Planning to teach remotely

Teaching remotely might seem like a scary concept. For most, it's a new experience which means doing things slightly differently.

If you are planning to teach remotely, here are some questions to be asking yourself and your colleagues in order to help prepare.

  1. Which platform will you use?

Ideally, use something your students are familiar with. All educational platforms have pros and cons, so do your research to make sure that you're investing time wisely. Take a look at some of the tools and the Microsoft Teams training above for information about the different platforms available

  1. How can you convert your resources and activities?

If a lot of your teaching requires face-to-face delivery, how can you overcome this? Think about different tools like Screencastify and Edpuzzle to help with this barrier. Creating a resource which self-marks through Microsoft Forms will save you time in the long run!

  1. How can you quickly train your students on the tools you will be using?

I'm going to start by saying ... your students have been brought up in a digital world. They should be quick to adapt to any new technology you decide to implement. Ensure any face-to-face time you have is spent wisely preparing students on the platform of your choice.

  1. How will you quickly learn the new software/platform to teach remotely?

The trick here is to adopt a mindset of "do it now, perfect it later". These are unprecedented times and flexibility is key, communicate this to your students - things might not work right away, but the fact you're muddling through it together to some extent will buy a lot of favour with them

  1. How will your learners with SEND adapt to a new way of working?

My advice is spend time making sure they are confident and able to carry out the tasks you have set for them. Communicate and recognise their barriers; help to understand what they need from a remote setting in order to achieve.

  1. How will you ensure equity of access?

Not all learners may have access to the technology which you assume they have. Have conversations early about the types of activity which they can and cannot undertake. Make sensible adjustments while you can; working remotely doesnt have to have a tech focus. Make some handouts and printouts and trackers for people to use. Make sure you know how to keep in contact with these learners.