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Translating aspects of online instruction into the classroom

Jul 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis

When many teachers transitioned to online instruction, they got to know their students in a whole new way. Through video conferencing in lessons and communicating more with students via email and discussion boards, teachers have been able to see beyond the classroom and learn more about their students’ lives and thoughts.

Canva - Photo of Boy Sitting on Chair While Holding an IpadHowever, while teachers are looking forward to returning to the classroom with their students, in her article for Edutopia, eighth grade history teacher Sarah Copper notes that there are some aspects of e-learning that may be worth keeping around.

The chat features in various learning management systems have offered many benefits to teachers’ virtual classrooms, such as allowing students to have monitored conversations as they work on their lessons. This keeps students engaged in the class and eager to join each day while also benefitting the teacher in allowing them to get to know their students better.

Through continuing to implement some type of monitored classroom chat or discussion board, teachers can get this same kind of engagement and feedback, even in a physical space.

Additionally, the digital spaces and learning management software have enabled teachers to give more individualized feedback to students in efforts to stay connected with everyone. Although it is beneficial to have answers explained when papers are passed back, it can also be beneficial for students to see individualized feedback from their teachers and enable them to ask underlying questions more privately. Thus, incorporating this into the physical classroom can be beneficial, using email or another form of one-on-one support.

Canva - Mother Helping her Daughter with her HomeworkFinally, exit tickets became more common in online instruction, whether it be a digital form or a discussion board so teachers could make sure their students were staying up with the material and understanding what was being taught.

While these were critical in transitions to online learning to make sure everyone was understanding the material in this new environment, these can also be beneficial in the physical classroom to assess student understanding.

While not all the transitions made for e-learning have been easy or ideal, they have provided teachers with new ways to think about classroom instruction that could have a lasting effect.

Read the full story here: Distance Learning Strategies to Bring Back to the Classroom.

Topics: STEM Education Tools, STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, Education Technology

Rebecca Ellis

Written by Rebecca Ellis