What Virtual Learning Skills Should We Take Back to the Physical Classroom?

teacher helping studentAs many schools around the country start to return to in-person learning – whether it be a hybrid model or back in the classroom full-time – it can be easy to fall back into regular teaching and learning patterns. But as both teachers and students have been navigating the virtual landscape this past year, new techniques and learning opportunities have found their way into these virtual classrooms. Many of these skills can successfully translate into in-person instruction as we all start to creep back into our physical classroom spaces. Here are a few worth taking back to the classroom with you.

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Putting Relationships First

Getting to know kids has always been an integral part of being a successful teacher, but having to acquaint ourselves with classes from far away has made building relationships an even greater art form. More than ever before, we realize that if our students know we care about them, they are more likely to work with us, whether that translates to turning on cameras or turning on their attention.

Creativity and Ingenuity           

A few weeks ago, I watched a teacher in a virtual class do a vocabulary lesson. Each time a word came on screen, students had to pick an object from their home, hold it up, and use it in a sentence that incorporated the word. In such an environment, it was hard for students not to engage. From a teaching standpoint, when our brains are faced with new challenges, effective teachers rise to the occasion by finding ways to pivot. 

Quick Formative Assessment           

Kahoot, Desmos, Nearpod, Peardeck, Flipgrid, Kami...how do we count the ways that we’ve learned to check in with students in such a short period of time? Whether we use the results for information about what students learned, for ideas about how to create small groups, for correcting confusion or for providing helpful feedback, we can continue to use these handy technological tools to provide quick, engaging formative assessments.

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Before having to pivot to a full-time virtual learning environment, many schools were already thinking about the process of digital learning in the classroom and school-wide ebook implementation. This past year has shown us the power of leveraging technology to improve your school. Transitioning from textbooks to ebooks using an innovative online platform that’s right for your school gives school administrators and teachers the controls they need at their fingertips.

School administrators benefit from an easy, fast, and affordable implementation of ebooks that integrates with the school’s Student Information System (SIS). Teachers are empowered by a simplified way to customize the educational experience for each student. And Students will access all their ebooks from one location – no more juggling multiple websites to get to their ebooks – whether at home or in the physical classroom.

As your school prepares for teachers and students to be back in the classroom, start the conversation and find out more about school-wide ebook implementation, contact us for a free demo!

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