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Moving your classes online #2

Moving your classes online #2
Published 13 March 2020 This is a follow up post from Ceri Jones who continues to share advice on how teachers can feel prepared with teaching students and moving classes online. Ceri Jones is a teacher, trainer and materials writer based in Spain. She is part of the author team for our courses Eyes Open and Evolve as well as an online tutor for The Consultants-E. 1. Structuring your online classes Once you’ve set up the channels of communication so that you can inform your students about the changes to their classes, you need to think about how you’re going to structure those classes. Synchronous or asynchronous? Synchronous classes are “live” events, with the teachers and students meeting in an online space at an arranged time. Asynchronous classes are held in a shared online space, but the teacher and the students don’t need to be present at the same time. You may find that you want to use a combination of both. Video, audio or text? Video Audio Text 2.

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Moving Your Classes Online #1 Published 13 March 2020 To help support all teachers who now have to teach from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have created a series of blog posts with expert advice on how to move your classes online. To begin, here’s a message from Eric Baber, Director of Professional Learning and Development, introducing the blog series. Teaching Children Online Published 18 March 2020 Are you a primary English teacher who is about to teach online for the first time? Or, are you a primary teacher facing the dual challenge of teaching children online and preparing them for English exams? Or, maybe you already teach English online and are looking for extra ready-to-use ideas to engage and motivate children?

Using Class Dojo to reinforce positive behavior Class Dojo is a popular and somewhat controversial free tech tool for behavior management. I frequently hear it recommended by teachers at all grade levels, but am not familiar with it personally. So, I’ve invited a teacher who has used Class Dojo with her students to explain what’s worked for her. Amanda Killough, who has been teaching middle school Social Studies for eleven years, is here to share with us how Class Dojo helps reinforces positive behavior in both her individual students and the class as a whole. Thank you, Amanda! Teaching middle school is not for the faint of heart. Ideas for adapting group lessons to working on Zoom As has happened in much of Europe, Poland has now closed schools, universities and other places where people might gather in the hope of reducing the spread of coronavirus. Our school had its last normal lessons on Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday dedicated to training our teachers how to use Zoom. We start teaching on Monday 16th, so my total experience with Zoom so far has been in the training process.

Video Conference Platform For Teaching Online Published 16 March 2020 Carol Rainbow is an online tutor for The Consultants-E. She has been a teacher for over 40 years and has been teaching online since 2008. Carol shares advice on using video conference platforms for teaching online. In this blog, she explains how video conference platform Zoom can be used to recreate the classroom environment. When delivering online teaching there are two main forms: synchronous (live) and asynchronous (using e-mail, downloads and a variety of platforms). Teaching Your Adult English Class Online Published 19 March 2020 Our blog series continues to help English teachers move their classes online in view of many institutions being closed due to the Covid-19 virus. Today’s post is by Carol Rainbow, who offers suggestions for teaching your adult English class online.

Child protection The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We believe child protection requires everyone to take responsibility. We recognise that the care and welfare of children is paramount and that all children have the right to protection from all types of harm. The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with, including a duty to protect them from abuse. We achieve this through compliance with UK child protection laws and relevant laws in each of the countries we operate in, as well as by adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989. A child is defined in the British Council as anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday (UNCRC 1989) irrespective of the age of majority in the country where a child is, or their home country.

Good Enough Is Good Enough Published 19 March 2020 Philip Kerr has a message to all teachers who have made the transition from teaching in the classroom to online: If this is the end of the (teaching) week for you, well done – you’ve made it. I’ll keep this short! You may be busy… Switching classes to online

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