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Remote Learning Challenges for Schools

Engage

Easy to use tools such as Google Classroom can open up virtual discussions about a subject
or lesson. Using the Stream feature within Google Classroom, you can encourage students to talk about a section or element of the lesson, which not only breaks the lesson down into manageable pieces but also opens up discussions at a class level. With Google Docs you can also highlight and give valuable feedback.

Formative assessments with Google Forms allows you to take quizzes on lessons to test understanding. It also offers auto-grading and allows you to embed videos or images - another great strategy in keeping students engaged digitally.

Encourage 

Remote learning can be isolating and disheartening at times. Keeping connected with students using Google Meet can help maintain a level of structure and learning with the teacher, while the Calendar Appointment Slots can provide 1:1 sessions with students who may need a little extra help and encouragement. The recording feature also provides students who were unable to make the live lesson a video to watch at a later date, ensuring no-one misses out.

During this unsettling time you may find it useful to ‘check in’ with your students. Hangouts are a great way to maintain a classroom environment but you can also provide other ways for students to share their experiences. With Google Forms you can create mood check-ins for students to share their thoughts and allows students to request a meeting with their teacher if they need to hear a comforting voice. You can also set up a private blog where students can reflect and journal their emotions during school closures.

Easily Accessible

Creating a central hub of communication allows teachers, students and guardians to easily access all relevant information, enabling greater collaboration and enhanced learning. Using an online education platform such as Google Classroom, teachers are able to plan, set and mark assignments, and students can access all their work in one place.

While distance learning has undoubtedly created many challenges, with the right strategies in place, teachers and students can take advantage of some of the positives such as not as many time constraints and rushing between classes. We’ve seen many schools and administrators reaching out to each other, sharing advice on how to get the most out of their blended learning system and ultimately trying to use technology to its fullest potential. Check out our page on Help Using Online Education Platforms during the Covid-19 crisis.



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