O.R.E.O Online Teaching and Learning Tool Updated
We want to leverage tech tools for content delivery, discussion, interaction, collaboration, differentiation, and personalized learning. However, we also need to be mindful of how different platforms and digital tools for collaboration can overwhelm and confuse learners. Intentional planning, having a clear process and routines can help students avoid ‘collaborative overload’. When learners do not want to open one more tab or window, or launch one more app on their computer, it might signal that they begin to feel overwhelmed with communication and collaboration. Here are some tools that our teachers have used with students previously. I organize these digital tools based on the purpose for learning. Of course, you can always move them between categories. It all depends on the intention!
I also included some ideas for virtual icebreakers. Learning is not transactional. Instead, it's social and relational. We need to think about the purpose and maximize the time being together virtually. Instead of jumping right into the content and instruction delivery, at the beginning of the lesson, we welcome students and invite them to learn. However, asking students to share any experiences or ideas voluntarily is less effective and it does not include everyone. This is true whether being online or on campus. Relationship building requires thoughts and we need to do some prep work. Thus, having some "online icebreakers" might be useful to support teachers as their reference.
Another great tool that supports digital teaching is ClassrooScreen. It's exactly as it described on its website, "All the classroom tools at your fingertips". Students can follow the instruction in one space rather than jumping between webpages.
If you are a ManageBac school, I will also highly encourage schools and teachers explore the Stream & Resources function. It appears to me that many schools use ManageBac but they are not really aware of the functions and only use ManageBac for recording unit plan. I have made this Stream Function tutorial for our teachers. Hopefully, this will be helpful and encourage teachers to use ManageBac more as a teaching and learning tool, but not just a record keeping tool. Isn't it exhausting to use multiple platforms to teach and record lesson plans? Most importantly, it is really crucial to keep all information, resources, and student assessment work in the database to support teachers who will teach the unit next year and to further refine and develop curriculum.