8 Enfoques clave de educación a distancia | Twig Education

En los últimos meses, maestros y alumnos han tenido que adaptarse a la educación a distancia, lo que conlleva enfrentarse a nuevos retos. Dado que es poco probable que la mayoría de nosotros volvamos a tiempo completo a un aula normal pronto, es importante encontrar formas de hacer que la educación a distancia sea lo más exitosa posible.

Hay varias razones por las que la educación a distancia a veces puede ser un desafío. El contacto uno a uno es importante para la motivación y el compromiso, y es menos probable que los estudiantes participen continuamente en el trabajo del curso sin contacto personal con los maestros y compañeros de clase. Tampoco es fácil para los estudiantes con dificultades de aprendizaje recibir el apoyo que necesitan si no están en la misma sala que sus maestros. 

Además de eso, no todos los niños tienen fácil acceso a dispositivos digitales o una buena conexión a Internet. Si bien los maestros no pueden controlar el entorno del hogar de los alumnos, hay algunas cosas que puedes hacer para ayudar a que tus alumnos se mantengan comprometidos, constantes y motivados.

Estos son nuestros principales consejos sobre cómo navegar con éxito en un entorno de aprendizaje a distancia.

  1. Hazlo divertido

Esto puede parecer obvio, pero podría decirse que es lo más importante en la educación a distancia. Los alumnos deben sentirse motivados para ser constantes en las lecciones virtuales, participar en los trabajo en grupo y hacer su trabajo independiente. Cambia algo todos los días y utiliza recursos digitales como videos, juegos interactivos y actividades prácticas. 

  1. No des sermones—prioriza la conversación

Mantén las explicaciones al mínimo y prioriza el contenido de video, los proyectos de investigación o el estudio independiente para asegurarte de que los estudiantes se familiarizan con los temas antes de venir a clase. Reserva tiempo cara a cara para conversaciones, comentarios y proyectos prácticos.

  1. Busca un aprendizaje lo más colaborativo e interactivo posible

Esto es complicado en un entorno de enseñanza a distancia, pero no imposible. Utiliza las salas para grupos pequeños (disponibles con la mayoría de las plataformas de videoconferencia) para fomentar el trabajo en grupo y / o la discusión, asigna proyectos prácticos como tarea y utiliza actividades y juegos interactivos cuando sea adecuado.

  1. Haz uso de un Sistema de Gestión de Aprendizaje (SGA)

Usa un SGA u otra aplicación para compartir contenido ya que puede ayudar enormemente en un entorno de educación a distancia. Por ejemplo, se puede pedir a los estudiantes que compartan los resultados de sus proyectos o que trabajen en proyectos grupales en documentos compartidos. Además, un SGA generalmente te permite compartir fácilmente videos u otro contenido con los estudiantes como “asignaciones”. 

  1. Haz que los alumnos rindan cuentas

Los alumnos con motivación por naturaleza suelen tener más éxito en un entorno de educación a distancia. Con los alumnos con dificultades, puedes utilizar estas estrategias:

  • Prioriza los proyectos grupales sobre las tareas individuales y haz uso de las salas de descanso durante el tiempo del aula para darles a los grupos tiempo dedicado para ponerse al día. 
  • Mantén a los padres informados. Por supuesto, los padres no son maestros y la mayoría tendrán trabajos que les limitarán el tiempo, aún así, es probable que muchos estén dispuestos a aportar en que sus hijos sean responsables cuando se trata de hacer sus tareas escolares.
  1. Establece metas individuales claras y verifica el aprendizaje

Evalúa cómo se ha desarrollado cada estudiante recientemente y establece metas para que las alcancen. Adapta el contenido y las tareas de cada lección para lograr estos objetivos y asegúrate de verificar el progreso de los estudiantes con regularidad. Esto ayudará a motivar a los alumnos a aprender y significa que puede realizar un seguimiento de las necesidades de los estudiantes.

  1. No te olvides de diferenciar entre tus alumnos

Puede ser un desafío atender a todos los alumnos en un entorno de aprendizaje a distancia, pero quizás en este entorno sea incluso más importante. Hay algunas cosas que puedes hacer para ayudar:

  • Reúne grupos de alumnos en diferentes salas de reuniones. Dependiendo de la tarea, puede ser más útil reunir a los alumnos con las mismas habilidades o agruparlos complementándose con una variedad de habilidades diferentes.
  • Adapta la tarea y la retroalimentación a las necesidades de los alumnos. No todos aprenden de la misma manera y algunos alumnos pueden necesitar ayuda adicional en ciertas áreas.
  • Busca recursos de enseñanza que permitan un aprendizaje diferenciado, como videos que vienen con subtítulos / voz en off en diferentes niveles de idioma o en diferentes idiomas.
  1. Busca recursos de confianza

Tener recursos de confianza que pueda usar para una amplia gama de propósitos es esencial para el éxito del aprendizaje a distancia. Los recursos de Twig Education para edades de 4 a 16 años se pueden adaptar fácilmente para la educación a distancia:

  • Nuestra función “presenta tu lección” te permite fácilmente compartir materiales educativos con tus alumnos tanto durante una conferencia de video como en el aula.
  • Nuestros videos atractivos y de alta calidad se pueden enviar a los alumnos como un contacto previo a un tema o lección antes de una clase de educación a distancia. Los subtítulos, locuciones y subtítulos en inglés estándar y simplificado, árabe, chino y más idiomas, permiten su diferenciación fácilmente.
  • Las actividades interactivas, los juegos y las pruebas son perfectos para animar a los alumnos a participar en el proceso de aprendizaje durante las lecciones de videoconferencia.

Obtén más información visitando nuestros recursos: Twig (años 11–16), Tigtag (años 7–11), Tigtag CLIL (años 7–11, con apoyo adicional de lenguaje), o Tigtag Junior (años 4–7).

Esperamos que estos consejos te ayuden a sentirte más equipado para abordar la enseñanza a distancia en el futuro.

¿Qué impacto ha tenido la pandemia en la educación?

Para estudiantes y profesores de todo el mundo, el último año ha sido una experiencia turbulenta. Cuando la pandemia golpeó a principios de 2020, países de todo el mundo impusieron el cierre de escuelas, con el objetivo de “volver a la normalidad” lo antes posible. Sin embargo, muchos estudiantes y profesores están aún ejerciendo la enseñanza a distancia a tiempo completo, mientras que otros se están adaptando a la educación híbrida entre la escuela y en el hogar.

A mediados de marzo de 2020, el 44% de los estudiantes de todo el mundo estaban fuera de las aulas de forma parcial o permanente, y a mediados de abril este número había aumentado al 84,5%, con casi 1.500 millones de estudiantes en 165 países afectados por el cierre de escuelas. (1) Para continuar la enseñanza durante este tiempo, los profesores tuvieron que cambiar completamente la forma en que enseñaban. Se adaptaron los recursos didácticos, se actualizaron los planes de lecciones y se introdujeron plataformas de enseñanza electrónicas, todo con el objetivo de garantizar que los alumnos no vieran afectado su aprendizaje. La enseñanza asincrónica, en la que los estudiantes asimilan el contenido de forma independiente e informan al profesor, tuvo bastante popularidad, junto con la enseñanza sincrónica, en la que el profesor imparte lecciones en línea a través de software como Zoom o Google Classroom.

Los gobiernos de todo el mundo respondieron ofreciendo guías de orientación y formación, al tiempo que proporcionaron recursos educativos gratuitos a través de la televisión, la radio e Internet. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles en los EUA se asoció con la red de televisión PBS para ofrecer transmisiones educativas locales, (2) mientras que la televisión nacional del Reino Unido, la BBC, lanzó una serie de enseñanza virtual llamada Bitesize Daily. (3) Mientras tanto, las plataformas de enseñanza en línea y las empresas de conferencias en línea también ofrecieron su apoyo. Por ejemplo, BYJU, con sede en Bangalore, ofreció clases gratuitas en vivo, y Lark, con sede en Singapur, ofreció a los profesores y alumnos tiempo ilimitado de videoconferencias, edición de proyectos en tiempo real y más. (4) La UNESCO trabajó con muchos países para minimizar la interrupción del aprendizaje causada por la pandemia, apoyando la implementación de programas de educación a distancia y recomendó el uso de aplicaciones educativas abiertas. (5)

Para nosotros en Twig, no hay nada más importante que apoyar a los profesores y los alumnos, por lo que hemos ofrecido contenido STEM de nuestros productos de forma gratuita, así como acceso a paquetes de educación a distancia especialmente diseñados para la enseñanza a distancia. En México, Twig Education trabajó junto con la Secretaría de Educación Pública para brindar a los estudiantes y maestros acceso gratuito a contenido STEM como: videos de ciencia, materiales educativos, planes de clase, paquetes de estudio independientes y libros de lectura en línea en español. Más de 11.000 usuarios accedieron a las plataformas Twig, Tigtag y Tigtag Junior durante el 2020 mediante la estrategia Aprende en Casa, y a partir de 2021 a través del sitio Nueva Escuela Mexicana. Además, se transmitieron 100 videos de Twig en televisión nacional como parte de la globalmente reconocida iniciativa Televisión Educativa.

Twig también ha colaborado con Ministerios de Educación en Colombia, Uruguay, Perú, Guatemala y España, ofreciendo acceso gratuito a recursos STEM para profesores y estudiantes, contribuyendo a mejorar el conocimiento científico a nivel mundial. En Colombia, apoyamos el programa ‘Jornada Única’ del Ministerio de Educación, un proyecto que tiene como objetivo reducir la brecha en la calidad de la educación entre la educación pública y la privada, mediante la extensión del horario escolar en las escuelas públicas. Los recursos de Tigtag y Tigtag Junior se han incluido en un ‘Kit de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación’, con distribución en 457 escuelas en áreas rurales.

Más recientemente, nuestros 29 libros de lectura en español fueron seleccionados por el Ministerio de Educación de Chile para ser incluidos en su Comunidad Lectora Digital, un sitio que tiene como objetivo aumentar la alfabetización en los estudiantes jóvenes proporcionándoles contenido de lectura atractivo.

De manera similar, nos sentimos increíblemente orgullosos de trabajar con UNICEF en The Learning Passport, una plataforma educativa digital personalizada para niños y jóvenes.

A febrero de 2021, 28 países del mundo mantienen cerradas sus escuelas a nivel nacional. La mayoría de los países del mundo han cerrado sus escuelas locales o bien han puesto en marcha un sistema de enseñanza híbrido en el que los estudiantes pasan algunos días en las escuelas y otros en casa. En todo el mundo, casi 222 millones de estudiantes se ven afectados actualmente. (6) Entonces, ¿cómo será el futuro?

Si bien algunos estudios muestran que los estudiantes retienen más material cuando aprenden en línea, (7) muchos otros estudios muestran la importancia de la enseñanza en persona. Según un estudio de la OECD, el éxito escolar se basa en relaciones cercanas con los maestros. (8) Naturalmente, el aprendizaje en línea ha dificultado que los maestros ayuden a quienes tienen dificultades de aprendizaje. Los estudiantes que vienen de familias desfavorecidas han sido especialmente afectados ya que no tienen un fácil acceso a dispositivos digitales, y cuyos padres no suelen poder ayudarles con los deberes. Estos estudiantes en una situación normal habrían podido utilizar el equipamiento escolar y recibir apoyo en persona de sus maestros.

Aunque es probable que las escuelas vuelvan a abrir en cuanto sea posible, la enseñanza híbrida se ha vuelto cada vez más popular y es probable que se mantenga durante bastante tiempo, si no durante los años venideros. En el futuro, los maestros tendrán que seguir desarrollando y adaptando sus métodos de enseñanza, y las empresas educativas tendrán que ofrecer soluciones creativas para asegurarse de que todos los niños reciban apoyo.

En Twig Education, continuaremos respondiendo a las necesidades de los estudiantes y educadores de todo el mundo. En los EUA, hemos lanzado Twig Distance Learning, un programa flexible de aprendizaje a distancia que admite la educación sincrónica y asincrónica, con un menú a la carta de nuestros experimentados instructores de Twig. Además, seguimos apoyando a los profesores y estudiantes de todo el mundo, mediante la mejora de nuestros recursos de aprendizaje y ofreciendo orientación sobre cómo pueden adaptarse a la educación a distancia

Fuentes:

  1. https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse
  2. https://deadline.com/2020/03/pbs-socal-kcet-lausd-los-angeles-schools-close-1202883111/
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/education-teachers
  4. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-education-global-covid19-online-digital-learning/
  5. https://en.unesco.org/news/290-million-students-out-school-due-covid-19-unesco-releases-first-global-numbers-and-mobilizes
  6. https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse
  7. https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/301248/15-facts-and-stats-that-reveal-the-power-of-elearning
  8. http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/learning-remotely-when-schools-close-how-well-are-students-and-schools-prepared-insights-from-pisa-3bfda1f7/

8 Key Distance Learning Approaches | Twig Distance Learning

Over the last few months, teachers and students have had to adapt to distance learning, which comes with a whole host of new challenges. Since most of us are unlikely to get back full-time to a normal classroom anytime soon, it’s important to find ways to make distance learning as successful as possible. 

There are several reasons why distance learning can sometimes be a challenge. One-to-one contact is important for motivation and accountability, and students are less likely to continually engage in coursework without personal contact with teachers and classmates. It’s also not as straightforward for struggling students to receive the support they need if they’re not in the same room as their teachers. 

On top of that, not all children have easy access to digital devices or a good internet connection. While teachers can’t control a student’s home environment, there are some things you can do to ensure your students stay engaged, challenged, and motivated. 

Here are our top tips for how to successfully navigate a distance learning environment.

  1. Make it fun

This one might seem obvious, but it’s arguably even more important in a distance learning classroom. Students need to feel motivated to keep coming back to virtual lessons, engage with group work, and do their independent work. Change it up every day and make use of digital resources like videos, interactive games, and hands-on activities. 

  1. Don’t lecture—prioritize conversation

Keep the explaining to a minimum and prioritize video content, investigatory projects, or independent research to ensure that students familiarize themselves with topics before coming to class. Reserve face-to-face time for conversations, feedback, and hands-on projects. 

  1. Make learning as collaborative and interactive as possible

This is trickier in a distance learning environment, but not impossible. Make use of break-out rooms (available with most video conference platforms) to encourage group work and/or discussion, assign practical projects as homework, and use interactive activities and games when suitable.  

  1. Make use of a learning management system (LMS)

Using an LMS or other application for sharing content can help immensely in a distance learning environment. For example, students can be asked to share research findings or work on group projects in shared documents. In addition, an LMS will usually allow you to easily share videos or other content with students as “assignments.” 

  1. Hold students accountable

Students who are naturally self-motivated are often more successful in a distance learning environment. With students who struggle, there are strategies you can use:

  • Prioritize group assignments over individual homework, and make use of break-out rooms during class time to give groups dedicated time to catch up. 
  • Keep parents in the loop. Of course, parents aren’t teachers, and most will have jobs that take up their time, but many will likely be keen to keep their kids accountable when it comes to doing their schoolwork. 
  1. Set clear individual goals and check learning

Look at how each student has performed recently and put together goals for them to achieve. Tailor your lesson content and assignments to meet these goals, and make sure to check students’ learning regularly. This will help motivate students to learn and means you can keep track of student needs.

  1. Don’t forget about differentiation

It can be challenging to cater to every single student in a distance learning environment, but it’s perhaps even more important. There are a few things you can do to help: 

  • Put groups of students together in different break-out rooms. Depending on the task, it may be more helpful to either put students of the same ability together, or group students in a range of different abilities. 
  • Adapt homework and feedback to student needs. Not everyone learns in the same way, and some students may need additional help in certain areas. 
  • Find learning resources that allow for differentiated learning, such as videos that come with captions/voice-overs in different language levels or different languages. 
  1. Find reliable resources

Having a reliable resource that you trust and can use for a wide range of purposes is essential for successful distance learning. Twig Distance Learning does just that. Our distance learning solution is based on our full PreK/TK–8 standards-based science program. In addition to the full Twig Science program, Twig DL features additional support:

  • Twig Coach videos are bite-sized studio quality coaching videos, presented by experienced teachers who lead students through each lesson, encouraging participation and engagement.
  • Video Labs allow students to take part in experiments from home. Students can now investigate and participate in experiments with our digital labs, created to support teaching hands on science. 

We hope that these tips will help you feel more equipped to tackle distance learning in the future. 

Teenage girl student at a high school standing among the students and looking at camera. All students wearing N95 Face masks waiting in line.

Global Approaches to School Reopenings

Teenage girl student at a high school standing among the students and looking at camera. All students wearing N95 Face masks waiting in line.

In March, the world came to a halt and schools closed for weeks, sometimes months, on end. Since then, countries have slowly started reopening schools, trying to find a new normal—but what is this new normal? Different countries have had different strategies, and the world is still figuring the best approach.

What are the pros and cons of reopening schools?

A much-cited argument for opening schools is that those under the age of 18 are less likely to catch the virus and less likely to get severely ill.(1) However, there have been cases of children under 18 falling seriously ill, even if it is rarer.(2) Naturally, many parents are wary of putting their children at risk, even with a smaller risk of illness.

But there are other aspects to the problem. For many families, not being able to send their children to school can have tough consequences: parents may not be able to work full-time, resulting in less income, and in some places, children rely on school lunches to not have to go hungry. Students also risk falling behind without adequate support. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) points out, schools are “critical to addressing racial and social inequity” and school closures impact differently on “diverse racial, ethnic, and vulnerable groups.”(3) As a result, schools reopening has been a priority for many countries.

Global approaches

Denmark and Norway have often been mentioned as success stories: only about a month after schools first closed, primary students were welcomed back in smaller classes with stricter rules about hygiene and social distancing. In Denmark, students were assigned to “micro-groups” of 12 students, arriving at separate times. So far, neither country has reported a spike in cases as a result of schools reopening.(4) 

The majority of countries that have started reopening schools have done so with at least some changes to hygiene rules and physical distancing. Many countries have also staggered starting and ending times.(2) Younger students have often been welcomed back first, since they are less likely to get infected. This is also beneficial to families as parents don’t have to worry about supervising their children and can go back to work. 

While some countries have gone for the physical distancing approach, some are opting for the safety of face coverings instead. Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are some of the countries where face masks are now required. Meanwhile, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Norway and Switzerland have instead reduced class sizes to allow for a 6ft distance between students.(2) There is still little evidence for which of these approaches is the most effective in a school environment. 

Do schools really play a big role in spreading the virus? 

In Israel, schools reopened at the end of May, which led to several schools becoming clusters of infection. However, this is thought to be due to much less strict social distancing and preventive measures, and higher infection rates throughout the country.(4) Israel is thought to be an exception, as most countries report no significant effect from schools reopening.

In a German study, a very small number of the 2,000 schoolchildren and teachers involved showed COVID-19 antibodies. Another study compared Finland and Sweden, two countries that have a similar demographic but tackled school closures very differently. Both countries showed a similar, very small number of cases among school-aged children. These studies both suggest that schools don’t play a significant role in spreading the virus.(2) That said, we are still at the very beginning of research around COVID-19, and until we know more, caution is advisable. 

Going forward

Some countries that successfully reopened in the spring, such as Japan, are now planning to reopen without full social distancing measures. However, facial coverings are still mandatory and stricter hygiene measures are still in place. In France, the distancing requirement has been reduced to one meter. Many countries, such as Canada, are sorting students into “bubbles,” allowing for less physical distancing measures and more students attending schools.(5) Countries that have high infection rates are now beginning to welcome students back for the new school year, whether in-person or remotely. 

In the United States, most school districts are opting for distance learning as the new school year starts this month.(6) Of the country’s 15 biggest school districts, only one is offering in-person instruction:

  • New York City, Chicago and Hawaii are opting for a hybrid model, with students attending school a few days a week and learning from home the rest of the time. Students are also required to socially distance and wear face coverings. 
  • Districts that are only offering digital, remote learning include Los Angeles (CA), Clark County (NV), Houston (TX), Palm Beach (FL), Wake County (NC), and others. 
  • Orange County, Florida is offering students and parents a choice between in-person only or online only instruction.(7)

Both the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the AAP have published recommendations for school reopenings. The CDC recommends increased supervision around hand hygiene and “respiratory etiquette,” regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, spaced seating and physical barriers as appropriate, and face coverings if feasible.(8) Similarly, the AAP recommends smaller classes, physical distancing and face coverings whenever possible.(3) 

There are of course many variables that can affect the success of reopenings, such as the number of cases in the state, the size of the school, the combination of various measures, etc. Ultimately, it is a question of finding the right balance between keeping the rate of infection low, while simultaneously ensuring that children receive an education. As the year progresses, we are likely to find out more about what strategies are successful. 

As we move forward, teachers and students will likely have to get used to distance learning as part of their education, even if it’s only part-time. Thankfully, many educational companies now offer tailored distance learning solutions that will help teachers give students a full learning experience, even during the time they spend learning from home. 

At Twig Science, we have worked hard to produce a distance learning solution that works, complete with coaching videos presented by experienced teachers, and science lab videos that allows students to take part in experiments from home. Find out more!

SOURCES:

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/14/school-reopenings-what-can-the-us-learn-from-other-countries-experiences

(2) https://globalhealth.washington.edu/file/6393/download

(3) https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/06/26/schoolreopening062620

(4) https://www.vox.com/2020/7/15/21324082/coronavirus-school-reopening-trump-children-safety

(5) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/schools-reopening-coronavirus/2020/07/10/865fb3e6-c122-11ea-8908-68a2b9eae9e0_story.html

(6) https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/508105-heres-your-states-plan-for-reopening-schools

(7) https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/30/us/schools-reopening-district-plans/index.html

(8) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html

8 Key Distance Learning Approaches | Twig Education

Over the last few months, teachers and students have had to adapt to distance learning, which comes with a whole host of new challenges. Since most of us are unlikely to get back full-time to a normal classroom anytime soon, it’s important to find ways to make distance learning as successful as possible. 

There are several reasons why distance learning can sometimes be a challenge. One-to-one contact is important for motivation and accountability, and students are less likely to continually engage in coursework without personal contact with teachers and classmates. It’s also not as straightforward for struggling students to receive the support they need if they’re not in the same room as their teachers. 

On top of that, not all children have easy access to digital devices or a good internet connection. While teachers can’t control a student’s home environment, there are some things you can do to ensure your students stay engaged, challenged, and motivated. 

Here are our top tips for how to successfully navigate a distance learning environment.

  1. Make it fun

This one might seem obvious, but it’s arguably even more important in a distance learning classroom. Students need to feel motivated to keep coming back to virtual lessons, engage with group work, and do their independent work. Change it up every day and make use of digital resources like videos, interactive games, and hands-on activities. 

  1. Don’t lecture—prioritize conversation

Keep the explaining to a minimum and prioritize video content, investigatory projects, or independent research to ensure that students familiarize themselves with topics before coming to class. Reserve face-to-face time for conversations, feedback, and hands-on projects. 

  1. Make learning as collaborative and interactive as possible

This is trickier in a distance learning environment, but not impossible. Make use of break-out rooms (available with most video conference platforms) to encourage group work and/or discussion, assign practical projects as homework, and use interactive activities and games when suitable.  

  1. Make use of a learning management system (LMS)

Using an LMS or other application for sharing content can help immensely in a distance learning environment. For example, students can be asked to share research findings or work on group projects in shared documents. In addition, an LMS will usually allow you to easily share videos or other content with students as “assignments.” 

  1. Hold students accountable

Students who are naturally self-motivated are often more successful in a distance learning environment. With students who struggle, there are strategies you can use:

  • Prioritize group assignments over individual homework, and make use of break-out rooms during class time to give groups dedicated time to catch up. 
  • Keep parents in the loop. Of course, parents aren’t teachers, and most will have jobs that take up their time, but many will likely be keen to keep their kids accountable when it comes to doing their schoolwork. 
  1. Set clear individual goals and check learning

Look at how each student has performed recently and put together goals for them to achieve. Tailor your lesson content and assignments to meet these goals, and make sure to check students’ learning regularly. This will help motivate students to learn and means you can keep track of student needs.

  1. Don’t forget about differentiation

It can be challenging to cater to every single student in a distance learning environment, but it’s perhaps even more important. There are a few things you can do to help: 

  • Put groups of students together in different break-out rooms. Depending on the task, it may be more helpful to either put students of the same ability together, or group students in a range of different abilities. 
  • Adapt homework and feedback to student needs. Not everyone learns in the same way, and some students may need additional help in certain areas. 
  • Find learning resources that allow for differentiated learning, such as videos that come with captions/voice-overs in different language levels or different languages. 
  1. Find reliable resources

Having a reliable resource that you trust and can use for a wide range of purposes is essential for successful distance learning. Twig Education’s resources for ages 4–16 are easily adaptable for distance learning:

  • Our “present your lesson” function allows you to easily share learning materials with your students both during video conference lessons, and in the classroom.
  • Our high-quality, engaging videos can be sent to students as pre-investigations before a distance learning class. Captions, voiceovers and transcripts in Simplified and Standard English, Arabic, Chinese, and more allow for easy differentiation.
  • Interactive activities, games, and quizzes are perfect for encouraging students to engage with their learning during video conference lessons.

Find out more by visiting our resources: Twig (ages 11–16), Tigtag (ages 7–11), Tigtag CLIL (ages 7–11, with additional language support), or Tigtag Junior (ages 4–7).

We hope that these tips will help you feel more equipped to tackle distance learning in the future.