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.

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. 

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. 

7 Tips for Distance Learning and Homeschooling

Many parents have suddenly become homeschool teachers and many teachers are adapting to distance learning. That can be a lot to get used to. Learning from home is very different from sending your kids to school—but it doesn’t have to be a struggle! We’ve put together seven great tips that will help you master distance learning. 

  1. Establish a routine. It’s a good idea to write up a rough timetable for every day of the week so that your days get some structure. The timetable doesn’t have to be hour-by-hour (we know home life can be unpredictable!)—you can just block out sessions for certain subjects so that you have a clear idea of what you’re tackling that day. And don’t forget to include regular fun breaks! 
  1. Aim for short, fun sessions. Children (especially younger ones!) don’t have very long attention spans, and being tired doesn’t make for productive learning! So aim for short bursts of study time, and pay attention to when your child shows signs of being tired or distracted. Be prepared to be flexible—if your child gets tired earlier than you thought, it’s better to take a break and return to the task later, rather than trying to power through. 
  1. Get creative and mix up the ways you learn. Mixing things up makes learning more fun, and there are endless possibilities for different learning activities! Aim for a nice mix of video-based learning, independent reading and writing, games and quizzes, hands-on activities, and discussions. There are plenty of resources available for free online—for example, we’re offering free access to Twig Science Tools (K–5) and Twig Secondary (6–12), which both contain thousands of videos, activities, visuals, quizzes, and learning materials. 
  1. Learn with your child. Teaching at home doesn’t mean you have to lecture. Make learning time fun by exploring a topic with your child, and encourage them to think further by asking questions and providing feedback. Your child is likely to learn a lot more this way, compared to if you simply tell them the facts. Plus, research has shown that students find interaction with their parents very motivational.
  1. Schedule alone time. This might seem like it goes against the earlier point—but homeschooling is all about variety! You’re going to be together for the whole day, so some alone time can be beneficial. This could involve watching a video that is both fun and instructive or doing independent research and reading. We’ve prepared independent learning packs for grades K–6 that are perfect for independent study. Check them out! Teaching older kids? Twig Secondary also contains independent study resources. 
  1. Stay in touch with classmates. Learning at home can be lonely for children who are used to seeing their friends everyday. But with today’s technology and platforms such as Zoom, they can still see each other! A perfect activity is watching a video together, and then prompting discussion among the kids using prepared questions. For example, each week we publish a new episode of Twig Science Reporter on Youtube with exciting news stories from the world of science, including discussion questions!
  1. Find a “learning space” at home. It can be weird eating, sleeping, working, and studying in the same space, and it might make the parts of the day blur together. But if you create a space dedicated for learning, you can still have the routine of “going to school.” This can mean simply moving from the kitchen table to the living room, or even just changing up the kitchen table a bit to make it feel more like a work space. 

We hope those tips will make your homeschooling days a bit easier. If you’re looking for free science resources, we’ve made thousands of videos, activities, lesson guides, games and quizzes available for free—plus we’ve put together independent study packs for all ages. Find out more!