How Educators Prepare to Teach Online

How Educators Prepare to Teach Online
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    Colleges and universities prepared for decades to seamlessly shift between live instruction and online classes.

    But for many K-12 schools, moving classes entirely online is a new experience.


Teachers who have not previously conducted classes online are adapting. Here is how educators prepare to teach online.

Set up the Learning Environment

School districts that can afford it will already have some form of learning management system—an online, probably cloud-based platform that provides a way to organize and deliver online learning.

These systems typically have sections where students can look up daily assignments, submit homework, and communicate with their teachers. Some will have built-in features for conducting video chats via webcam so students can see the teacher and one another while they are learning online.

With the help of technology companies that have an interest in getting young students to become comfortable with their hardware (laptops, tablets) and software (operating systems, apps), many schools have been able to supply students with loaner laptops or tablets to use at school.

When school is closed, those devices become the students’ virtual classrooms.

Equity is a serious issue when school officials consider moving classes online. Some districts are able to lend hotspot devices to students without home internet access, and some have loaner laptops on hand.

Other districts are simply too large or too poor to equip all students with what they need to continue their learning online.

These districts must decide whether to cancel school altogether and treat the closure like an emergency weather closing.

The impact on parents is a big concern, and how they’ll arrange for childcare in the absence of schools in session can be an insurmountable burden.

Prepare Lesson Plans and Stick to a Schedule

College and university students and other adult learners may adapt more easily to the differences between live instruction and e-learning. The change may be more difficult for younger children. While most kids who’ve had access to it are good at using technology, adapting to doing things differently at a different time of day than they’re used to can be tough. 

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Online learning experts recommend that teachers maintain schedules, stay available to students during school hours, and plan to address the emotional aspects of missing friends and playing and learning together. 

It is important to maintain attention to individualized learning and learning styles—checking in with each student privately and individually to see how they’re doing and what kind of help they need to proceed with their studies.

Parents and teachers are in this together and have to be flexible and helpful with one another for the benefit of their kids and students. Technical support might not always be immediately available, so creative problem-solving is the order of the day when educators prepare for teaching online.

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