WE know you will be receiving a lot of information about Coronavirus, and giving a lot of thought and preparatory work in the event of school closures. A number of our schools are investigating how they might use remote and online learning in the event of these closures.
This is somewhere we think we can maximise the power of the WE network, by supporting you to learn from each other. Supporting young people with online learning, selecting the most appropriate resources and quickly developing teaching staff confidence and practice in managing on-line learning will be crucial now, and desirable beyond the Coronavirus crisis.
A simple set of questions to assess parents readiness for home schooling – and where they might need support.
How DfE Digital Transformation case study school Eaton Primary use technology to reduce staff workload and improve learning – with a bonus interview full of top tips!
How Shireland will operate in the event of school closures using technology (starts at 1:20:00). CEO of Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust Sir Mark Grundy, a longstanding member of Whole Education and advocate of technology enabled learning, was on Radio 4’s Today programme. Shireland will deliver an AM and PM teaching session via Skype, every day.
“Remote Learning at Victoria Shanghai Academy” Teacher blogger Adam Hill works at an international school in Hong Kong that has been closed due to Coronavirus. He shares how they are making online learning a success, designing work that children can complete relatively independently and offering time for group video calling slots with Zoom.
The Oppi community of education innovators share crowdsourced tips. Including advice on preparing for remote learning, tools to use, preparing teachers and communicating with parents. There’s also a great case study from the International School of Monza!
General online and remote learning advice and tips:
Harvard – best practices: online pedagogy has some really practical, general tips that can help educators think about ensuring high-quality learning in an online setting.
TES: Coronavirus: Your complete planning guide for closures. This includes a useful overview of technology, including the benefits and risk of free technology, as well as lots of advice on supporting staff.
Tom Sherrington’s blog has advice on how to keep learning going during potentially extended school closures. It’s full of straightforward principles and some useful practical ideas, like setting long-running personal projects as well as specific tasks.
EdSurge’s guide to coping with Coronavirus. It quotes a helpful checklist of strategies for online learning – prepare, practice and implementation. Other guides that might be useful are from EdTechnology – which simply summarises a range of options available to help pick what might be right for your school – and Wakelet’s list of resources on how to use Microsoft Teams for classroom management and student engagement.
Edtech during school closures:
EdTech comparison platform, EdTech Impact has also created a COVID-19 filter. It aims to help schools compare technologies and offers to make an informed decision about what fits their needs and priorities.
Friend of Whole Education Century Tech have offered their great AI platform to all schools and students in the event of closures. Read more in their Telegraph article about their generous offer.
“With 290 million kids out of school, coronavirus is putting online learning to the test”. An article about the huge amount of schools grappling with remote learning during the current crisis, and some of the approaches they are taking.
We’re asking you to tell us how WE can support you during this time – in the spirit of our network we want to crowdsource and share good ideas, while in the spirit of using remote learning better we want to find out if a series of webinars or virtual meetings could help you, professionally or personally, during school closures. Please complete this short, schools survey.