Support for Successful Online Learning
More educators are now engaging with online learning and remote working and for them we put together some ideas, tools, and methods to learn, teach and animate a classroom online, without forgetting unplugged activities.
We will regularly update the article to add new resources and information.
Self-assessment and reflection
Technology enhanced teaching self-assessment tool (TET-SAT) supports teachers at all levels of education (incl. initial teacher education) to reflect and act upon their digital pedagogical competence.
Self-assessment tool on inclusion in and around schools is part of the European Toolkit for Schools and will help reflect on the inclusion policies and practices that are implemented in your school and provides suggestions for further improvement.
Setting your professional development goals
Connect with communities of passionate classmates, develop new knowledge. These MOOCs are running right now:
Formative Assessment in Practice – Shaping Student Learning (Teacher Academy by School Education Gateway)
Good advice: make relevant information easily accessible, don't forget to keep your learning diary.
Exploring web 2.0 tools
eXeLEarning is a free and open source editor that allows the creation of quality digital educational content in a simple an easy way. All the educational materials generated can be exported in different digital formats, to be used independently or to integrate them into a LMS (Learning Management System) like Moodle.
Coding offers versatile ways to stay engaged and learn, for example creating games using Scratch! Check free lesson plans available in the Code Week website, more specifically the resources Visual programming – introduction to Scratch and Creating educational games with Scratch. To know more about visual programming tools, visit the EU Code Week Deep Dive MOOC.
The Code Week proposes also unplugged activities.
Coding without digital technology suggests three different lesson plans that require no computer or internet connection, but cheap materials such as drawing paper and colors, paper tape or the CodyRoby DIY kit.
How to create a mechanical cardboard hand with cheap materials such as cardboard, rubber bands, drinking straws, string or nylon cord, glue and scissors is another activity to discover. See examples of cardboard hands here.
Suggestions by the Future Classroom Lab partners
To support educators in the best possible way, several of the FCL partners have made their resources available free of charge.
Note: EUN does not endorse or has approved specific products, services or levels of competence. EUN adheres to its code of practice regarding its collaboration with industry partners.
Microsoft Education: To adapt school systems to distance learning and enable teachers to stay connected with their students and continue their teaching, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and other app experiences like Flipgrid can enable online connections and key learning outcomes. Microsoft designed a three-phase approach for school leaders and IT Admins to help schools shift to this secure and inclusive online environment that protects the data of the entire school community. More information can be found here.
PASCO: to support science teachers PASCO is offering these Home Science Tools free of charge for the rest of this school year:
6 month free access to Capstone and SPARKvue software
Free access to Essential Physics and Essential Chemistry curriculum
Distance Learning Labs and teacher resources in the PASCO Experiment Library
Matific: to support primary education math teachers, Matific now allows teachers from any country to register for a 60-days free period on their website www.matific.com. Matific is translated into all the languages of the EU.
LEGO Education: to help teachers prepare their lessons, LEGO Education has a repository of lessons that are free and can be downloaded. LEGO Education also has a YouTube channel with different suggestions as well as many practical examples.
Makeblock: To help educators to teach coding online, Makeblock is launching an educator development program for distance learning as part of their #steamonboard program, offering free online learning platform #mBlock and teaching materials. The curriculum is designed to complement CSTA and ISTE education standards, with no experience required, involving #Scratch coding, AI/IoT, Python and more. If educators and students own devices like Arduino, Tello or Makeblock, mBlock is a platform where to practice hardware and software programming. Visit makeblock.com for more information.
Texas Instruments Education Technology: To empower teachers and students to succeed in mathematics and science, even at distance, TI Education Technology offers programmes at no cost. The company offers free download of 6-month subscription licenses of software for teachers and students. Texas Instruments temporarily (until end of April) also offers free download made the TI-Nspire™ App for iPad® and TI-Nspire™ CAS App for iPad® from Apple app store. Further information and download: https://education.ti.com/en/resources/online-learning-program. The company also provides free teaching and learning materials on https://education.ti.com/en/activities and https://resources.t3europe.eu. For country specific information e.g. on complimentary webinars select your country here: https://education.ti.com/en/select-country
Google: In response to the outbreak and the need to enable distance learning at speed and scale, Google has created a Teach From Home Hub, a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.This is increasingly available in European languages (more languages are coming in at the 'Language' tab). School administrations could also consider G Suite for Education, which has seen exponential usage in the past few weeks as more and more schools close around the world. G Suite for Education is free for schools to use, and GDPR compliant.
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