Distance Learning

Ideas for Distance Learning

COVID-19 is currently putting the education system to the test by forcing face-to-face learning environments to quickly move online. As an educator who has implemented online instruction both as an elementary teacher and private tutor, here are a few recommendations in an effort to help make the transition from face-to-face learning to online modalities efficient and effective.

Must-Do/Can-Do Daily Overview

I created a simple Must-Do/Can-Do document a fews years back to support distance learning for both third and fourth graders; however, this document could be modified for all ages. The video linked below will explain how this can be used during home instruction. Video Click Here 


Click here to make a copy for use – Must-Do/Can-Do

Live & Pre-Recorded Lessons

  1. Consider making short recordings instead of typed messages. Seeing your face and hearing your voice can be reassuring in an unsettling time.
  2. Whenever possible, offer live video chats or lessons. I have used both Google Hangouts and Zoom. Zoom has enhanced collaboration features, one-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation, and digital whiteboarding.
  3. If you can’t be live, try providing your students with pre-recorded lessons using Screencastify, Loom, Zoom. A positive aspect of pre-recorded lessons are they allow students to learn at their own pace
  4. Have students make videos using Screencastify, Loom, or Flipgrid to demonstrate their understanding of a topic. They could even make videos to support their classmates who need help.



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