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Featured Course – Teaching Online
Featured Resources - Tips to Make Video Conferencing Easier
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Our Students Say:
"The advice I received and the skills I learned while completing the E-Learning and Online Teaching courses have been invaluable. With the pandemic changes, I find myself applying what I have learned almost daily. Thank you, UW-Stout!"
~Judith R Corcoran, RN, MSN, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing Moraine Valley Community College.
Less than half a year after supplementing his education with a certificate, Michael Wildman sees big dividends.
In May, he finished work on the instructional design certificate,
which consists of four classes. Not long after that, he was promoted to program designer at Olive Tree Arts Network, where he has worked since 2018.
Are You Using These Video Conferencing Tips?
Questions About Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences? We've Got Answers
Sometimes it takes a teacher to help a teacher. Jill Staake provides field-tested advice from teachers who know how to structure a virtual parent conference.
You'll find great ideas on scheduling, orienting parents to the online setting, how to share student work, and how to manage the actual conference. Want more? For a grab-bag of templates and checklists, try Virtual-Parent Teacher Conferences on Pinterest.
Strategies to Encourage Students to Turn Their Cameras On
Are some of your students camera shy? When it comes to Cameras On, do you have a community or compliance approach? Liz Byron Loya's article unpacks the social and emotional benefits of how you go about camera use in your online classroom.
To build a safe learning environment, consider surveying students about their concerns, use visual voting, try a video meet and greet in the waiting room 5 minutes before class, play Zoom games, encouraging students to create their videos. The suggestions will help shy or reluctant learners to find their comfort zone.
Podcast: How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance
In this 12 minute podcast, Vicki Davis interviews Aaron Johnson, author of Online Teaching with Zoom.
Johnson shares research verified tips to engage your students. He suggests using 1-minute active learning tasks like polls as a quick way to chunk instruction and keep students focused. Vicki provides value-added tips and resources throughout the interview. This podcast is packed with good ideas, don't miss it.
Edutopia: Why Teaching Kindergarten Online Is So Very, Very Hard
It's a tough road for kindergarteners and their teachers, but great efforts are being made. Marva Hinton shares advice from great teachers, including keeping it simple and consistent, listening to parents' concerns, and checking in with daily emails to help parents be ready for the next day.
Here you'll also find suggestions for teaching the all-important social and emotional skills that make kindergarten so important. For some little kid fun, try 10 Zoom Meeting Activities for Distance Learning.
Zoom for Education: Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
Even if you think you know it all (or are sure you don't), read this. You'll find something that sticks. Here you'll find answers to questions about best practices, security, taking attendance, breakout rooms, screen sharing, annotations, and mobile.
It starts with this question: Should I use Zoom Meetings or Zoom Video Webinars to host a class? Which fits you?
Dates to Remember
Spring Tuition Due Date
March 3, 2021 - 100% Tuition Due
Civic Online Reasoning
Thanks to Karla Legget for sharing this resource.
"Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world."