Most elementary and secondary institutions around the world are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. Hopefully, between now and the fall, things will hopefully get back to “normal” in terms of everyday activities like eating out, shopping and educating young people. However, it is a little too soon to tell what will happen over the next few months.
If you are completing your requirements for a teaching degree, it pays to be prepared for any eventuality for your first teaching job in the 2020-2021 school year. This includes being familiar with remote learning platforms in case they are needed just a little longer than previously anticipated.
Researching, studying and practicing with a few different remote learning resources, particularly those currently being used in the district you want to work in, look great as an addition to your resume and can give you an edge over candidates unfamiliar with them. Developing a remote learning lesson plan to add to your portfolio can also be quite beneficial.
School districts and private institutions are using a variety of online learning models. Select a few of the most popular programs in your area and dig in. Here are some of the dozens of models from which you can choose:
- Zoom – Virtually meet with others through audio, video, or audio-video platforms
- Google Classroom – Integrates G Suite services with G Suite for Education
- Kahoot! – Game-based learning tool
- Buncee – Share multimedia presentations
- 3P Learning – Promotes reading, literacy and mathematics skills online
- Microsoft Teams – Collaborative chat tool for a group
- Skype in the Classroom – Communication tool for individuals or groups
- PlusPortal – Class pages, share data, engage with students and parents
There is no telling what next year will look like for educators or students. Without question, current teachers would have been grateful for a little prep time prior to being “thrown” into the remote learning scenario. Completing a little bit of extra preparation now can only help you and your future pupils.