In the face of school closures and the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems we all had to become remote teaching experts overnight. And, even though it is obviously NOT POSSIBLE, and even though some of us will feel helpless or overwhelmed, we need to take a baby-steps approach and start learning how to teach remotely and how to organise our online classes.
Think in "chunks"
Look at the material and decide which parts can be taught online, which can be flipped and which can be done independently by students as homework.
Decide which resources you would like to share with your class and keep them separately. Choose a cloud and share it with your students but don’t store any sensitive documents there. Google Drive is a very generous option – 15GB. If you didn’t have time to set up a cloud, organise your resources on platform like padlet.
Choose the tools
To record the screen
My number 1 is Loom. The founders of the program decided to go the extra mile to make the product accessible to as many people as possible, and, from now on, Loom Pro is free for teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities, or educational institutions.
To run an online class live
My number 1 is Zoom. In a free version you can host a 40-minute meeting with 1 or up to 100 students. Apart from a standard option of screen sharing, you can record your class in mp4 and/or send files via chat.