Educational technology for a fully virtual classroom
Sebastian knows the difficulty of keeping virtual students engaged. The technical tools he must have help him monitor student activity and progress, share important resources and give clear instructions to his class.
Dual screen setup: In Sebastian’s virtual class, multitasking is a must. It works on two monitors which he manages by connecting a monitor to his laptop. A big monitor, like the Acer EB321HQ, is an important tool for multitasking. For educators working from home, a mounted monitor can provide the assistance of a second monitor without taking up valuable desk space.
Sebastian zooms in/out a gallery view for his students on one screen and watches the presentation or virtual whiteboard on the other screen. He also monitors chats between all the teachers in the school to coordinate with his co-workers across the country. “Multitasking is essential,” he says. “I would advise anyone who teaches in an online environment to have more than one screen.”
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Student data analytics: In an online environment, where teachers have limited opportunities to pull students aside for check-in, tracking their progress requires data analysis. “I’m looking for before and after data,” Sebastian says. “I compare pre and post assessments as indicators of growth. I don’t compare my sixth graders to sixth graders in the country. This is not necessarily a good growth comparison.”
Sebastian uses Seesaw, a learning management and data analysis system that Alpha Omega Academy has adopted globally for its employees. Seesaw allows him to compare the data and see “how much time students actually spend on the task”. Educators can also use Microsoft or BrightBytes data analytics software to track students’ progress in their classrooms.
Share and create content: To share documents with his students, Sebastian uses a document scanner that allows him to upload worksheets and reference materials needed for lessons. As new students join the academy at different levels, the document scanner allows Sebastian to include materials that can help individual students improve their skills in certain subjects.
Sebastian also uses Loom to record video tutorials and lessons. He says he finds himself “constantly recording tutorials, how-to guides or quick reference, or walking by explaining things.” Teachers can record their screens, or they can include themselves in the presentation.
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