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24 Jun 06:08 AM

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"Lessons I've learned about teaching online so far:
1. Students need to know the dates of everything. That said, using a calendar (or an agenda) works wonders.
2. Students need detailed feedback and it's our duty as teachers to make sure they understand why they've been awarded the grades they have, so that they are aware of how well they're doing in class, and, also, to prevent potential complaints against us. The good news is that most educational platforms allow you to establish the evaluation criteria for each learning objective, so now this is easier to do.
3. Students always have questions at the end of every class; however, we, teachers, can't really afford to allocate much time for questions during class time because teaching online demands more steps, more clicks and if we add that to the fact that sometimes students have connection problems, looking for a way to stay in touch with them becomes a no-brainer.
Having said this, I will list the online resources that have successfully done the trick for me so far:
1. Google Classroom:
Yes, you can use the official platform of the place you work for and that's probably the most advisable thing to do, but in case the platform you have at your disposal is not efficient enough (or if you don't have one to start with), or if you've been using FB or Whatsapp and feel that it's too intrusive, Google classroom is the clear choice. It's private, it makes grading easy, it has a calendar, it has its own Forms tool and it has an app (so you can do many things in the comfort of your cell phone). However, there's a drawback: students will want to message you at all times to ask you for extensions or to apologize for not submitting a task on time. On account of this, it's crucial to set rules from day one; otherwise, things can get out of hand.

2. Padlet:
It's a simple tool, yet it's very useful. It's great to elicit examples, to have your students collaborate, to have team competitions and to explain something using timelines.

3. Vocaroo:
If you teach pronunciation or if you require your students to send you voice notes for evaluation purposes, Vocaroo makes the process easier by allowing you to get an audio file that is compatible with all educational platforms.

What about you, fellow teacher? What tools have worked for you?"

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