Here are a few (exhaustive and exhausting) lists made by educators supporting school closure. It's not recommended that you go wild with this as too many tools will only confuse students and get in the way of effective learning. But based on your subject there may be a tool that fits your learning objectives perfectly.
Screencasts are a great way to share content with students, while incorporating personalised audio instructions.
The tutorial below takes you through how to create a screen recording (with mouse-clicks and audio) to share with your students. Perfect for giving personalised instructions, having students reflect on work created, or showing a procedure on a website.
If you cannot access the video above, please try this one:
One way to keep your students engaged is to video your instructions. I am well aware that many educators shy away from appearing on screen themselves, but research indicates that students prefer when they get to see their teacher onscreen, and in the case of video explanations, retain information more easily.
As mentors, we know the importance of maintaining positive relationships with our students. Why not record a little message for your students from wherever you are in the world over break, to let them know you are thinking of them and will be making sure they're all set for some fabulous online learning after the break?
Responding to a prompt or justifying opinions or statements are some of the ways we can use asynchronous video-based discussions with our students.
Flipgrid is a fantastic tool for a whole host of video-based contexts. Create a grid, add a prompt and invite students to respond to the prompt via video. They can watch each other's responses and comment on those as well.
To get a free account, log in with your Microsoft account. Details in the link above.
Flipgrid is also one of the "add on" options in Teams.
Newsela has a huge range of texts, including - but not limited to - specialised texts for Science and Math, Art & Culture, and Religion and Philosophy.
The Newsela Educator Centre takes you step-by-step through how to set up classes, create text sets, assignments and make the most of the features Newsela has to offer. Here is a link to our quick start guide for WAB teachers.
Your Librarian or Learning Coach would be happy to help you get started :)
Whether you use a Learning Management System (such as Moodle) or other virtual classrooms (such as Microsoft Teams), organising your content and sharing expectations with your students needs to be clear and easy to navigate.
At WAB, Moodle is a student's first port of call when accessing their lesson content. Links can be placed there to guide students to lessons/materials elsewhere.
Microsoft Teams has had a number of updates recently that are making it a tool of choice for many China-based International
Schools. Each Team created comes with a Posts tab (like a discussion forum), a Class Notebook (linked to OneNote), a SharePoint folder, an Assignments tab and a tab for Grades. It also has video conferencing & screencasting capabilities, which allow for some more dynamic content to be shared.
Teams can be accessed via web, phone app or iPad/tablet app. Download from Self Service (WAB teachers/students), or log in with your Microsoft account online to get started.