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WAB Learns

Online Learning: Teachers

Resource guide for online learning during school closure

A one page guide with links to tools and approaches that we consider useful during online learning.


Alison Yang has created a very handy little mnemonic to guide teachers in setting up online learning. Not all these tools are available in China, so we've come up with some alternatives and links to our guides on using these tools.

Mentoring online

Here are some tips from Ellen Mahoney of SeaChange

Some ideas for Mentor Check-in from Jeri Hurd.

Online Conferencing tips

Naming of meetings

China Proof Tools

Each of the links below go to more detailed pages on the tool with

  • explanations,
  • videos on the the use,
  • tips and tricks
  • FAQs 
  • Screencasts and
  • PD given by our teachers on the use of these tools in our school environment.

Tools for online discussion and connection

Tools for creating and checking for understanding

Enhance information retention via multimedia materials

Streamline and sequence learning

some more apps ...

Online Conferencing and child protection

Here are some guidelines for teachers on video conference calls that are in line with child protection regulation. 

  • only use Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom software for video conference as these platforms both have been 'ratified' by the school and have recording options 
  • hold your meetings using the computer rather than the mobile phone (for both parties) 
  • do not use WeChat, Voice Call or Video Call 
  • sit in a well-lit, common space such as a kitchen or living room 
  • if using Teams, blur your background and ask your students to blur theirs too 
  • if possible, hold the meeting time (for the student) during the day rather than late into the evening 
  • dress appropriately, as you would for any other work day 
  • speak professionally and do not share personal stories that may be interpreted incorrectly 
  • do not hold 1:1 conferences to discuss sensitive topics (some biology topics, PHE/Health topics etc.). Discuss those topics in larger class groups only. 
  • after opening salutations, clearly state that the video is being recorded so that both of you can refer to it at a later date if needed 
  • after opening salutations keep the discussion to the teaching and learning and the educational topic being addressed 
  • at the end of the meeting, sign off by reminding the student that the meeting was recorded in-case either of you need to access it at a later date 
  • Please remember to also record sessions in Zoom breakout rooms.

Do's and Don'ts of Online learning