Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have had to adjust on the fly to accommodate a teach-from-home setup, an arrangement that some districts could extend to the fall semester and beyond.
“So many teachers are coming from the brick-and-mortar classroom. It seems foreign to them to have to reach kids through the computer and not meet with them every day,” says Katie Poindexter, middle school principal at Virginia Virtual Academy.
But with a well-planned remote setup, teachers can thrive in this environment, Poindexter says. In this infographic, we present an effective home teaching station incorporating tools that are particularly useful when instructing remotely, such as document cameras and manipulatives, which help students visualize abstract concepts.
Once your station is set up, take a look at teaching software that can help you work with students digitally. Poindexter suggests these platforms, which are available at different price points:
- Platforms such as PlayPosit, which you can use to create video lessons with interactive elements such as multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.
- Curation tools that hold important resources in one place, such as Symbaloo. This cloud-based application allows users to organize web links on one page so students and parents don’t need to dig to find resources.
Virtual classroom solutions such as Blackboard Collaborate, which let students connect through video chat, answer live polls, use instant messaging and present files or documents to the rest of the class.