Distance learning programs and technologies are being developed to assist children and teachers who are unable to attend school for whatever reason, especially now with COVID-19.
If you’re a teacher that finds yourself in this situation, follow these tips to help you make a smooth transition to this way of teaching.
Make Sure You Have All the Material Ready
For best results, you want to thoroughly prepare your lesson ahead of time to make sure that your students engage in the organized feel of a classroom environment from afar.
If you’re going to do live lessons with a distance learning headset, make sure that all of your material is ready to go and that you’re prepared for any and all questions.
If you need additional tools like a second webcam, a physical learning tool, model or whiteboard, then it should be attached to your students’ feed as a shared input.
Keep your recorded video lessons short and concise, while making sure that coursework, recordings, and files are available for download immediately after the lesson so your students can get on top of the work immediately after class.
Take Advantage of Video Content
Children are notorious for having short attention spans, especially when they’re forced to sit through hours of school lessons.
One way to overcome this is to use video content, which has been shown to retain human attention longer than written content. You can use a remote learning headset or a microphone to establish a visual connection with your students.
It’s a more personal approach that can be leveraged through video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts to interact with others remotely via chat, audio, video, and presentation features.
Use these tools to emulate a classroom environment while making sure that both you and the students don’t have any messaging apps or emails open at the same time. If you do experience an unavoidable interruption during the video lesson, then you should do your best to move on quickly from it.
Try to Encourage Your Students
Make sure that your lessons are easy to understand and follow along with. Share upcoming lessons with students ahead of time along with instructions on how to use the provided tools.
Encourage your students to engage some of the material before the lesson to make sure they’re familiar with it and that everything is working.
Strive to cultivate a conducive learning environment with as few distractions as possible. This means having rules in place like not allowing eating or the use of cellphones during class.
Also make sure that course work and lesson recordings that were administered through the teaching headset are easily available after the class. The good news is that a lot of the video tools that we mentioned have features that enable you to measure various success metrics as well.
With the right use of distance learning teaching headsets, it’s possible to create a similar learning environment to the actual classroom, so that you and your students can get the most out of the experience.