Hints and Tips - 5 minute read
Matt Dilley, OCR Subject Advisor
This blog was originally published on the 18 May 2020
We understand the challenges of teaching remotely and want to assist you in doing so as effectively as possible. Below are some resources I have previously shared with some further additions and some ideas you may wish to use when teaching remotely.
You will find endorsed text books and resources available from Hodder Education, there is a specific section on home learning within their website.
In addition you can visit our teacher resources and here you’ll find presentations and student activities that you can use. You may also want to set some student, check in tests, or use some of the student activities found in the teaching activities section.
Our sister organisation Cambridge Assessment has also made all their resources free to support teachers during the pandemic. There are some excellent teacher and student focused products that can be found on their website.
Free resources provide topic knowledge and explanation that can be used as stand-alone resources or combined with our assessment materials.
Ofsted have recently published an article on how to do remote learning 'well'. Interestingly the notion that live lessons are a gold standard has been dispelled. Instead a focus on keeping it simple and sticking to the basics are advised in the article which has been written by the head of research – Daniel Muijs.
In addition to this Teacher Toolkit also offers 47 different ideas about teaching online, some are very interesting and will be applicable to your lessons. Picking and choosing the right ideas for your students is vital, this is why having a bank of ideas like this is an excellent resource.
When teaching online you can prerecord yourself or you can live stream to the class. Prerecording may take a little planning, but you can cut any mistakes and ensure you get straight to the point. If you also label and save the lesson clearly you will have a superb resource to use in the future for a “flipped learning” homework or similar.
Working as a team can also support you if you chose to prerecord lessons, you don’t all have to prerecord everything. Support each other by taking key topics and allowing colleagues to use your recording, anything we can do to support each other’s workload in these times is essential.
If you prefer to live stream you can save yourself some time by having some simple technology next to you, using a webcam such as a Zumint bendable webcam or having your phone connected to your PC or laptop should allow you to have a portable visualiser which may save time scanning and preparing documents. Just have them prepared and next to you when you do go live.
We all know that a 2 hour zoom meeting can be draining and hard to focus on, imagine being a student and having entirely remote lessons. You can do many things to engage them in their work.
Remember you aren’t alone in these unprecedented times. We are here to help you every step of the way, if you want some advice or ideas feel free to contact us through any of the channels below.
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Matt Dilley - Subject Advisor
Matt joined OCR in April 2020 as part of the Business and Economics advisory team. He has a degree in Accountancy with a focus on Financial Accounting. His work experience includes commercial banking and 12 years as a teacher of Business Studies and Economics where he was a faculty lead. Outside of work Matt is a keen cyclist and supports the mighty Aston Villa.