Managing a Hybrid Classroom: Technology for Virtual Teaching
Alright, teachers. Let’s be honest, when the 2020 - 2021 school year ended, you were hoping you’d never have to hear the term “hybrid classroom” again.
Go ahead and raise your hand if that’s you …
We see you, Pam Beesly!
We know that returning to school this year is going to be full of emotions for educators and students alike. And let’s face it, there were many things we learned in the last 18 months that were good...and not so good in the world of learning. So with that, let's focus on what we definitely learned - meeting the needs of all students includes creative uses of technology.
Whatever your new normal looks like, let IDEA help you prepare for an ever changing future as we are here to help arm you with some awesome tools and technology for virtual teaching. Let us help make your life a little bit easier.
Let’s start with a few of our favorite tools.
- Get Visual with Google's Jamboard.
How do you demonstrate a math problem or how to properly use an adverb if you don’t have a whiteboard or chalkboard to use with your kids learning from home?
Of course, Google has an awesome solution for you -- Jamboard! This virtual whiteboard is easy to use, and it’s fun! All you need is a Google account to get started.
- Utilize Online Quiz Tools.
Why not make online learning fun? After all, who doesn’t love a game? There are many online tools where you can create fun, interactive quizzes to keep students engaged online. One of our favorites is Kahoot! (We also see nothing wrong with keeping it old school with a good ole Google form!)
If you want more great ideas like this, become an expert virtual educator through our online certification course! The course is centered around tools and strategies for your virtual classroom. The course is $29, and Illinois educators can earn 6 PDHs.
- Get comfortable with screencasting.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “it would be so nice if I could record what I am doing on my screen to show my students.” Well, the great news is that it is actually super easy to do, with tools like Loom!
In fact, we love screencasting so much, we created an online course that allows you to become certified in screencasting! Not only will you walk away a master at screencasting, but you will earn 12 PDHs (if you are an Illinois educator). The course is just $29 and can be done at your own pace. Check it out here.
- Have some fun with creative tools like a green screen!
Green screen teaching may sound difficult and impossible, but it may not be as far out of reach as you think. In fact, you can purchase a green screen on Amazon for just $14.11.
Check out this blog post from Edutopia all about how to incorporate green screens in your classroom.
If you are looking for more great tools to have on hand for your hybrid classroom, check out our Amazon shopping list for virtual learning, curated by our own Lindsay Zilly!
(And don’t forget -- shop with Amazon Smile using this link to support IDEA!)
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Luckily, there are a plethora of awesome tools for virtual teaching. We understand that can mean it is also overwhelming to know where to start.
How do you know what tools are right for you?
To help you navigate the best of the best technology for your virtual classroom, we created a spot on our website for remote learning resources. Take a minute, or maybe 20, and browse through the many resources for your hybrid classroom. Check it out here.
Remember, whatever this school year brings, YOU GOT THIS!
P.S. What other virtual classroom tools do you love? Tell us on Twitter and tag us @ideaillinois.