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    Bad Idea is offline Newbie
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    Lightbulb Online teaching - ideas

    Hi,

    Lots of school are currently being closed because of the coronavirus epidemic. As a result many teachers have been forced to start teaching online - myself included. Perhaps it would be a good idea to share information about resources and software which could help us cope with this unusual situation.

    At the same time let me add that
    I know teaching online can be a luxury. In some rural areas in my country people are still unable to access the Internet and some students cannot afford a good Internet connection or a computer/smartphone. I am sorry if this is something you experience.

    All the best to everyone,

    Ania

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    Bad Idea is offline Newbie
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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    OK, maybe I can start.

    Zoom - that's whatI'm using to meet my students now. It's the leading platform for onlinemeetings - perfect for online teaching, it gives you access to a whiteboard andlets you share your screen with your students. You can find a couple oftutorials on Youtube which show how it works. At the moment Zoom is free forteachers.


    I'm alsoplanning to learn how to use Skype's option to share my screen since Googlesays it's possible.

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    Moodle is free and open source.
    https://moodle.org/

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    Liveworksheets.com - free resources, teachers can create their own worksheets easily (for free!) and assign them as homework for their students. Then track their progress, send back annotations. You can use the worksheets during your online lesson too. A great website.

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    My school is using Zoom. Whiteboards is a great tool (playing games on it, letting students draw and write, presenting and illustrating language), sharing screen (your PowerPoint slides, docx or PDF documents, images). I also play Trivia quizzes with my students (check YouTube). You can also send files over chat (e.g. homework).

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    I still prefer to use Skype for online lessons to be honest although I have heard good things about zoom

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Idea View Post
    OK, maybe I can start.

    Zoom - that's
    whatI'm using to meet my students now. It's the leading platform for onlinemeetings - perfect for online teaching, it gives you access to a whiteboard andlets you share your screen with your students. You can find a couple oftutorials on Youtube which show how it works. At the moment Zoom is free forteachers.

    I'm
    alsoplanning to learn how to use Skype's option to share my screen since Googlesays it's possible.
    BadIdea, please note the parts I have marked in red above. It looks as if you pasted the text in from somewhere else. When you do that, spaces can be lost. Just make sure you check your posts before submitting them if you paste text again. Thanks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Lightbulb Re: Online teaching - ideas

    Hi! So, just in case any of you are ESL teachers, teaching kids that speak Spanish, or you have kids that speak Spanish and want them to start learning some English, I have a YouTube Channel where we teach English vocabulary and life values through play and stories. It's mostly targeted to kids from 0 to 6 years old, but pretty much anyone can watch it. Here it is if you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ4...6B7HSdDK2H8DBQ

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    Hi,

    I am new to teaching online and just getting things set up, what I notice is a trend towrads Zoom. Skype although still popular, just doesn't seem to cut it anymore.. Also Wechat is the number 1 app with Chinese students.

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    Re: Online teaching - ideas

    Hello everyone,

    After trying to use Skype and Zoom for teaching I accidentally stumbled upon an educational platform called iDialogue and have been using it for several months. The platform lets you arrange class-to-class calls (it has inbuilt video conferencing tools) in order to foster collaborative learning and it also has tools for monitoring student performance. Moreover, what I like is that every Friday their ESL teachers organize virtual city tours and my students get to communicate with these wonderful experts and see various countries with their own eyes. Everything is free of charge. If you want to join them, find a FB group called iDialogue educators community and join it. I joined it 4 months ago and I do not regret it and always recommend it to my friends.

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