With many school closures due to COVID-19, e-learning is on the rise and has affected many students, teachers, and school leaders. For most of us, virtual teaching has not been our full-time occupation which brings the concern of how can we effectively educate our teachers and staff so they can help students achieve success?
Impactful learning can be expanded beyond the walls of your school with the right resources and leadership. 🏆
Let’s talk first about how you can prepare your teachers to be superstars in your online learning management systems.
EXTENDING YOUR REACH
In order to give your teachers opportunities to demonstrate leadership capabilities and provide yourself with bandwidth for support, it’s important to extend your reach when it comes to training your teachers and parents in the various sites for online student learning.
Here is how my school is doing this:
We reached out to teachers who are experienced/skilled in Google Classroom, Promethean Boards, etc., to see if they would be interested in leading online technology courses (they would become a teacher for the teachers).
The experienced/skilled teachers who volunteered created courses for other teachers to complete so they can also become skilled in the e-learning tools! Each course takes about a half-day (or 3 hours) to complete.
I then built a Google Site and stored all the courses in one place to streamline learning and simplify the course sign-up process.
The volunteering teachers will also present during Lunch-and-Learn sessions for parents who are seeking information on how to use the systems. These meetings will take place virtually and will be recorded.
What’s in it for the volunteering teachers?
This is a big ask of your teachers, which is why it’s important to share what are the benefits for them if they choose to volunteer. These can include:
- Establishing themselves as a leader and trustworthy contact for support
- Demonstrating and showcasing their leadership presence
- Building their professional relevance
- Helping the school reach its goals
HELPFUL RESOURCES TO GET STARTED
Here are a few books I highly recommend for learning how to use technology in the classroom.
Everyone loves free downloads and since we are chatting about online learning, I thought I’d share my school’s pathway to remote learning. Click the link below and DOWNLOAD to your computer to edit (no need to request access).