Delivery of learning
If possible, try not to disrupt the learning sequence and continue to use any existing classroom content including, textbooks, digital content, workbooks, quizzes, scanned or printed worksheets.
Strategies to consider for remote learning
Keep the student connected
Teachers should communicate with students regularly using the method best suited to the school and students circumstances. Possible methods include:
- department email
- web conferencing such as Adobe Connect
- online platforms such as G Suite for education or Microsoft Office 365 applications
- Other third-party applications.
Structure the day
Encourage the students to be motivated to learn and communicate with you and each other, and try not to let any student go unnoticed. Have a planned schedule that all students and parents know about with clear expectations.
If possible, you should have daily check-ins with your students, who should have a daily to-do list to work from. Regularly scheduled live lessons can be delivered using Microsoft Teams or Adobe Connect, and you can also schedule collaborative activities.
Students should be submitting work regularly using a consistent method of delivery. This work does not always have to be marked, but you should acknowledge it and give your students feedback in a timely fashion.
It is strongly advised that schools do not purchase any new software from third party providers unless implementation planning has been thoroughly considered. Use the tools that the school and the department already have available.
Department tools available
- Department email. Remind students of their password or know how to reset their passwords if necessary
- Online platforms such as G Suite for education or Microsoft Office 365 applications
- Web conferencing using Adobe Connect
- Teachers can reset student passwords using the Educational Management Utility EMU.
Professional learning in the use of technology
The department is offering free professional learning in the use of technology and is working with other companies to support teachers and schools in their use of digital technology.
Planning learning content
Provide printed and digital material via post
Textbooks, photocopies of reference materials, curriculum, and assignments can be prepared in advance for distribution to affected students. Teachers can prepare hard copy or digital files and kits that students may use at home to continue their learning. This may include:
- calendars or schedules of work to be completed
- directions for homework, projects, or written assignments
- excerpts from textbooks or other reading materials
- sample assessments.
Digital material can be sent to students on a USB drive. You may need to provide extra equipment such as pencils, paper, learning kits or workbooks.
Create digital learning activities
These activities can be delivered to students using email, USB drives or online platforms.
- Create stimulus and interactive material (documents, slide decks, quizzes, videos, images, audio)
- Record lessons similar to Wootube
- Create screen captures using tools such as Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter
- Add quizzes to videos using MS Stream
Many face-to-face activities can be replaced by simple online activities. Refer to the Digital learning Selector for suggested activities, templates and instructions.
Finding online materials
There are a wide range of online resources available for teachers to use on Teaching and learning resources.
Teachers are also encouraged to use the department's Internet filtering-web filter (access via staff portal) to determine the appropriateness of digital resources provided to students.