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#remotelearning – Ready or not?

Cross posted from the Langwitches Blog by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

So, it’s happening!

After years of other priorities, cautious baby steps, technophobia or technology integration as substitution of the way we have traditionally taught and learned… IT’S HAPPENING.

Many schools are being forced to close due to the spread of the Corona Virus, often with little or no preparation time. Administrators and teachers are working frantically to set up platforms and procedures to continue learning remotely.

I am focusing on two lenses through which to look at learning remotely. [Of course they is so much more to consider for schools, administrators, teachers, parents and students…]

  1. Educators knowing how to teach remotely

  2. Students knowing how to learn remotely

Of course, we can simply assume and aim for our teaching and learning to stay the same as it would in our traditional face to face classrooms, but we would completely ignore the potential remote learning has to amplify learning.

We have an incredible opportunity (among the many tragedies for some and many inconveniences for others due to the virus) to dive into remote learning and jump light years ahead by conducting action research and gaining hands on experiences. Learning how to learn how to get fit for new forms of teaching and learning. It is an incredible opportunity to document these new forms of learning and collaboratively and “crowdsourcedly” (is that a new word?) redefine teaching and learning for the future.

Please don’t be satisfied to only replicate, substitute or downgrade face to face teaching and learning (lectures, worksheets, Ping Pong/Q & A Conversations, etc.) as you are exploring new horizons in remote learning.

This is the perfect time to allow yourself and your students to develop skills, literacies and fluency in amplified learning. By amplified learning I mean

  1. extending classroom possibilities beyond the traditional face to face contact time and limitations.

  2. usage of technologies that allow us to redefine the learning task (not just replicate what could be done without technology)

  3. boost the potential of different media to communicate our ideas, thoughts and messages.

  4. amplifying the pool of people we learn from. … Traditionally our students have not had a long “reach” beyond the scope of our families, teachers and classmates.

  5. strengthen our ability to collaborate, connect and communicate with others (whether they are our classmates, teachers, people we know or strangers)

  6. synchronous and asynchronous (and a combination of both of these) remote learning.

  7. magnify basic literacy of reading and writing beyond text on an analog platform to communicate our thoughts and ideas effectively by demonstrating global literacy, network literacy, information literacy, media literacy and by observing digital citizenship.

  8. develop and strengthen our mindset around self-directed and self-motivated learning (heutagogy)

  9. sharing our work authentically with a global audience.

  10. deepen learning trough reflective and metacognitive practices

This is the perfect time to look at teaching and learning through the lenses of:

  1. Documenting learning

  2. Global Literacy and Documenting Learning

  3. Information Literacy and Document Learning

  4. Network Literacy and Documenting Learning

  5. Digital Citizenship and Documenting Learning

  6. Documenting Learning and Media & Visual Literacy

  7. Blogging

  8. Reading Blog

  9. Writing Blogs

  10. Commenting on Blogs

  11. Connecting Blogs

  12. The Reciprocation Factor

  13. The Consistency Factor

  14. The Quality Factor

  15. Digital Portfolios

  16. Digital Portfolios and Content Creation

  17. Digital Storytelling

  18. Amplified Forms of Digital Storytelling

  19. Engaging in a Global Conversation

  20. Curation

  21. Curation as an Educational Challenge

  22. Twitter as a Curation Tool

  23. New Forms of Reading and Writing

  24. Experimenting with Social Reading

  25. New Forms of Reading and Writing

  26. Collaboration and Innovation

  27. Visible Thinking and Learning

  28. Make thinking and learning visible and shareable

  29. Visible Thinking Routines to Modern Learning Routines

  30. Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

  31. Visible Thinking in Math- Part 2

  32. Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century

  33. The Now Literacies

  34. Information Literacy

  35. Media Literacy

  36. News Literacy

  37. Professional Trolls and Subliminal Information

  38. Information, News & Media Literacy Resources

  39. Informationflow & News Literacy Routine

  40. Tactics Used to Generate Disinformation

  41. Global Literacy

  42. Network Literacy

  43. Digital Citizenship

Platforms and Tools

Although remote learning is NOT about technology tools, we need them in order to communicate, collaborate, connect and share with each other. It is good, as a teacher and as a learner, to have several tools and platforms in your toolbox to use, to create and to amplify learning. Check out the following tools and platforms that allow you and your students to make their thinking and learning visible and shareable.

  1. Blogs: Blogger, WordPress, Edublogs

  2. Google Suite

  3. Podcasts

  4. 1st Graders Create Their Own Read-Along Audiobook

  5. Podcasting with First Grade

  6. Long Distance Storytelling

  7. Listening-Comprehension-Podcasting

  8. FlipGrid

  9. FlipGrid: A Platform to Crowdsource Reflection, Metacognition and Perspective

  10. SeeSaw

  11. Book Creator

  12. Creating a Classroom eBook with BookCreator

  13. Upgrading Traditional Reports to eBooks

  14. Amplification of a Transportation Unit & a Survey

  15. The Making of a Story in Kindergarten and Amplification Thoughts

  16. PicCollage

  17. Twitter

  18. Make Something Invisible Visible

  19. Student Voices: Using Social Media to Share Your Passion and Affect Change in the World

  20. Twitter as a Curation Tool

  21. Twitter HOTS & Establishing a Twitter Routine in the Classroom

  22. Instagram

  23. EdPuzzle

  24. Flipped Writing Videos- Production Techniques

  25. Sketchnoting:

  26. 10 Tips to get started with Sketchnoting

  27. Sketchnoting For Reflection

  28. Evolution of Note Taking: New Forms

  29. Sketchnoting FOR Learning

  30. iMovie

  31. Apple Clips

  32. Screerncasting: Screencastify, Explain Everything

  33. Video Conferencing: Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting

  34. BackChanneling: YoTeach

  35. Backchanneling with Elementary School Students

  36. Backchanneling-Movie Watching-Note Taking- Information Scribes

  37. Socratic Seminar and The Backchannel

  38. Stepping Up the Backchannel In the Classroom

Remote Learning Activities or Projects to Join, Adapt or Create Your Own

Further resources on the Langwitches Blog to check out regarding amplification of learning

More resources to check out:

I will continue to update the above lists with ideas, activities, projects, tools and platforms as more teachers and learners are sharing their #remotelearning experience. Please use the #remotelearning hashtag on your social media posts, so we can crowdsource and pool our resources.


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