One lesson coming out of 2020 is that education and traditional learning environments can change overnight. We’ve also learned that teachers, students, and parents are adaptable. So, as we start a new school year, it looks as though virtual learning or a hybrid style of in-person mixed with virtual learning is here to stay.
It won’t be uncommon for parents and teachers to feel heightened anxiety as the future of our children’s education changes rapidly. The navigation and learning curve of virtual platforms is enough to make adults and children lose their patience. At Brain Forest Centers, we recognize this stress and anxiety in many of our patients, which has led us to look for additional resources for our educators, parents, and children. So, here are five resources for successful virtual learning.
Keeping students on track or engaged for the school day’s duration while participating in virtual learning can feel tedious. For teachers, parents, and students to be successful with virtual education, new systems will need to be implemented, such as Remind. Remind is a great platform where teachers can schedule text reminders and keep students and their parents up to speed. This platform also keeps students connected to their school and helps families everywhere feel like they can quickly connect with their educators. The best part is, Remind is free and easy to use for all levels of learners, PreK-12.
Video utilization is a significant part of virtual education. Furthermore, digital platforms, computers, and tablets make it hard for many school systems to avoid adopting some form of online platform into their education system. Thanks to COVID-19, forced virtual learning has further impacted this need, hence our introduction of Edpuzzle. Edpuzzle operates as a flipped classroom and student video creation tool that allows its users to crop, customize, and remix online video content. As an interactive tool designed for grades 3-12, Edpuzzle also allows educators to know when individual students have missed a video lesson or how many times students have watched a particular video.
Seesaw: The Learning Journal
Having a streamlined process for interaction, feedback, and communication with parents is essential in today’s education system. That’s why we’ve put Seesaw: The Learning Journal on this list. This robust digital portfolio is a place for teachers to create a meaningful multimedia experience for their students. They can also assign tasks and various forms of work for students to complete, and then provide feedback that can be viewed by both the student and their parents for a more interactive and personable experience. Teachers can also see the entire class submission to get a big picture of comprehension or find students who may need additional resources.
If you’re an educator, lesson planning is an essential part of your profession, and creating new lessons for your virtual classroom can be difficult. That’s why you need to incorporate Planboard into the mix of resources that will make you successful with virtual learning. Used by more than 500,000 teachers worldwide, Planboard is an easy-to-use and interactive lesson planning board that keeps you organized and lets you see what’s coming up. You can easily create lessons around different topics and add photos, videos, and files. Lesson templates will also cut down on your prep time so you can put more energy into your delivery and instruction. Planboard connects to US state education standards, which means you can track your lessons’ progress to ensure you’re meeting curriculum expectations. Check out Planboard online and scan through all of its features to determine why educators love this platform.
Flipgrid is a free and accessible online video discussion tool that allows teachers of every age to interact virtually with their class or parents. Designed for educators from PreK to PhDs, instructors can easily create a topic and engage with their community. Kids love this platform because they can participate in group discussions or interact with their classmates by uploading videos of their responses and watching others. Teachers enjoy being able to pose new questions and receive real-time or recorded reactions from each student. Not only does this encourage teachers and learners to listen and think about multiple perspectives, but it also eliminates the traditional classroom distractions or hesitations that come from speaking in front of a group of peers.
Keep Your Mind Sharp
There’s no doubt that education is the best way to keep the mind sharp. However, stress from daily life, anxiety, depression, and even ADD/ADHD can get in the way of your child’s success with virtual learning. That’s why parents and educators turn to Brain Forest Centers in Fishers, Indiana, to help retrain the brain’s neuropathways. Through neurofeedback therapy, we help every superhero reach peak performance! Give us a call today at (317) 288-9828.