Creating and offering your normal lessons online can be a daunting task. These EdTech tools will simplify the process and offer you an easy way to convert your classroom activities into a virtual classroom.
Watch as Dr. Bethany Simunich, Director of Research and Innovation at QM, explains the features of the QM ERI Checklist
The Quality Matters Emergency Remote Instruction (ERI) Checklist is a tiered list of considerations, tips, and actionable strategies to enact during an institutional move to temporary remote instruction of classroom-based courses. It is presented in three phases, according to prioritized needs.
To Prepare for Teaching Remotely
- Decide on your Learning Management System. Are you going to use Google Classroom or Canvas - both platforms have pros and cons. Check them out here. This may be a school-wide decision, so check with your administration.
- Take advantage of professional development opportunities on using these platforms. You can find helpful resources at
- Share resources and split the work between your grade level team/department
- Create online meetings with your grade level team/department to ensure consistency
- Relax and Remember that there will be bump and mistakes - no one will transitions perfectly. Be kind to yourself.
The issue of daily structure and timetables is a major consideration. Do you stick to your regular school timetable? You could, but many schools that have closed are finding a modified approach is more realistic. Lessons can take longer for students to complete at home for many reasons including:
- Technology difficulties
- No teacher guidance to keep students on track, engaged, and informed
- A busy household (multiple family members and responsibilities)
- Varying degrees of parent/caregiver involvement (there can be barriers like language, competence with technology and the curriculum, parenting younger children, or trying to keep up with work responsibilities)
- Some teachers are finding what they could get done in one period of class requires two periods when it’s online.
Synchronous or Asynchronous
Real-time streaming. Live streams can be recorded for later viewing.
Google Hangout Meets
Recorded video. Can be a simple recording or a screencast.
Video Conference Ideas:
- A 10 minute video conference to begin the day.
- A whole class video conference at regular times during the week (e.g. 30 minutes every Monday and Friday afternoon).
- A video conference to check in with each individual student each week.
- On-demand video conferencing — students can sign up if they want to book a session.
- Small group video conferences for students with similar needs.
- Optional “live recess” to allow students to connect and hang out.
Screencasts or Recorded Video Ideas:
- A video introduction or screencast for key lessons (might not be possible for all lessons).
- A short welcome video each morning and/or reflection video each afternoon.
- A screencast to offer feedback on student work and progress.