• Ways to introduce yourself creatively on the first day
    Teacher Tips

    Ways to Introduce Yourself Creatively on the First Day

    The first day of school sets the mood for the entire academic year… and arguably there has never been a more challenging and uncertain reentry to school life. Whether you’re 100% back to the classroom, continuing with online learning or working with a hybrid of both, this back to school is going to be a whole new experience for everyone. So what steps can you as an educator take to form that all-important first impression whilst making an unusual back to school experience as relaxing and welcoming as possible?    Self-introduction—where does it begin? Your introduction starts even before you have stood in front of the classroom and opened your…

  • Student wellbeing during remote learning and hybrid teaching
    Remote Learning,  Teacher Tips

    Student wellbeing during remote learning and hybrid teaching

    In the modern world, we are just starting to understand the true importance of mental health and wellbeing. Resilience, happiness, and relationships with others are all profoundly affected by it.  So now, in a challenging back to school, where students are faced with a totally new way of being educated, student wellbeing must be one of the educator’s top priorities.  So how can we look after student wellbeing during the turbulent times of remote learning and hybrid teaching? Here are our tips:  Focus on education and enjoyment In a time of high stress, education is a joy and an escape. Ramping up the volume of work may seem like the…

  • Must have edtech apps
    Remote Learning,  Teacher Tips

    The classroom apps that you need now

    Whatever your plans for this back to school period, online learning is likely a crucial part of your strategy. And for a good reason. It’s a great way to maintain your connection and give your students access to their education, whatever is happening in the world.  But with so many great education apps out there, what should you be downloading to help propel students’ learning even more? Here are our top picks for a robust edtech tool kit suitable for remote and blended learning:     Learning Management Systems Your online hub is the center of your remote learning strategy, so it’s one you must select carefully.  Google Classroom: Though…

  • Getting started with online learning
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    Getting started with online learning: how to provide remote learning during coronavirus school shutdowns

    Physical classrooms and face to face teaching time have irreplaceable value. But with strange times come extreme measures. To protect our public health and safety we need to get a bit more creative about education access.  Whether you are in the midst of a school shutdown or preparing for a hybrid environment, online learning can facilitate continued education for everyone. Fortunately in the age of abundant web technology, remote learning is not just possible, it can also provide a creative, thoughtful and fun learning experience for your whole class.  But there remains a lot of organization to ensure that the ensuing online learning system is not just functional, but will…

  • Kami for translation
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    Kami for English as a second language

    In our culturally diverse and global educational communities, there are many languages and communication styles. For lots of students English is not their first language, and resources need to be available in multiple languages to offer fair access.  Kami has been built as a platform for English language-based documents and comprehension. However, using Google Translate’s Document tool alongside Kami there is a way to quickly translate resources, convert them to a PDF, and use them within the Kami app. This method is not perfect and may have improper formatting once converted to a Kami file, but for those struggling to find translated resources, it does a basic job of providing…