How to teach remotely: 10 resources

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 5 January, 2021

With the news that UK schools will be closing once more due to Coronavirus, we thought we'd share and refresh our list of 10 resources from back in March 2020, that provides great tips on how to teach remotely.

We know there’s no quick fix and one size certainly doesn’t fit all, but these tools to teach online could be a great place to start. Keep up to date with all the resources we're sharing over on our Twitter account @IRIS_Connect

Share any resources you’ve found to be useful in the comments section below so that fellow readers can benefit. 

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Tips to help you teach online

1.  Some initial tips to get you started, including using what you already know, from Doug, an online teacher with decades of experience: 

What to do if you suddenly find yourself teaching at a distance by @wonkhe

2.  Alison shares with us a great graphic highlighting the online teaching principles and a clear list of do’s and don’ts:

Online teaching: Do this, not that by @alisonkis

3.  Find yourself teaching more synchronously in 2021? Maximise student engagement with Dr Catlin's 7 tips:

7 strategies designed to increase student engagement in synchronous online discussions by @catlin_tucker

4.   "It is important that all teachers reflect on curriculum delivery in virtual environments, deploying teaching strategies grounded in learning theory that is germane to virtual teaching environments". This resource offers 12 tips and a video explanation:

12 Tips for Teaching in a Virtual Environment by @teachertoolkit

5.  Katherine says “The goal of remote learning is not to isolate, but to connect” which is completely inline with what we believe here at IRIS Connect. Use Katherine’s resources to utilise technology and make connections with and for students in a remote learning environment:

Remote learning by @kat_goyette

6.  Tips from long-time remote trainers who are offering advice on how to share knowledge effectively. Particularly with a group of students “who may want to ask questions or feedback, but are there primarily to gain information from the presenter, rather than interact with each other”.

Tips for running a great webinar by @more_onion

7.  Here are 6 tips for collaborating online from Fred, including a bonus tip - “document everything by screen recording all the sessions. So much useful material will emerge and a subsequent edit of the footage is a great outcome”.

IRIS Connect pro tip - upload your screencasts to your IRIS Connect account and share with peers for feedback and development.

Running a workshop online by @FredDeakin


Our favourite online interactive teaching tools

8.  Keep communication going with your peers throughout school closures. Use Stormboard’s shared workspace to generate more ideas, and then prioritise, organise, and refine those ideas to make your meetings, brainstorms, and projects more productive and effective.

9.  Get pupils collaborating online with Padlet. Keep tabs on what is going on - what is being created, what is being shared. Know what your pupils are up to.


Online teaching with IRIS Connect Rooms

10.  Discover IRIS Connect Rooms: A virtual classroom for your teachers and students.

Schools and universities deserve a video conferencing solution that’s made for education. A solution that provides them with the technical capabilities they need during these challenging times. Not something that’s recycled from the corporate world!

– Andy Newell, Managing Director, IRIS Connect



Topics: CPD, Distance Learning

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