Refining distance learning with IRIS Connect

Posted by Rico Patzer on January 11, 2021

A new year, a new lockdown. With the latest government announcement schools have again been largely closed to most learners and are now switching to online learning at least until half term. In contrast to the first wave last year, most schools and teachers are now more experienced with this new approach to teaching and learning and are no longer solely focused on how to deliver online education but instead are considering ways to improve this experience for both their learners and their teachers. 

If your school has been using IRIS Connect to capture and improve classroom practice, take a look below at some ideas of how you could be using our online CPD platform to capture your online teaching, improve your practice and stay connected with colleagues wherever they are.

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Capture and improve your online teaching

While a lot of teachers have been using our Discovery Kit for recording their classroom practice onsite, you can also record teaching that’s being delivered online, whatever LMS/VLE you are using. Our integrated Screen Capture lets you record any teaching directly from your screen and store it automatically in your IRIS Connect Reflections Library. From there you can reflect on your teaching, analyse your practice and – only if you want to – share with colleagues or leaders to encourage dialogue or seek feedback. Just like you would, if you were looking to improve your classroom practice.

Login and follow these simple steps to create a new Reflection with Screen Capture or watch the video below.



Collaborate with colleagues at the click of a button  

IRIS Connect Rooms is not only a great tool to interact with your learners but also a great space to bring together your staff for internal meetings or CPD sessions to discuss recorded lessons with peers over distance. Use IRIS Connect Groups to build a library of best practice, share resources and leverage the collective wisdom of your teachers.


Explore our Distance Learning Toolkit

Faced with the challenge of engaging learners effectively, online? This space pulls together knowledge and experience to support you in adapting and refining your practice. 

We’ve broken it down into 3 stages - align, deploy and refine - so our resources are designed to meet you, no matter where you are in your distance learning journey.

Check out all the different resources available to you.


Host an interactive and collaborative CPD session online

Explore high-impact teaching strategies; see video examples of those strategies in practice and discuss those strategies with your colleagues by hosting your own Film Club session online. Film Club can be a great way of getting teachers talking about teaching and learning and to stay connected with peers even over distance.  

Log into IRIS Connect, go to Groups and choose from different Film Club topics available. We recommend starting with ‘Episode 1: The Empire Talks Back’. Explore dialogic pedagogy and classroom talk that will help you develop self-regulating, independent learners.


If you are an IRIS Connect user and would like to get further support, please contact us and one of our team would be only too happy to help. 

Not a customer? Get in touch to find out how we can support your school to refine teaching and learning, however it’s delivered.

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