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Refining distance learning with IRIS Connect (2021)

Posted by Rico Patzer on 11 January, 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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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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Is your school ready for the next generation of teacher PD?

Posted by Graham Newell on 24 September, 2020

 

Summary of the EEF report on Remote PD

“School professionals can gain knowledge and skills from remote PD, ultimately leading to gains in pupil outcomes” (EEF, August, 2020)

Professional Development has been an unfortunate casualty of the current crisis with the Education Endowment Foundation acknowledging that the Covid-19 pandemic has made traditional PD exceptionally difficult to deliver. Alongside Durham University, the EEF undertook a rapid evidence assessment aimed at summarising the efficacy of remote professional development and reviewed evidence into fully remote and blended approaches to PD. 

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Live video conferencing built specifically for teachers

Posted by Andy Newell on 18 September, 2020

Video conferencing is exciting technology that is significantly helping to address the challenges of social isolation and reduced collaboration faced by teachers and students.

Sadly, the conferencing tools being offered by the big multinationals have been borrowed from the corporate sector meaning that  uptake across the education sector has been stressful and patchy. You’ve probably found they either lack education specific tools or have question marks over their security and compliance in an education context. You are not alone.

With a decade of experience in working with schools on video collaboration, and a track record of securely managing over 200,000 hours of classroom footage, we knew we had a role to play in delivering what schools needed.  We believe schools deserve live video tools built specifically for learning.

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School return: How do we talk about bereavement?

Posted by Graham Newell on 6 May, 2020

An interesting debate has started: return to school with a strong emphasis on ‘catching up’, or a return that has a greater focus on emotional readjustment?

Whatever the outcome of this debate, when pupils return to school they will be changed.

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5 tips to protect your wellbeing whilst remote teaching

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 17 April, 2020

As teachers, protecting your wellbeing at the best of times can be hard. It’s especially important that during this challenging time, our mental and physical health stays in the forefront of our minds.

However you are teaching right now, whether that’s still face-to-face, delivering some classes online, or sharing resources with your students remotely, here are 5 tips to protect your wellbeing whilst remote teaching.

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