Making the switch from physical classrooms to online teaching has been a challenge for teachers worldwide. But these uncertain times are also full of opportunities for growth – giving teachers more time to focus on professional development and learn how to use technology to their advantage.
To help primary teachers find great e-learning resources, we’ve put together a list of nine articles from our blog that outline different strategies to engage your learners. So, take a look below – and add them to your reading list today!
1. The benefits of digital tools in the primary classroom
Exploring the benefits of digital tools is more timely than ever. When used appropriately, digital tools can promote the personalization of learning, increase digital literacy and save time through automation.
This blog post lists a few examples of how technology platforms can improve the primary learning experience. For example, with the help of technology instructors can set individual learning pathways for students. Learners can connect and collaborate online. And, digital assessment generators can save teachers a whole lot of time.
2. Reading strategies checklist for primary
Reading is a fundamental language skill, and young learners often need guidance to really make the most of a text.
This blog post, complete with a downloadable infographic, gives you a checklist of reading strategies to help guide learners through pre-reading and post-reading activities.
It includes ideas for questions you can ask your students and tasks you can prepare for them so they get the most out of their reading experience. For example, you can have them predict what happens next as they’re reading, or look at pictures and discuss their ideas.
3. Video storytelling: 4 lesson plan ideas
Using video content in the classroom is a great way to engage young learners through storytelling. In this guest blog post, LessonStream founder Jamie Keddie explains how to use a short clip from a weather report to develop a fun lesson plan.
He proposes activities such as predicting what’s going to happen in the video, guessing the video’s topic based on audio only and having an agree-or-disagree discussion after watching a clip.
4. Blended learning for amazing young minds
In this blog post, David Nunan, who has published over 100 scholarly books and articles on teacher education, recounts his experience of traveling to Vietnam and South Korea to study a primary level blended program called the SMARTree Project.
He summarizes the findings of his research into the five-year primary course that integrates the four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – and has both offline and online components.
The program that David analyzes is based on SMART Learning principles. His observations can serve as a great lesson for any primary teacher – including why they should use technology to enhance their teaching capabilities, but avoid relying too much on it.
5. Five webinars to learn about primary success
Webinars are a great way for teachers to learn new tricks and hear the opinions of other teachers, teacher trainers, researchers, materials writers and other experts.
In this blog post, we’ve rounded up five webinars that cover a wide range of important topics. The first one talks about scaffolding in the primary classroom and what this means for the regular teaching practice. The second webinar covers what students need to do to be successful both in education and in life – and how teachers can make a real difference in helping students achieve their goals.
The third recording takes a look at the educational benefits of playing games. The fourth one talks about practical assessment strategies to help primary students become more independent and responsible for their own learning. And lastly, the fifth webinar discusses how to equip students to be better readers with fun and meaningful reading exercises.
6. Blended learning strategy for primary teaching
Blended learning is more than just a combination of print and digital materials – it deeply engages students, promotes flexible teaching and creates spontaneous learning opportunities.
This blog post talks about how to maximize the potential of blended learning. It draws on the notion that technology can be used as a tool to facilitate personalized and autonomous learning, and explains how to capitalize on young learners’ love of technology and provide them with digital activities to do outside the classroom.
7. Five things you can do to improve online safety for your young learners
Ensuring online safety for young learners should be a top priority for every primary teacher.
This blog post gives you pointers on how to keep your students safe from potential risks that they may come across online.
You’ll learn how to develop an internet safety contract, consistently praise good safety practices, find child-safe online resources, introduce an open-door policy to counter cyberbullying and be aware of online trends.
8. How to motivate reluctant learners
Some students just need a little bit more of a push than others, especially when it comes to reading.
This blog post breaks down 4 strategies to engage young learners in your reading lessons.
By bringing outside interests – such as superheroes – into the classroom, gamifying the reading experience, experimenting with high-energy activities and going beyond the text by asking your students to reimagine the story in a different format, you’ll have the interest of even the most reluctant learner.
9. Four ways to keep young learners engaged in your online classes
In the past couple of weeks, many teachers have found themselves having to quickly adapt their classes to work online.
This blog post gives you ideas on how to prepare digital content for online classes and how to keep your young learners engaged.
From flashcard games to storytelling activities, there’s a lot you can do to make sure that your classes are just as effective online as they are offline.
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