Using Online Conferencing Tools
As schools and districts work to provide eLearning opportunities for students, teachers have an opportunity to leverage conferencing tools to enhance the learning environment. Depending on whether your district uses Google Meet, Zoom, or a combination of the two, it is important to know how to use the tools and understand the context and purpose they have for learning. On these pages, teachers will find everything they need for successful conferencing seasons. They range from Teaching Strategies to Features and Functions as well as Tips for Success. For assistance with any of these tools please contact any member of the Model Schools team.
Prepare the Learning Environment
- Meeting pre-requisites
- Setting up meetings
- Inviting students
- Begin and end meetings
Ensuring a safer and as secure as possible learning environment is important in your physical classrooms as well as in your online virtual meetings and class get togethers. It is critical that educators take time to review and become familiar with the options, controls, and tools available in whatever web/online conference platform you use.
Engaging Students in an Online Class
- Managing class participation
- Managing participants/members of a class
- Effective Use of audio & visuals
Using the audio, video and chat features will help students and teachers become familiar with one another and help build unity among the class. Teachers can manage the participants in the room and turn student’s audio and video tools on when necessary. Utilizing the chat feature will allow every student’s voice to be heard in your class.
Screenshare Your Content
- Preparing your desktop to share content
- Using the whiteboard
- Annotating content
Learning how to share content with students will be important in this learning environment. Orchestrating the various tools will require some practice. Learning the importance of screensharing programs and its features will assist in mastering your objectives.
Opportunities for Small Group Work
- Managing breakout rooms
- Scheduling participant breakout rooms
Continue the Learning When You Are Not There
- Record your session
- Retrieving your session
Many times students may want to “replay” a section of your class because they are still confused about the assignment or the content delivered. Other times students may have to miss class due to illness or personal issues. No matter what the reason, teachers have the option to record their lessons for future playback if they choose.