Over the past year, both teachers and students have been thrust into online learning. There have been countless challenges, including access to technology, adequate training, and the need to tailor presentation strategies, learning materials, and assessments. Much of this has resulted in technology stress for both teachers and students. At the same time, there have been many aspects of online learning that teachers and students have grown to enjoy: recordings of lectures can be replayed again and again at convenient times, travel time to class have been reduced to zero, teachers and students may feel more accessible online and, in the face of plagiarism and cheating concerns, assessment has become more creative and personalized. These and other issues help to point the directions teachers are likely to follow in the coming years, including blended learning and hybrid learning.
In this session, we will have a look at how teachers and students worldwide are coping with extended hybrid learning and what we can do to make it easier and more effective. We will be discussing topics such as engagement and motivation, as well as how to adapt methodology and processes. This session is for any Primary teacher who has struggled with the new ways of teaching as a result of the pandemic.
Formative assessment is vital to learners’ success, but lack of day-to-day contact makes effective progress monitoring a challenge. This session will explore the secrets to successful remote testing for young learners, and how a straightforward and genuinely engaging test can not only facilitate a stress-free experience for young learners, their parents and their teachers – but also deliver the most valuable insights. Now accessible on tablet or computer, we will use the fun, game-like (and deceptively powerful) English Benchmark Young Learners as our example.