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Special Areas* My classroom*
A way for smaller high schools to offer a full
complement of secondary courses that are dynamic teacher-led and interactive, rather than resorting to static distance learning or correspondence type
The advantages of this modality include:
Being able to tailor course material and delivery to the students’ needs,
Exposing students to real-life scenarios of working with off-site colleagues,
Ensuring the viability of high school programming, Keeping students in their home communities rather
than them seeking out educational alternatives away from home.
It’s Too Hard!
I feel like I have inadequate support, time or buy-in
I can’t learn without a teacher standing next to me in
Easy strategies to combat this preconception
Teachers: content and delivery,
Students: how to use the software and hardware. Result: Increased confidence!
Share the positives
Nothing breeds success like success! Parent immersion
‘Taste of VC’ to experience learning in the way their
children are or will be
Rationale: if parents are able to walk away from it with a
good experience, they are more likely to be supportive of it with their children.
Question: What item(s), strategy(ies), software or hardware did you find most beneficial in delivering this
telepresence(video conference) course? Why?
I think the setup on Moodle was very good to use as well as
the presentations and activities on the Smartboard. I think it was very easy to navigate on Moodle, and find what to do and where to hand your assignments is in one place.
I think that without Moodle this course would be
impossible because it is so helpful to let us know when the due dates are, and where we can find our assignments.
There was nothing that I felt was a hindrance to this class.
The ability to have the laptops to make it (the course)
It’s too Time-Consuming!
I spend all my time planning and digitizing
material. It’s even worse if I forget something
and have to quickly recreate it for the off-site
students. Are we really getting value for our
Planning IS time-consuming, but key.
Understanding administrators are necessary
Once it’s done, the content can easily be reused or
It’s a second-rate education!
Availability and immediacy of access to teachers
Can’t easily get questions answered or extra help
Via email or phone
Online chat sessions for studying or extra help Varying questioning styles
VOIP phones in classrooms
Lunch time and after school study sessions
Awareness to engage remote students in discussion and questioning
Teacher being aware of self in relation to visibility and volume
Don’t differentiate between on and offsite students Site visits
Annual junior high ABY Campus field trip Common days
Question: What were the best strategies that your teacher employed to make the course and/or the
delivery most successful for you? E.g. choice of style of project presentation (PPT, text, poster), use of
digital media, cloze notes exercises
I think singling us out and asking us questions
was one of the best ways to learn things, even if
we get it wrong.
Effectively Engaging students
Be a human presence in the classroom
Basic Ways to Connect
Acknowledge students at all sites
Set up questioning practices at beginning of course Acknowledge questions
Better Ways to Connect
David Ausubel’s Thought Organizers
E.g. Dropbox, Glogster, Google suite Share and create content
Find their own solutions
Gain the skills and capabilities to find the answers
Exposure to many pieces of productive and
Digitize course materials Organize them on Moodle
Become more digitally competent
Content will be there ready for the next time I teach
Stays the same and works
Clear rules and expectations Popcorn reading & questioning Parental contact
A letter home at beginning of course to outline
content, delivery and introduce teacher
Changes but works
Extra content in Moodle
Switch attention to offsite and ‘ignore’ the onsite Change up activities regularly
Use graphical learning objects or musical clips
Have phone numbers to offsite schools, principals and classrooms, AND be willing to use them
Contact offsite principals for both the positive and the challenges that arise in your classroom
Regular supervisory visits by offsite principal or designate Site visits
Scanner/printer/email combo machine available in the room
Experience more independence in learning
Experience different teachers and teaching styles Flexibility with curricular options
Question: What was your most positive experience in this term’s class? Why?
I think meeting new people, because making friends is
good and I talk to them a lot.
The most positive experience would be the different
forms of technology that we used.
My most positive experience in this term's class was
being able to have a class bigger than five. It allows for more opinions/ ideas.
Getting to work with teachers and peers from other
schools and getting to hear different opinions on subjects.
Whenever I got 80 or over because that is a mark I aim
for or whenever I handed in an essay. Those are difficult to write, and when you feel you've written one well it’s a positive feeling.
Learning about Canada’s past so we don’t repeat their
’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF
Pay attention like you would if a teacher was
actually in the room -Become familiar with new technologies -Try and become comfortable with having a class and teacher through the screen
Pay attention in class...it comes back to haunt you on
tests. -Do your assignments to the best of your ability, and don't be afraid to go the extra mile. It helps a lot. -Get involved in class discussions. You get to hear
different opinions and views on different matters, and it can be really interesting and beneficial.
Stop making excuses and get your assignments in. No
boss in the real world will hire you for being lazy. -Things are harder to learn when you don't enjoy them, so just be positive about the situation and try your best. That's what counts.
Upgrade knowledge, skills and attributes related to
content, delivery and technology
Satisfaction in assisting students Career stagnation relieved
A return to making connections with youth, and
sharing my love of my subject matter
A return to a rural setting with viable opportunity to
Giving back to my community Confidence boost
Faculty Guide for Telepresence Teaching, 2012
Contact info for Jennifer McCormick