NGPF Podcast: Zach Blattner on Best Practices for Teaching Remotely (Speaker Series)
Zach Blattner of Relay Graduate School of Education is back again (earlier podcast here is among most popular NGPF podcasts) with tips and techniques on the craft of teaching remotely. From building relationships to structuring breakout rooms to figuring out the right pacing, Zach's insights will give you the confidence to tackle the challenges of this school year. Enjoy!
- 0:00~1:20 Introduction
- 1:20~6:21 Zach’s background and expertise teaching online
- 6:21~8:44 Building relationships online with students
- 8:44~10:42 Camera on or camera off?
- 10:42~14:27 Important design principles when teaching online
- 14:27~16:12 How online can even be better than in-person
- 16:12~18:53 Structuring effective break out rooms
- 18:53~20:18 Unique benefits to teaching online
- 20:18~23:39 Challenges to teaching online
- 23:39~25:13 What percentage of normal content can be taught online?
- 25:13~26:34 Is there a perfect mix of interaction and presentation?
- 26:34~29:15 Favorite Nearpod interactives
- 29:15~31:34 Tips to teach synchronously when you have bigger classes
- 31:34~32:49 Teaching both online and in-person at the same time
- 32:49~34:31 Stress reduction tips
- 34:31~37:25 How to give feedback to students
- 37:25~39:17 Amount of work to give students to do asynchronously
- 39:17~40:29 Zach's tech set-up
- 40:29~42:14 Maximum hours of online teaching before burning out
- 42:14~44:00 Conclusion
“If you’re just going to be talking for long periods of time, there’s no point for it to be synchronous. Then you might as well film yourself talking and have them watch it on their own. Making that synchronous time about application, practice, synthesis, and group work, that’s where that time will feel valuable and kids will get more out of it.”