Links for 2020

Links that could be of value in the changes caused by the Covid19 pandemic

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1. Reflections on the changeover

Sandy Millin on reflections from the first week https://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/moving-a-school-online-reflections-from-week-one-of-using-zoom/

Silvia Rovegno’s blog post on the first week of going online https://silviarovegno.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/managing-covid-lockdown-from-face-to-face-to-remote-in-one-week/

Corazon Recto – lessons after 9 weeks online in China https://www.facebook.com/notes/corazon-recto/reflection-language-school-management-during-covid-19/3847598808591475/

Forum put on by StudyCat in China – 5 ELT professionals in China reflect on the things that they have done to this point – successes, failures, lessons, advice. https://studycat.com/webinar/studycat-forum-1-lessons-from-school-closures/

A great set of reflections and advice for teachers and managers after a week of working remotely by Michelle Ocriciano https://www.facebook.com/groups/schoolmanagementcovid/permalink/607707633291613/

Follow up blog to the online panel discussion on Sustainable online teaching and learning (see link for details) https://lamsig.iatefl.org/blog/covid-19/sustainable-online-teaching-and-learning

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 2. Online teaching/learning

https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2020/3/19/digest-142

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/innovations-education-remote-teaching  (Free e-book published by the British Council on remote teaching)

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/sites/teacheng/files/C607%20Information%20and%20Communication_WEB%20ONLY_FINAL.pdf  (Free e-book also from the British Council on innovations in learning technology)

Sandy Millin’s blog on ideas for adapting lessons to Zoom https://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/ideas-for-adapting-group-lessons-to-working-on-zoom/

Chronicle of Higher Education – “Going online in a hurry” https://www.chronicle.com/article/Going-Online-in-a-Hurry-What/248207?cid=rclink

Checking students’ work online https://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2020/03/17/checking-your-students-learning/

Glenn Standish’s video on teaching through Zoom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot7lMCUJ1ek&feature=youtu.be

Set of documents and useful info about using Zoom https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oaVx1MdZF8Lxl4fJEbojzCAPjI1q5_Y7

A general guide from English Australia on going online (covers a lot very concisely) https://www.englishaustralia.com.au/documents/item/854

Tech against Coronavirus:  an incredible list of apps and tools that could be useful https://techagainstcoronavirus.com/

Matt Lunt’s document on teaching using Zoom

Catlin Tucker’s tips for teaching through video conferencing https://catlintucker.com/2020/03/3-ways-to-use-video-conferencing/ and on icebreakers as a way to combat social isolation https://catlintucker.com/2020/03/combating-social-isolation-when-learning-remotely/

Bonnie James’s tips for online teaching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02gnFGFbtKY

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3. Assessment

Exam.net https://exam.net/

Blog post from CUP on assessment https://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2020/03/17/checking-your-students-learning/

4. Managing a remote workforce

https://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2020/03/supervisors-what-not-to-do-to-teachers.html

Dave Cleary’s tips for Managing Remotely in ELT

Dave Cleary again with identifying pressure points https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/managing-remotely-identify-pressure-points-dave-cleary/

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5. Leadership

https://padletuq.padlet.org/m_ocriciano2/1541x4qwk7os – Collection of links and tips put together by Michelle Ocriciano

Andy Hockley’s blog on change and crisis https://adhockley.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/crisis-and-change-1/

Good enough is a cause for celebration (Dave Cleary) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-forget-good-enough-dave-cleary/

Recording of Chris Farrell’s webinar for EAQUALS on assisting with the management of online learning https://www.eaquals.org/eaquals-events/event/chris-farrell-assisting-with-the-management-of-online-learning/resources/

Liam Brown’s webinar (for EAQUALS) on managing in a world of online teaching https://www.eaquals.org/eaquals-events/event/liam-brown-managing-in-a-world-of-online-teaching-its-still-about-people-price-product-promotion-place/resources/

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6. Time Management and good digital working

Google Keep https://keep.google.com/

Personal Kanban https://www.personalkanban.com/

Trello https://trello.com/

Stop feeling guilty about your to-do lists (article from HBR) https://hbr.org/2020/03/stop-feeling-guilty-about-your-to-do-list

Inbox zero https://blog.hubspot.com/service/inbox-zero

Time log software https://toggl.com/ https://clockify.me/

Freedom https://freedom.to/

Pomodoro technique https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

HBR article on avoiding digital miscommunication https://hbr.org/2020/03/10-digital-miscommunications-and-how-to-avoid-them

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7. Wellbeing

Our Q&A session with Sarah Mercer on teacher and manager wellbeing https://youtu.be/EtpYU3M_kNU

Great post by Silvia Rovegno on teacher wellbeing https://silviarovegno.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/managing-covid19-lockdown-teacher-well-being/

Michelle Ocriciano’s blog for ETP Magazine on “How to tackle anxiety in tough times” https://www.etprofessional.com/how-to-tackle-anxiety-in-tough-times

Good article on SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) [Focused on teachers in US schools but of value and interest to all] https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-04-07-teachers-are-anxious-and-overwhelmed-they-need-sel-now-more-than-ever