Teaching remotely …

By Alex More

I have received a few requests this week to post a blog about platforms teachers can use to educate remotely. Rather than scaremongering in light of the Corona Virus, I see this as an opportunity to share some great Ed-Tech platforms teachers can use for free to upload content, reach an audience and keep the conversation about the learning. So, here are two platforms I use on a regular basis:

1. TED-ED

This is a free educational platform provided by the people responsible for TED Talks. You can source existing videos via the DISCOVER tab and set a video with a set of questions for students to work through.

Pros of TED-ED

  • Easy to use/navigate webpage
  • You can access existing videos on YouTube, no need to make your own
  • It’s FREE
  • There’s lots of choice
  • You can customise tasks, create your own questions to support the videos
  • You can share your TED-EDs via a URL – simple! Students don’t need their own accounts
  • You can create your own account/log in.

Cons of TED-ED

  • Not all the videos provided are the greatest quality
  • Depending on your server speed it can take time to upload your TED-EDS

If you are interested in learning more, check out the blog post I did on TED-ED’s a while back https://educationalhipsters.com/2018/02/04/ted-ed-could-be-the-perfect-platform-to-bridge-the-digital-divide/

TED ED website: https://ed.ted.com/

2. PechaKucha

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. PechaKucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming.

20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That’s it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections. PechaKucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge.

Global innovators use the PechaKucha platform to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes.

Here is one that I created about our future classroom project: https://www.pechakucha.com/presentations/future-classroom-project-2020

Pros of PechaKucha

  • Easy to use
  • FREE account – log ins and shared content via URLs
  • Concise presentation with 20 images and 20 seconds per image
  • Shareable on the worldwide platform
  • Shareable via social media
  • You can pause the live recording to gather notes and ensure accuracy. This takes pressure off live recording/podcast setting

Cons of PechaKucha

  • You have to record your voice. Some educators don’t like this fact!
  • It can take time to upload the slide deck once done. Depending on server speed, the time is approximately the same time it takes to upload a Youtube video
  • Your slide deck goes live on the PechaKucha platform so can be viewed by anyone

Hopefully, that’s helpful.

Alex

educationalhipsters@gmail.com

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