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empathy
In this article I would like to share a few simple activities that we can use with visual narrative to encourage students to put themselves into the lives, minds and feelings of others and to see beyond the surface appearance. I believe that visual narrative and particularly videos without spoken dialogue as an excellent medium for the development of empathy. Narrative is designed to touch our emotions and help us identify with characters that may be very different from ourselves.
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Managing, organising and reorganising your students can be challenging in any classroom, especially if you have large classes. This can be made even more difficult in the remote classroom where your view of the order of students on your screen can be different from the order your students are seeing.
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One useful tool that can help remote students track and evaluate their own progress is a kanban board. Kanban boards are visual tools that are commonly used by product development teams to track the progress of work.
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One of the most frequent questions that comes up regarding students working within remote and virtual classrooms is that of assessment. The reality is that most forms of computer-based learning are actually easier to track and evaluate than […]
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As schools have shifted from face-to-face classes to online and remote delivery of learning, a range of new behavioural problems and classroom management challenges have emerged for many teachers. These problems may vary depending on the type of platform you are using to deliver your lessons, but some problems are common to all platforms.
Dictation tape
I discovered a whole range of new activities that were enjoyable for students and really beneficial to the development of their speaking and listening skills. Yes, I did say speaking. The spoken element of the dictation doesn’t have to be done by the teacher, we can get the students to dictate the texts to each other. This simple change opens up a much wider range of possibilities.
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Socialisation is an important part of any learning experience. Many students enjoy coming to class to meet and make friends and find out about and share experiences with each other. This aspect of socialisation is often neglected in the remote classroom where students aren't having the kinds of shared physical experiences they have when they come to a school.

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Learning any language can be a challenge and we have to accept that making progress takes time and effort. To be a really successful language learner though you need to make the new language part of your life and part of what you do each day.
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Many materials writers and instructional designers like to emphasise the importance of engaging content and rightly so too, but what exactly is it that creates engagement with content?
QR code on phone
QR codes can have a transformative effect, not only within the classroom but also within a school. They have multiple uses which we will go on to look at, but among the greatest strengths they have is that they are platform agnostic, so they can be used on any mobile device with a camera regardless of OS as long as it has a QR code scanning app available for it, so they can form a fundamental tool to enabling an effective BYOD program in any school.
Clouds
Just like the old version of Wordle, it creates wonderfully colourful word clouds based around any text or group of words that you give it. The size of the words is then determined by the number of time each word appears in the text.
Many live online lessons fail, not because the teacher was unprepared or because the technology was inadequate, but they fail because the students were unprepared for the experience of studying in a live online classroom.
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Delivering an online presentation can be a very different skill from presenting at a conference with a physical audience present. Here are a few tips and suggestions that I’ve gathered over the last 10+ years of delivering online training.
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This is a simple but powerful technique we can use to encourage students to see things in their 'mind’s eye’. This involves persuading students to close their eyes, concentrate and visualize.

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