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.
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.
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.
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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Pecha Kucha (Japanese for chit-chat) is a presentation format that is based on using 20 presentation slides but only talking about each of them for 20 seconds. The format, which keeps presentations short and concise (each presentation should […]