Saturday, 20 March 2021 by Karen Torres
It was one year ago this month that COVID-19 overwhelmed us and changed our classrooms. Overnight, we educators had to learn, on our own, how to shift our lessons to Zoom, how to assess students virtually and how to use attractive presentations or games to keep our students engaged.
Many of us had to teach all day and then do research and prepare all evening for our lesson the next day. We were stretched and stressed as this massive change hit us like a Tsunami. To make matters more complicated, most of us had never taught virtually before. Digital tools we had to implement were completely new to most of us.
A critical need emerged in the community of educators and CanopyLAB responded. We invented TeacherLAB as a platform where a global network of teachers can learn new skills, collaborate with one another, and share successful practices. We now offer more than 40 cutting-edge courses designed to empower teachers to master new digital tools, online pedagogy techniques, and strengthen relationships with students and parents. In this article, we invite you to be part of this community and take 7 free courses that will help you in different aspects of distance learning: digital skills, pedagogical methodologies and emotional health.
To improve your skills in digital and remote teaching
How to create engaging presentations
Let’s be honest! Remote teaching involves a LOT of presentations. How can we make them effective and engaging? Our beginner’s level course will guide you through how to make attractive presentations to keep your students engaged and learning.
Teachers spend most of their time assessing student performance. This course will show you how to take advantage of the latest digital tools to assess your students’ work in remote environments.
Ensuring that all students are engaged, motivated and active can be a challenge even in the physical classroom. In remote teaching, the challenge is even greater. Students are more likely to lose motivation and concentration when isolated from the classroom learning environment. This course explores different ways to keep students engaged during online teaching.
Here are some of our interesting courses on general pedagogy
Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a wonderful tool that allows teachers to increase student engagement, practice collaborative learning, and develop research skills based on their interests. In this course, we introduce you to the main characteristics of the PBL approach so you can implement it in your classroom.
Blended Learning is the combination of face to face and online teaching. This model is becoming very relevant now that some schools are going back to the classroom only a few days a week. This course will lead you through the basics of blended learning and provide you with a few tips to make your lessons more effective.
Resilience is key when going through frustrating periods. When we cultivate it in our class we are not only having an impact on learning, but in our student’s lives. This course will show you how to include activities and ideas in order to cultivate an attitude of resilience in your students.
If you want to take some time for yourself
We won’t sugar coat anything- the pandemic is scary and overwhelming. Teachers have been dealing with an immense level of stress and this course is designed to help you through these times. In this mini-course, you learn tips on how to take care of your mental wellbeing during the time of COVID-19. You will learn about resources to spark interest in starting your own self-care journey.
As you can tell, we offer courses on a wide range of topics, from pedagogy to your well being as an individual. And these are just 7 out of 40+ that we currently offer on TeacherLAB. And we add new ones every month! Sign up here to join a community of teachers where you can learn, collaborate, and meet other educators around the world.