DS4OERS (PAC) Recommended teaching strategies and activities

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Join the conversation sharing ideas and advice on effective teaching strategies and activities in your subject by answering one or more of the following questions:

  • What teaching strategy did you choose for your lesson plan, and why will this be effective in your context?
  • What activities have you found most effective for teaching the topic of your lesson?
  • What types of activities work best for this topic in your context?
  • Are there any teaching strategies you find useful that are not included in the list above?
  • What advice or tips do you have for fellow teachers when selecting teaching strategies?

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Hello Sir, I have used digital teaching as I have observed children learn faster with audio visuals a well as hands on learning. so my lesson plan contains some video clips, songs and stories which have CC logo.

Hi @sharon80

Thanks for sharing. Good to see the variety of CC licensed materials you have incorporated into your lesson plan.

What kinds of activities have you found useful in your context to promote hands on learning?

In teaching accounting or economics at year 12 and 13 level, I have been using and will use digital teaching in my lesson plan where teaching will take place via Google Meet and my lesson will be in PowerPoint presentation where notes will be shown and discussed and activity illustration done. During the session, I will have calculations which will be done by students when I display questions on PowerPoint and students will be selected to answer questions via chat or verbally. I will give an evaluation on Google Form or Kahoot at the end of my lesson since it is free and evaluation response is immediate. I will be interested in learning any other teaching strategy that can make my lesson interesting keeping in mind data cost to students and teachers and platforms that should be free and readily available.

I use PPT voice over recording which students can access on the School Google drive on FB. I find this as an effective strategy to use to reach out to the students in this pandemic because anyone who has missed out on Zoom Classes can always refer to the PPT voice over recording.

Bula Sir.

Apart from PPTs Voice Over Recording, Zoom classes are conducted where teachers can share screen and use a pointer to locate specific areas on the map or when labelling diagrams.

With the recent launching of our School Moodle, I am still trying familiarise myself with the Apps available on Moodle.

Moodle is an outstanding open source tool. Of interest, curious to know if teachers have been experimenting with H5P interactive content? There is a Moodle plugin for H5P and applying open licenses would be a good way for teachers to share useful content elements.

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Speaking personally, I’m not a big fan of “so-called” “free” technologies. Ultimately users are paying with their data for these tools.

There must be better ways for Pacific countries to collaborate on the hosting of Free and Open Source, cloud-based solutions so that we protect the data of our children but at the same time implement more sustainable technically solutions for the future. I’d be interested to here what teachers think.

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We had no choice but to reach out to our students during the lockdown. The school provided the Moodle platform that was protecting the children’s data. Then the Administration had a discussion and we started with Google Meet and the other platforms to reach out to our students.

Yes most times the teachers taking online classes are paying for their data and using own gadgets here in Fiji and students who don’t have data and gadgets and those in remote areas are not able to attend the online classes.

I totally agree that there should be a Free and Open Source for the Pacific countries which should be sustainable and regular professional developments to be carried out. Also more awareness must be created so more people come and contribute in such forums.

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Geeta - totally agree and understood. Continuity of education during lockdown took precedence and we must do the best we can with what we have to serve our children.

Just thinking out loud - I think that Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have a unique strategic advantage to play a global leadership role in hosting shared Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) infrastructure in the cloud in a post-COVID world. Think of a cooperative model where technical staff from Pacific SIDS work together in hosting the technologies we need to support our learners.

The region has a spirit of meaningful collaboration, and taking “small” populations of each state into account, the returns on shared infrastructure would be huge.

Working together we can make a difference and show the rest of the world how to do it :innocent:

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Yes Sir. My charges are the 5 year olds so my lessons contain a lot of speech to engage children in language development as well as the other fundamental areas of development. So to speak, for example, to teach number sense or ordering, a video song is put in the lesson plan where children are required to watch, sing and dance along. Likewise ,same is done for creative arts.
The plan should be designed in order to attract and engage child attention.

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I totally agree - selecting appropriate resources and media aligned to achieve the lesson outcomes is a fine art required of professional teachers.

In an OER world, teachers who can find or create resources to replace proprietary or closed materials (sometimes used in breach of copyright) are contributing to a better world - because these OER lesson plans can be shared for the benefit of others.