Online classrooms have grown in popularity over the past decade, and with the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of virtual classrooms has skyrocketed this year. For some, it’s even a necessity. While the current Insights resources weren’t initially designed for online teaching, we want to accommodate your needs. Keep reading for 3 ways you can use Insights in your virtual classroom.
Slideshows are the best tools we currently have available for online teaching. Whether you’ve got one on your browser or downloaded to your desktop, you can screen-share to display it to your virtual class. Each slideshow contains the same visuals as our videos, but the audio and pacing have been removed. This allows you to progress through the lesson using our methods, but with a few advantages:
Insiders enjoy access to all of our slideshows, and we’ll be releasing new versions with better interactivity on Google Slides in the winter of ’20/’21. We’ll also have instructions/tips on how to prepare, and how to present.
Insights to English is currently working on a new series of mini-courses that teachers and students can use together online. Each will contain six to twelve lessons, will focus on a particular set of related grammar topics (instead of covering a wider scope), will be based around stories, and have many other features we’re not ready to share with the public quite yet. We’ll also make sure it has multiple ways for students to engage with the material on their computers and mobile devices.
We’ve only just begun developing these courses and have a long way to go, but rest assured that this is high on our priority list. It may take a year or two before the first course comes out, so we’re going to ask for your assistance now. We could use your support to get the resources we need to continue then finish development. Become an Insider or purchase a Grammar Guidebook. And tell your fellow educators about Insights to English. The more Insights grows financially, the sooner we can release these courses!
The easiest Insights resources to access are our videos. Most of them are How-to-Teach Grammar, meaning they are designed for teachers, not for students. You can read more about why we don’t recommend showing the videos directly to students on our How It Works page. However, we understand that for various reasons, many teachers choose to show our videos to their students. If you plan on doing this, we recommend the following:
Also, we have a new set of videos titled “10 Things to Know”. Unlike the How-to-Teach set, 10TK is for students and teachers alike. Watch these with your students, and as you do so, (especially because those videos move pretty fast,) pause after each number to cover that point more in depth or explore more examples.