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Digital lessons in times of school closings - don't lose track!

Create content yourself:

Creating written worksheets is one of the tools of the trade for every teacher. In order to keep the motivation of the students at home high, it might be a good idea to spice up the learning content a bit. Various approaches and tools are available for this.

H5P - The open source platform H5P enables teachers to create interactive teaching and learning content online for all subject areas and learning settings without prior technical knowledge, with which pupils are encouraged to self-directed learning. In this article we introduce the tool. There are also links to teaching ideas and a free online course.

A tried and tested approach is the “flipped classroom”, in which pupils acquire material themselves with the help of learning videos at home or in free lessons, which is then discussed in the class afterwards. The second part can also take place via video conference (see above) instead of in the classroom. For the first part there are tips here. Everything about the flipped classroom can also be found on Sebastian Schmidt's YouTube channel.

The following programs, for example, are suitable for creating learning and explanatory videos:

Apple devices: iMovie

Android devices: Filmora Go

There is the following article on StopMotion films on this website. Suitable tool: Stop Motion Studio

With screen recording programs you can record what you do yourself on the computer and use these recordings in explanatory videos. Screen recording programs include Ice Recording or AZ Screen Recorder.

On the YouTube channel DigiFernunterricht, episode 4 explains how you can use the loom software for explanatory videos to record either your screen, yourself via webcam, or a combination of both. It not only covers how to create instructions, but also how to use the tool to correct students' work and give them feedback.

For audio recordings: Audacity - The audio studio program Audacity enables the recording, playback and processing of a wide variety of audio files for a wide range of uses in school lessons.

LearningApps.org - LearningApps.org is an authoring tool and exchange platform. Teachers as well as schoolchildren can use the web tool to create learning games and exercises (assignment exercises, multiple choice tests, etc.) to support learning and teaching processes with the help of interactive, multimedia modules. In this article we introduce the platform.

Similar: LearningSnacks

Text-based games can be created with Twine. Here are lesson ideas:

And here are examples:

  • More complex game "2038" (created for Webdays 2018)

With Flipgrid, students can submit language contributions and you can give each other voice feedback. The tool is particularly suitable for language lessons and can be integrated into Office 365.

Canva - With the online graphics program Canva, teachers and learners can use professional graphics to summarize, organize and structure information in a browser or as an app, even without design knowledge, in order to create working materials for lessons or presentation aids. In this article we introduce the tool.