Support Your School During COVID-19 with AtlasNext

In the beginning of 2020, the world hit pause and fast forward all at once. During this time, Faria Education Group has worked to guide schools as they turned their brick and mortar schools into virtual classrooms.

As we continue to work with schools to plan for the future, we reflect on our learnings so far and bring together a range of support resources and provocations about education during and beyond the pandemic.

Key Learnings and Takeaways for Schools During COVID-19

Our learning community has never been stronger: students see teachers as learners and parents are empowered to support student learning.
  • UNICEF has released this guide for coping with parenting challenges and supporting learning at home during COVID-19.

  • This online course for parents from the IRIS Center offers strategies for supporting learning during school closures.

  • This blog by the World Bank offers three key principles for supporting teachers during the pandemic.

  • As part of an 8-part series sharing his school’s learnings from the early coronavirus shutdown in Hong Kong, Mark Steed, Principal and CEO at Kellett School, discusses strategies for effective communication during the pandemic.

  • Although this TedX Talk pre-dates coronavirus, Kayla Delzer’s reimagination of the classroom resonates with our current times where teachers are learners of technology and students can be empowered to lead.

Our learning environment can be re-imagined: No longer restricted to a brick and mortar school, your curriculum and schedule can be expanded through online learning opportunities.
  • Pamoja supports schools to personalise learning for their students by expanding their curriculum, offering a wider range of subject choices for students in the Cambridge IGCSE and International A Level, and IB Diploma programmes.

  • Blip or flip? In this blog, Damian Bacchoo & Jon Halligan ask whether your school is embracing the opportunity to set in motion a paradigm shift in education

  • The World Economic Forum identifies 4 ways COVID-19 could change how we educate future generations.

  • In this blog, Patrick Cook-Deegan of Project Wayfinder asks if the lockdown will push schools in a positive direction?

  • In this AtlasNext blog post, we consider the terminology around remote learning and how the language of education is shifting in response to the pandemic.

Having a clearly articulated curriculum helps teachers, students and parents collaborate productively when learning moves between the classroom and homes.
Teachers are inspired and required to engage with technology like never before, use tech innovation to transform student learning.
Social emotional learning has taken on a new importance in the post-COVID world as students and teachers navigate this challenging learning experience and seek new ways of connecting and belonging.
We have developed more creative and flexible ways to interact and communicate.
Students can be more independent than ever before: students are self-managing their learning, developing organizational skills and resilience.
  • In this PDF guide, UNESCO and the Smart Learning Institute, Beijing uses learning stories from around the world to promote active learning at home during school closures.

  • In this blog, IB graduate Safa Shahkhalili discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity for young people to learn beyond the school curriculum.

  • This post by the Global Online Academy provides tips for students on successful online learning.

“In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves beautifully equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

Eric Hoffer – Reflections on the Human Condition

Get your Curriculum ready for remote learning!

1. Capture the Changes

Teachers should spend time reviewing what was covered during remote instruction and clearly document the changes that occured.

2. Identify the Gaps

Once teachers have clearly documented the changes that occured, the next step is to begin the process of identifying the gaps in student learning across each grade level.

3. Prioritize What's Essential

Out of the learning targets that were skipped or not adequately addressed during remote learning, teachers should determine the non-negotiable essential targets, and then prioritize grade level standards.

4. Think Vertically

Once grade level teams have determined essential targets and standards that were missed, teams must come together for a vertical review and discussion.

5. Edit and Revise

As learning goals are adjusted and refined, teachers will need to create or adjust assessments and learning activities to ensure alignment and coverage. If teachers don’t have unit plans, this is the perfect opportunity to develop units to guide instruction for remote or in-person instruction.

Using AtlasNext to Support Remote Learning

The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused school closures around the world. We have added a new Online Lessons & Presentation mode to AtlasNext to support schools with the shift to remote learning.

The new Online Lessons feature allows teachers and students to switch between different learning modes seamlessly, where we aim to provide teachers, students and parents with a centralized calendar where assignments, tasks and online lesson locations for all classes can be accessed. Teachers are free to choose whatever platform they are most comfortable with to conduct the online lesson. They simply copy and paste the URL of the Online Lesson meeting location. If Zoom is used, the URL will be automatically generated. Keep the evidence of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one place, associated with the written curriculum of the unit to provide educators an opportunity to reflect and adjust strategies as needed.

Our built-in presentation mode allows teachers to present and screen share learning materials during online lessons, directly from the class stream. KeyChat also allows for real-time discussions between teachers and students while using Presentation Mode, allowing for easy communication online.

Introducing Presentation Mode & KeyChat

Check out our blog post for more information!

ISC Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Education Technology in International Schools

Faria Education Group has sponsored the ISC Report: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Technology in International Schools. This report was developed through a survey of international schools that investigated learning platform access and effectiveness, as well as the most significant challenges, solutions and support that teachers experienced during distance learning. The report also covers challenges with communicating with parents and assessing student progress during distance learning, and the impact of this on future plans for schools. This report was sponsored by Faria Education Group.

Building Global Collaboration Through Cohorts

Learning from one another is key to growth. Join us for our different series of learning cohorts where we will meet every week or every other week for a few hours to dive deep into focused topics. Build up your network and get feedback from others.

School-Based Virtual Professional Development

Our team can support your work virtually with remote professional development in a synchronous or asynchronous format. We will work with you to create a plan consisting of single or multiple online sessions with targeted learning goals.

Coaching Hours

Our team of facilitators is here to support your curriculum work and provide the extra momentum you need to keep moving forward. We can brainstorm ideas, discuss next steps or provide feedback on work in progress. You can choose how to use coaching hours throughout the year; mix and match session topics to make the most of the time available.

Become Part of the Conversation with Webinars

As we enter a new period of learning, our hope is to bring together educators and leaders from across regions, to discuss what is working, what has been learned so far and plans for moving forward.

Read Our Blogs on Remote Learning

Our team has written a variety of blogs aimed at helping your school transition to remote learning, with advice for teachers, leadership and beyond. 

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