Basic Lesson Plan For Optimising Your Online Lesson on ClassDo
This is the suggested sample lesson plan for getting the best out of our virtual rooms, not specific to any subject, level or teaching style. You can adapt and customise this plan to the individual needs of your classes.
In this article:
Before the Lesson
Deliver the best lesson you can with these suggested pre-lesson preparations - and since the virtual rooms are online, you can involve your students too!
Upload Pre-lesson Materials for Students
You can scan hardcopies of notes and readings (or skip the printing process altogether) and upload them under the Content tab. Students can enter the room under Work on my own mode before the lesson to do pre-lesson reading, or even annotate and write down their thoughts/ questions about it!
It is also convenient as you do not need to send them materials individually or give them the hardcopy in person. If possible. save Word files and Powerpoint slides as PDF files before uploading.
Prepare the Whiteboard / Typepad
You might be planning to use the virtual whiteboard in teaching, and perhaps get students to answer questions on the board. Create a sketchpad in advance, insert / copy and paste questions and images into it beforehand, and always remember to name it.
You can do the same with a typepad if you plan on typing instead of drawing or writing.
Prepare Multiple Copies
Upload a YouTube Video
Found an interesting video on YouTube that is sure to capture your students' attention and educate them in a fun way? Copy and save YouTube URLs under the Content tab so you can watch them together in the virtual room.
Prepare a Pop Quiz or Survey
Polls can be used in a wide variety of ways, and here are only a few of them:
- Ask about how confident your students are about the next lesson's content
- Find our what areas in particular they want to focus on for the next lesson
- Collect questions from students after lessons, or even while they are doing homework - they can enter the room to add responses to your poll anytime
- Pop quizzes to check how much they remember from a previous lesson, or what they already know for the next one
- Quizzes to test their understanding at the end of your lesson.
Mark Submitted Homework
You can get your students to upload homework directly into the room or even do it inside the room with a typepad or sketchpad, and mark it in the room as well. It is then much faster and more convenient to go through their work and corrections when starting the lesson.
Prepare Websites or Applications for Screen Sharing
Open the websites or applications that you wish to screen share during your lesson just before the lesson starts.
During the Lesson
This suggested lesson flow utilises the features of the virtual room to maximise teaching and learning.
a) Welcome Your Students
While waiting for all students to enter the room, you can first switch on Presentation mode and remain in the Videochat tab to let your students talk with you and each other.
b) Check If You Want to Record
You may want to check if a recording of the lesson is needed and tell your students that the session is being recorded. It is recommended to turn on recording about 5 minutes before the lesson starts as the function requires some time to switch on.
c) Monitor What Your Students are Viewing on Their Screens during Online Lesson
You can monitor what your students are doing on their devices by getting them to screen share their entire screen. However, note that this is can only be done under Collaboration modes, so you will not be able to switch to Presentation mode during the lesson if you wish to monitor your students' screens at the same time.
You can also keep an eye on a particular student's appearance/ behaviour (e.g. if they seem to be losing interest or confused) by maximising their videochat screen, or opening the student's videochat screen in an always visible window. Your students will not see these actions reflected in their own screens, nor will it be recorded (if recording is on).
d) Lesson Recap Pop Quiz
Launch the poll you have prepared to check their understanding of the topic. This helps you get a better idea of their current proficiency in it and what areas you may need to focus on.
e) Mini Lecture
Remain in Presentation mode for some uninterrupted time during your lesson to give a small lecture or instructions. Only you will be able to control what is being seen and able to annotate/ draw/ write on documents and sketchpads.
You can also mute students at this time to maintain silence in the room, although students can unmute themselves if they want to ask a question.
f) Watch a YouTube Video
Click on the thumbnail of the previously saved YouTube video to play it and watch it together in the room.
g) Share a Website/ Application
Turn on screen share to read or teach from another webpage, or a Word/ Excel/ Powerpoint/ PDF file on your computer. What you do on your screen can be seen on theirs.
h) Give a Student Demonstration
Switch to Collaboration Sync mode to allow student(s) to answer a question on-screen, and present their working to the class.
i) Let Students Work Individually in the Room
Switch to Collaboration Unsync mode to allow students to do individual work, such as a set of practice questions, on different documents/ sketchpads/ typepads at the same time without disturbing each other.
j) Let Students Work Individually Offscreen
If you wish to let students do their work on hardcopy (e.g. if the student's touchscreen is inadequate/ you wish to let students practice writing down the workings), have them turn on the visualiser so that you can see what they are doing on paper.
k) Checkpoint Pop Quiz
Check the effectiveness of the lesson by launching a checkpoint quiz. If you notice a certain area is difficult for your students during the lesson itself, you can also make a quick poll in a few minutes to check their understanding of it at the end of the lesson.
l) Assign Homework
Remind your students to enter the room under Work on my own mode to do homework, or revise the materials in the room. For hardcopy homework, they can log in under the same mode with their mobile device to upload photos of their homework and name the image files appropriately.
After the Lesson
Continue to engage and interact with your students after the lesson to consolidate their learning and prepare for the next session.
Launch a poll to collect feedback and questions that your students have after the lesson.
Outside of lesson time, you can make separate arrangements with students who may need more help/ clarification to meet up again in the virtual room for consultations.
You can also hold optional Q&A sessions by staying in the virtual room at fixed timings, allowing any students to enter the room during this period of time and ask questions.