Basic Lesson Plan For Optimising Your Online Lesson on ClassDo
This is a suggested sample lesson plan for educators who are new to live online teaching. It is generic, and not specific to any subject, level or teaching style. You can adapt and customise this plan to the individual needs of your classes. This plan is meant to guide you to getting the best out of our virtual rooms, which are designed specifically to optimise your online teaching experience.
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!
Set Room Sync as Presentation Mode
Before you begin, enter the room under Work with Others and set the sync mode to Presentation Mode if you to prevent your students from editing on shared files in the Room Library. You can then exit the room after changing the sync mode.
Enter the Room in Work on my Own Mode
Entering the room under Work on my Own mode (without video chat) is completely free!
Upload Lesson Materials in Advance
You can scan hardcopies of notes and readings (or skip the printing process altogether) and upload them into the Room Library. Currently, only PDFs and image files (.pdf, .png, .jpg, .jpeg) are supported. Remember to save Word/Excel/Powerpoint files as PDFs before uploading.
Prepare the Whiteboard / Typepad in the Room
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. Make sure to create it in the room so that everyone can see it.
As your students may be using a smaller screen device, we recommend keeping to one question per sketchpad, and having more space for showing working and solutions on worksheets.
You can do the same with a typepad if you plan on typing instead of drawing or writing.
Create Handouts for Individual Work
You may want your students to work individually on a worksheet or exercise. Upload a PDF, image or Sketchpad into the Room Library, and activate the Hand out feature to automatically distribute a personal copy to each student’s desk. Each student's name will be auto-added to their own personal copy. Currently, Typepads cannot be handed out.
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 in the Room Library so you can watch them together in the virtual room. Public, private and unlisted URLs are all supported and the URL will not be displayed in the 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.
It is best to prepare them beforehand for a smoother lesson. After creating it, close the tab to return it to the Room Library so that your students will not see it, and make sure to only call it out and launch it when you need it during the lesson.
Arrange the Tabs in the Room
To display your opened content tabs in the order you want for your live lesson, open them in the Room view in the desired sequence. Drag-and-rearrange content tabs is currently not supported.
Mark Submitted Homework
You can get your students to submit homework directly into their desks 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. By default, the room will be in the Room Content view; you can switch it to Videochat view to see the members of the room more clearly.
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. The recording captures the lesson from your students' point of view and will not record your screen.
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. Make sure to approve your students' screensharing when the request pops up.
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. If needed, you can lock a student's mic or video so that they remain muted or their video stays on.
f) Watch a YouTube Video
Click on the tab with the 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. For your privacy, you can share only the relevant browser tab/application Window, not your whole screen.
If you are sharing a non-YouTube video and you need your students to hear the video, remember to switch on audio sharing as well. Slide the “Also share screen audio” button to the right, and also check the small “Share audio” box on BOTH pop-up boxes.
h) Give a Student Demonstration
Stay in Presentation mode, click on View Members, select the relevant student(s), click on Manage User (…) and “Allow edit under Presentation mode”. This allows only the selected student to edit content while all other students cannot. When the student is done, toggle the settings back to disallow temporary editing.
i) Let Students Work Individually Online
Switch to Desk view during Presentation mode. All students will automatically be sent to their own desks. Change to Disabled Sync mode so they can write on their own handout on their own desk privately, and switch between the room and their desk for reference if needed.
Only you can go from desk to desk to view their ongoing work in real time. Students cannot go to other students’ desk. After students are done, you can switch back to Presentation mode and switch back to Room view.
j) Let Students Work Individually Offline
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), switch to Collaboration Sync mode and have them turn on the visualiser with their mobile phones by scanning the QR code so that you can see what they are doing on paper. Make sure to you approve your students’ visualiser when the requests boxes pop up. Note that visualiser cannot work if the student’s video is off.
k) Checkpoint Pop Quiz
Check the effectiveness of the lesson by calling out and launching the quiz that you had previously prepared. 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 and switch to Desk view to view and do their online homework, or revise the materials that are opened in tabs in Room view. Note that if the room is left in Presentation Mode, you will need to open the necessary tabs beforehand as your students cannot open files from the Room Library directly.
For hardcopy homework, they can enter room under Work on My Own mode, click Submit Work and scan the QR code to take photos of their homework with their mobile phone. Their homework will be uploaded to their Desks directly.
m) Stop Recording
At the end of the lesson, you can stop recording. The recorded video file will be automatically uploaded inside the Room Library almost instantly. You can call it out on a new tab to name the file, and leave the tab open for your students to revisit the lesson if needed.
Maintain the room setting in Presentation mode. Leave all the files from the lesson just ended opened on tabs so that your students can view them for their own revision or homework completion when they enter under Work on My Own mode. It is recommended for you to wait for all students to exit the room before you exit.
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.