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Remote Teaching for Success (9 Oct 2016)

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Presentation given during the British Council's Teaching for Success Online conference: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/graham-stanley-remote-teaching-success

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Remote Teaching for Success (9 Oct 2016)

  1. 1. Graham Stanley graham.stanley@britishcouncil.org Remote Teaching for Success
  2. 2. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés • Part 1 – Background to the project • Part 2 – Remote Teaching for Success • Q&A – from the audience
  3. 3. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés PART 1 – BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT • The Plan Ceibal en Inglés project in Uruguay is at the vanguard of a new way of teaching English in the primary classroom. One lesson is taught remotely, with the English teacher beamed into the classroom via video-conferencing and then there are two follow- up practice lessons, facilitated by a classroom teacher (CT) who does not necessarily speak much English. • Among other things, the remote teacher has to:- • - deliver an interactive and lively class although they are physically removed from the learners • - work in a team with another teacher, coordinating in Spanish on a weekly basis • - manage (with the help of the Uruguayan classroom teacher) the learners at a distance • - integrate a range of ICT, including videoconferencing equipment, websites and presentation software
  4. 4. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés BACKGROUND • Started 2007 with distribution of XO-1 laptops (ceibalitas) • By 2009 Uruguay became first country in world to have given one laptop to every primary school student • By 2009, 350,000 children & 16,000 teachers had received ceibalitas • No cost wireless Internet connection in all state schools • Fiber optic connections progressively replacing these • Video conferencing equipment being installed in all schools http://www.ceibal.edu.uy Plan Ceibal
  5. 5. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés • In 2012 the British Council was selected by Plan Ceibal to project manage Ceibal en Inglés (Ceibal English), delivering remote teaching via video conferencing in Uruguayan primary schools. • Goal = provide access to English language learning to primary students (grades 4-6) and their teachers all over Uruguay. • Because of a lack of trained/qualified English teachers, Ceibal English uses remote teachers (RTs) via video conferencing • Additionally, classroom teachers (CTs) are taught English via moderator- supported English course (LearnEnglish Pathways) http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org Ceibal English
  6. 6. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés • Proof of concept pilot phase 2012 - 20 primary schools; 1,000 Year 4 learners (aged 10-11) • March 2013 expansion: 500 classes; 96 schools; Years 4,5 & 6 • July 2013 expansion: 1,000 classes • March 2014 expansion: 2,100 classes • June 2015: Universal access 3,300 classes (c. 85,000+ learners) http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org Ceibal English
  7. 7. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés 3 x 45 minutes per wk. Lesson A – RT via VC Lessons B & C – CT Team Teaching Weekly coordination between RT ^ CT CTs learning English through online self-access course Remote Classes
  8. 8. Use of technology in only one innovation of Ceibal en Inglés The real innovation is in the team teaching between CT & RT Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés
  9. 9. Philippines Uruguay PART 2 REMOTE TEACHING FOR SUCCESS Argentina
  10. 10. https://vimeo.com/126996354
  11. 11. New ways of working / new place to work
  12. 12. Plan of Teaching Points Remote Teaching Centre British Council Montevideo 2015
  13. 13. Remote Teaching Centre British Council Buenos Aires
  14. 14. Challenge of team teaching at a distance
  15. 15. Coordination Weekly meeting between RT and CT in Spanish Both need to agree on what is going to happen in classes A, B and C CT reports on progress Teachers coordinate via:- • VC • Skype • Telephone • Google hangouts • Whatsapp, SMS, Email
  16. 16. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés Detailed lesson plans for classes A, B & C Coordination allows CTs to do the B & C practice lessons even though they do not know much (any) English Materials
  17. 17. The importance of ‘camera presence’ RT Maria Eugenia
  18. 18. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés RT Daisy & CT Omar The importance of teamwork CT Maria Ines Cuadrado CT Andres Amilivia RT Mariela Masuyama
  19. 19. Intercultural communication
  20. 20. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés Supporting teachers
  21. 21. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés Supporting CTs and RTs: face-to-face training
  22. 22. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés Supporting CTs and RTs: online training and observation
  23. 23. “It is not easy, but in some magical way RTs become part of the school staff, they are one more of the special teachers who come every week to do face to face gym or any other activity, students adapt to working with them, and we all reach a pedagogical agreement: RT-students-CT. “ Gricelda Martínez-CT 6th grade- Escuela 71 de Tacuarembó. Remote Teaching for Success Ceibal en Inglés
  24. 24. Remote Teaching for Success Thank you! Graham Stanley graham.Stanley@britishcouncil.org

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