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Make it sticky. Using evidence-informed teaching techniques as part of online learning with the HOW2 webapp

How do you integrate evidence-informed teaching techniques into online learning, in a way that makes learning, engaging and fun? And so it sticks? Here’s how the HOW2 app can help you. Along with three no brainers to get you going.


Every Individual HOW2 has a HOW IT HELPS tab. Within the tab, we have highlighted ways that EdTech and online learning can be used when using the technique.

The HOW IT HELPs tab is designed to get you thinking "what if..."

The EdTech HOW IT HELPS tab is, in part, there to help you think about how you might use the HOW2 techniques as part of online learning. 

There are a lot of ways you can use the HOW2 app and its features to support your student’s learning and your peers in further developing what we might call your online teaching expertise’. Let me show you what I mean…

Scan the techniques, dip into the HOW IT HELPS tabs for ideas. As and when you come across a technique that you think worth considering, set the considering it’ tab for each technique. Why? First, so you can more easily come back to them — all the techniques you are considering will be hoovered up and available to you in the Skills Exchange. Second, so that you and your colleagues can see who is considering what and can contact each other to collaborate and share.

The skills exchange was created to support the sharing of professional learning
The Skills Exchange makes it easy for you to find "your" techniques

Once you have found a technique that you think would add value to your students online learning experience tell your colleagues so that they can support you and, if they do the same you can support them too. It takes less than half a second to select the working on it’ tab 

It takes less than half a second to share your learning
The numbers in the boxes represent your peers. You can contact them instantly.

Use the notes feature to capture your ideas and reflections on how you plan to use and are adapting the technique to use online. Remember you can select colleagues to have a chat’ with online (notes are pushed and can be replied to by email).

Once you have embedded the technique into your (online) practice change the status to embedded’ so that your colleagues know who to send a note to ask for support. You can also publish the note so colleagues can learn and benefit from it in the future.

Tell your colleagues you've embedded it. So they know who to ask for support.
The 'publish' option makes it easy for peers to benefit from your learning.

Three quick wins — HOW2s for online learning — any subject

1. iTransform https://​app​.teach​ing​how2s​.com/​i​t​r​a​n​sform — deconstruction and reconstruction of subject knowledge to help it stick

2. Feedback and Assessment with eTextbooks https://app.teachinghow2s.com/feedback-and-assessment-with-etextbooks‑1 No HOW IT HELPS tab on this HOW2 — it has been created specifically with online learning in mind 

3 Interview and Playback https://​app​.teach​ing​how2s​.com/​i​n​t​e​r​v​i​e​w​-​a​n​d​-​p​l​a​yback A collaborative way for students to engage in Retrieval Practice


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