Take a tour of the HOW2 platform with our very own HOW2 guru Damian.
Who are you? What do you do?
We consider ourselves, first and foremost, educators. Apart from our office manager, Nicky, we have been teachers, managers, and senior leaders. And since Nicky is a scout leader, we consider her an educator too! You can find out more about our backgrounds on the about us page.
Here, on these FAQ pages, we want to guide and mentor you as you learn about the HOW2s. Our commitment to you is honesty and transparency. Strange as it may sound, we sometimes recommend that organisations do not subscribe.
The FAQs are here to help you make an informed decision for your faculty, coaches, managers, and ultimately your students.
We want this process to be a great experience, even if you don’t subscribe. We don’t employ a sales team (it helps keep the costs down), and we don’t look to push square pegs into round holes. So take a good look at the FAQs, then get in touch to set up a conversation.
What we do
We’ve provided subject expert faculty, like those that work at Activate Learning, with access to HOW2s since 2011. Every teacher, every faculty would love to have access to their own instructional coach. We can’t quite manage that but we can give them access to the knowledge and skills of an instructional coach — online. So that they can become as expert in the craft of teaching as they already are in their academic, career or vocational pathway. Nearly a decade before online learning and teaching became necessary, we launched the How2 web app and created step-by-step visual guides to evidence-based teaching (EBT) strategies. The aeroplane safety card type graphics make it easy for a new or more experienced faculty to adapt the HOW2 teaching techniques to any academic, career, or vocational subject and setting to improve their students’ learning experience and outcomes through the use of EBT.
Essentially, the app allows full-time faculty and adjuncts to access support when they need it. And, since 2011, working with our community of users, we have added a suite of social learning tools to enable
• faculty developers and instructional coaches (and others in a supporting role) to give a far greater number of faculty more comprehensive and immediate support
• faculty to, via a unique scalable skills exchange mechanism, offer and ask for support from and to each other
• leaders to support ALL (full time and adjuncts) their faculty and see the impact of their decision.
We have subscribers in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the USA. Our customers are community colleges and further education Colleges, universities, teacher training organisations, apprenticeship providers, and schools — in fact, any organisation that is interested in supporting their teachers/faculty to use EBT methods and master the craft of teaching.
Graphic Organisers as Advanced Organiser — one of >150 EBT techniques on the app
As you watch the video keep an eye out for the contextual descriptors and the status bar. The descriptors are there to support you in adapting the technique to your context. The status bar is there to support us in supporting each other.
Are the HOW2s a good fit for your organisation?
You may want to consider whether the HOW2s CPD web app is the way that you want to support the TLA in your organisation. To help you weigh up the pros and cons, we’ve put together a table which compares the main options open to you.
There’s a lot to think about. It’s subjective, but these are the things we’ve discussed over the years with our customers.
|Attribute||HOW2s||External trainer||Conference||In‑house trainer||Books|
|Personalised to each teacher||5||1||2||4||2|
|Easy to learn and apply||5||2||2||2||2|
|Quick to deliver||5||3||3||1||1|
|Instant support for both online and classroom TLA during Covid-19||5||1||1||1||1|
|Minimal CPD research time||5||4||5||1||1|
|Constantly accessible 24/7||5||1||1||1||4|
|Limited teacher disruption||5||2||1||2||4|
|Aids professional collaboration||5||2||2||2||2|
|Suitable for coaching, whole-staff training, twilight, self-study||5||4||3||4||2|
|Instant evidence for inspections||5||1||1||2||1|
|Consistency of training quality||5||3||3||4||3|
|Instant solutions post observation||5||2||2||4||2|
|Themes for learning walks||5||2||2||4||2|
|Share best practice across whole organisation||5||2||2||4||2|
|Provides a common language for all to use and understand||5||2||2||4||2|
|Easy to evidence impact||5||2||2||2||1|
|Solutions in one central area||5||2||2||2||2|
|Takes seconds to find solutions for learners’ barriers to progress||5||2||2||2||2|
|Transparency - easy to see who is regularly using the resource||5||2||2||2||2|
|Many educators supported by a few coaches||5||2||2||2||2|
|Provides a silver bullet without being driven||2||2||2||2||2|
|Away day buzz and a good lunch||1||5||5||2||2|
|Future content and feature updates included in subscription||5||1||1||3||1|
|Use at scale (across regions/countries)||5||3||3||2||4|
|Brings in new ideas relevant to individual teachers||5||3||2||4||2|
Contact us if we’ve missed anything!
Addressing Senior Leaders’ Questions
In the buyers’ guide, we tackle the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) Senior Leaders have about subscribing to the HOW2s today.
We’ve grouped other FAQs into categories to help you find the information you are looking for.