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Features

Get to know the HOW2 Instructional Coaching Platform

The HOW2 app’s comprehensive range of features supports self-directed, peer to peer and organisation-led professional learning activities. Whilst teachers are given access to a private space to learn on their own, at their own pace, they can also access a broad range of social learning tools that promote and facilitate shared, community-driven learning.

Step-by-step visual guides to evidence-based teaching techniques

Infographics provide an end-to-end view of each technique, whilst the page-by-page 'presentation view' - with pop up speech bubbles, air-plane safety-card style illustrations and concise explanations - guides the user through every step of each technique.

The precise, easy-to-navigate HOW2 guides, make learning and adapting the techniques quick and easy, whether it’s for the classroom, lab or workspace.

The fact that the image is paired down and devoid of contextual information facilitates a focus on the teaching and learning inherent in the technique and its adaptation to meet the needs of students.

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Professor Kate Wall

School of Education, University of Stratchclyde

An extensive library of over 160 visual guides

The HOW2 library is organised into useful teaching, learning and assessment themes. Including everything from questioning and formative assessment, to whole-class instruction and behaviour, the platform offers a vast array of categories to help to direct teachers towards the teaching technique that is right for them.

The HOW2 app is a bit like giving faculty access to the expertise of an instructional coach on a 24/7 basis.

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Trevor Gordon

Education Leader and Instructional Coach

Skills Exchange promotes engagement, monitors usage and measures impact

This feature allows staff to quickly see who is considering, working on, or has already embedded a particular technique, providing a useful framework for the exchange of ideas across the organisation.

A valuable management tool, the Skills Exchange feature also gives quality managers and inspectors an 'at-a-glance' view of the variety and volume of HOW2s being used in the classroom.

Inspectors were impressed by the way that we were able to provide evidence of how our staff shared best practices across and between subject areas.  They could also see evidence of the impact of the HOW2 techniques through managerial, assessment and observation reports.

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Gordon Duffy McGhie

Director of Teaching and Learning at Middlesbrough College

Library Customisation

Create custom sets of teaching techniques and share them across your organisation

Noticeboards

Direct app usage via organisation-wide notices, shared in-app and sent via email

Comments

Discussion threads are supported throughout the app, encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing

Groups encourage shared learning and consistency

Any user can create a group that transcends subject and campus boundaries supporting learning communities and collaborative approaches to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The Groups facility, in conjunction with Notes, allows users to reflect on, support and share emerging best practices in teaching environments.

Good pedagogy transcends subject areas. The Groups and Skills Exchange in the HOW2 app facilitates shared learning and promotes improved teaching standards across the college.

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Curtis Hakala

Eastern College, West Virginia

Nudges support and encourage staff to deliver on TLA goals

With the nudge feature, teachers can drive their own learning. They can also use the nudge feature to support each other, prompting discussion and shared learning. Faculty managers, coaches, supervisors and quality managers love the nudges because they allow specific HOW2 techniques – or sets of techniques – that relate to, for example, supervisions or student evaluations or other internal TLA programmes to be pushed to busy teachers in seconds.

The nudge feature was added because our colleges told us there was too big a time gap between identifying ‘what’ needed to be done and providing the ‘how’ support to do it.

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Ian Harris

Creator of the HOW2s platform.

Notes support peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing

The notes tool gives users the ability to capture, record and reflect on their own experiences and progress. Users can share their challenges, adaptations and embedded solutions with colleagues, forging collaborative experience-led learning communities.

Over time, repositories of shared knowledge develop.  Dynamic professional learning communities emerge, teachers are inspired and engaged and ultimately we see better student learning experiences.

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Trevor Gordon

Education Leader and HOW2 Instructional Coach

Single sign-on

Integrate the HOW2s with your identity provider platform for easy access

Easy onboarding

Manage users and groups with a powerful CSV import facility

Reports

Export detailed usage reports to monitor progress across your organisation

In Context summaries clarify and distill the purpose of every technique

The In Context feature help teachers get to grips with the HOW2 techniques by prompting them to think about the techniques from a variety of viewpoints. Put another way, it helps teachers to build a picture of how to adapt and apply the techniques to suit a variety of contexts and learning environments.

The descriptors are impact statements. They are there to empower, to support a considered, academic response to the questions 'why might I use this technique?' and 'what benefits or impact can I expect from using it?'

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Ian Harris

Creator of the HOW2s Platform; Ex-teacher, Special Needs Co-ordinator and Instructional Coach

Is HOW2 right for your college or workplace?

Here are four quick questions and four short (optional) videos from our CEO to help you decide whether to go further.