Resources for Creating Online Learning
Get inspired to create online learning experiences by watching these students in an online improv class who were challenged to design an improv around a virtual help desk for returns. Scroll down the page for more extensive resources for creating online learning.
Top Ten Tips for Teaching Theatre Online
- Start by surveying your students: what technology do they have access to? how can they communicate with you? Consider spending the first online class going over how to use the technology together. Plan to communicate as often as possible to keep students feeling a part of the classroom community: office hours, text messages, emails, one on one sessions, etc. This is article offers a list of available free wi-fi services as of spring 2020.
- Mix it up in your time together: combine interactive portions, videos, live teaching, guided group movement exercises, breaks for paying attention to SEL and chances to reflect; utilize a mix of guided group instruction and small group or duos. Combine short group sessions with independent assignments to further learning while minimizing screen time. It is especially important to keep sessions short and engaging for younger learners. Find some excellent tips and tools on this California Department of Education's site Lessons from the Field - Remote Learning Guidance or this blog post on key solutions.
- Don't forget about accessibility; be sure to make efforts to make virtual content accessible to students of all abilities in planning your online teaching. The National Endowment for the Arts created this list of resources to help.
- Use an online file management system or your school's learning management system to stay organized and communicate with students and families. Google tools, Google Classrooms, Dropbox features, all can be used to organize student assignments and grades for easy cloud-based access available anywhere.
- Organize your space for teaching; just as you might organize your desk in your classroom. Teach your students to create a space for learning; coach them to try to access class in the same place each time, and to always have a journal and pencil ready. Encourage them to keep regular sleep hours and to get ready for classes just as they would get ready for in person school. Help them with simple rituals to start and end class.
- Adjust your lessons to match both the challenges and the freedoms of online or hybrid learning. This article from Zoom on the best practices for hybrid learning suggests mixing in online breakout discussions, polls, activities, and videos. The Zoom Educator's Guide offers some tips for how to use interactive features of the platform to encourage student engagement.
- Embrace this time as a chance for creativity and student choice; engage your students in finding innovative ways to use the technology for storytelling and theatre making. It is not a question of IF we teach and perform theatre, it is just a question of HOW. Be proactive with a plan and communicate it to your administrators and families. Let them know you are ready to go online whenever the need arises. Make it easy for them to imagine how theatre education, led by an experienced and qualified theatre educator, can be delivered in a virtual world.
- Plan project based lessons which include a web based element - these lend themselves well to flipped classrooms or hybrid learning situations where there is a combination of in person and virtual instruction. Check out the "Click to Teach/Click to Learn" online curriculum packages here on EdTA's Learning Center - perfect for in person, online, or hybrid instruction. You can even consider an online or streaming performance event.
- Protect student privacy and safety. Use tools and aps which offer student privacy agreements (check the National Database to be sure), avoid sharing student contact information, use web based programs which do not require a download to access. Learn more about the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act here. Protect meeting safety. Be aware of and use privacy controls when hosting virtual sessions. Check with your district for additional advice about policies or protections.
- Follow copyright and licensing rules for recording or streaming in class performances. Check with your licensing agencies as needed. Check for the appropriate licensing rights for recording book readings. Check Fair Use and You Tube guidelines when using YouTube.
- Click to Teach/Click to Learn Specially designed lessons suitable for online teaching or student self paced learning; these include everything you need to teach standards based content and measure learning.
- Tech Theatre Toolkit Series of PowerPoint based lessons by educator B.K. Goodman which make wonderful projects for online learning.
- Community Forum Participants share tips, curriculum and resources in this open community.
- Dramatics.org Student friendly resources in an interactive media format. Check out these highlights sorted by Writing, Acting and Stage Management
EdTA Guide for Online Learning
Theatre Educators Donny Covington and Weston Keifer bring to life the top ten tips in this short video presentation.
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- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 03/18/2021
It flies in the face of theatrical trends in terms of physical movement. It restricts the actor to a head in a box. It requires the playwright to start with the setting then find the characters and conflict, and it may be the perfect theatre project for our times! Join playwright and director Michael Bigelow Dixon to explore the innovative Headspace Theatre format.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 02/18/2021
Teaching for student engagement in a distance learning environment is a continuously evolving process. Join theatre educator Gai Laing Jones as she shares ideas for impact in this participatory webinar. Explore virtual learning through participation as Gai models strategies to help you identify best practices, create an ensemble based theatre classroom all while factoring in the importance of self care.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 11/11/2020
In this workshop, James Thomas Bailey will offer techniques on teaching improv/theatre, with tips for doing it well even online. Take the fear out of the process! Learn how to engage students with practical exercises you can use tomorrow.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/19/2020
Nearpod, an online student engagement platform, provides theatre educators with powerful opportunities for increasing student engagement and student accountability. Whether Nearpod lessons are delivered remotely or in-person, Nearpod is exceptional for the ease with which teachers can engage students in both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, organize powerful lessons, embed targeted formative assessments, and automatically record student response data. Nearpod is an extraordinary tool for theatre teachers who are struggling for effective means of delivering comprehensive, quality online instruction to students.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/21/2020
Acting teacher Jeffrey Kaplan shares his knowledge of the Chekhov Technique.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/09/2020
Master Class with sound designer Cheryl Williams.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/09/2020
Matt Kizer, creator of the free Online Lighting Lab, shares tips for teaching tech theatre classes using online tools and virtual instruction methods.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/09/2020
Learn how to fine tune your use of Zoom and Google based tools to teach performance skills in a virtual environment; including strategies to help bring virtual scenework alive and ideas for creating an online curriculum.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/01/2020
Story drama turns literature into an exciting jumping off point for creative drama and creative play as a vehicle for teaching theatre to young children. Story drama also translates very well to online learning. This informative webinar offers strategies for teaching story drama in the classroom or online and demonstrates an online lesson.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 05/27/2020
Learn how to structure a theatre curriculum for grades K-5, along with tips for setting up your space to work for online teaching and ideas for teaching elementary students in a virtual environment.
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