With distance learning becoming a new normal as the world is facing unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, educators from across the global are rapidly modifying their lessons for use in digital classrooms. In order to support the teachers in making this transition to online learning, Microsoft is hosting a special-edition TweetMeet on April 21 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (10:30 PM IST) about the topic Remote Learning.
In this 74-minute session, Microsoft has invited 200 former hosts back to guide the conversation in many different languages. During the meeting, a blogpost by Microsoft revealed that the focus would be on questions like: What practices and solutions are working best for you? How are you making it all happen? What keeps your students engaged? How do you provide a socially and emotionally supportive environment for everyone involved?
According to Microsoft, “We have five discussion questions lined up this month, allowing 14 minutes of discussion time each:
- How are you making the transition to remote learning? Share stories.
- How do you ensure that all your students are engaged?
- How do you care for the well-being of your students, colleagues and community?
- What are your best tips and resources to support remote learning?
- What lessons can be learned from teaching and learning under the present circumstances?”
Besides this, Microsoft has stated that if an educator is conducting a class at the time of the event, busy doing other things, or asleep, they can participate any time after the event. They can simply look at the questions and share their respective respond as per time and date that’s suitable for them.
Moreover, educators can also schedule their tweets prior to the meet. They simply need to ensure that they include the entire question in their tweet and the hashtag #MSFTEduChat, so that everyone knows how their responses align to the event questions and conversations.
Microsoft has further revealed that “#MSFTEduChat TweetMeets are global and multilingual conversations on Twitter, facilitated by Microsoft Education. Our events take place every third Tuesday of the month. Every month we choose a new topic that is relevant for educators.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition is now available through June 2020 for all educators and learners who have a valid Office 365 Education account.
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