Module 2


Encouraging Online Communication & Connections with Staff and Students

Before the classes start, before the work begins, clear communications involving school staff and including parents and students, are important to setting up the organization and culture for a successful year. When planning for online or blended learning classes, this is crucial.

Webinar Live Stream: Module 2

Moving Forward: Encouraging Online Communication & Connections with Staff and Students

Wednesday June 17th 2020 at 3:00-4:00 EST

Target Audience: Elementary and Secondary Educators

Moving classes and meetings online is a new challenge for many. Beyond communications, building connections and relationships within the school staff team, in classes, and with families will make these new challenges easier to face together. Taking the time to connect with students, setting consistent expectations and letting them get to know you and vice versa, is necessary and worth the effort.

Join us when we come together to share some strategies for connecting and planning effectively at a distance.

  • A recording is available below.

  • Participant questions were compiled from the webinar chat and organized by moderators. Participants can view the compiled Q&A at the following address

Archived Recording of this Session

Recording of Module 2 - Moving Forward: Encouraging Online Communication & Connections with Staff and Students

Webinar Resources:

Audrey McLaren talks about communication strategies with online students. (1m 36s)

Peggy Drolet talks about 'getting to know you' activities and discusses how a virtual class forum can be similar to the school cafeteria or student lounge, as a place for students to socialize (1m 01s).

Kerry Cule highlights the top 3 skills needed to be a successful online learner:

1. Motivation 2. Organization 3. Communication...NOT tech skills!!! (1m 10s)

Go further:

Twitter in our classes:

Instant Messaging:


  • Engage your students in and out of the classroom, with interactive study material, learning activities and games.


  • See all your students working and give high-quality feedback–from anywhere.

The Noun Project:

  • Icons used throughout the presentation, with a pro account there is no need for attribution.


  • A collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).


  • Collection of free digital math activities


  • Create an avatar instead of using a photo or live video.


  • A place where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students (or department or families) can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.


  • Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning and reflection in a portfolio.