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The practicalities of playing recorded audio/video in an online lesson

There are lots of benefits of using recorded listening material in an online lesson, but the technology can sometimes present a challenge. There isn’t always an option to play audio or video in the platform you’re using. The teacher can play the audio or video on their screen and share their screen with their learners, but learners can’t always hear or see it.


Read how three teachers overcome the issue of playing audio and video in an online lesson. What approach does each teacher take? (You can click on the image to expand it.)

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