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Getting to know your platform

Watch teachers talk about platforms, then label parts of a platform.

In the previous step, one of the resources mentioned as essential for online teaching was an online teaching platform. In this video, our teachers talk about some of the different types of platforms you can use and some of the features the different platforms have.

Task 1

Watch the video and answer these questions:
1) What different platforms do they mention?
2) What different features/functions do they mention?

Check your answers

Task 2

Now let’s see if you can identify some of these features/functions on this screenshot of a platform for delivering live lessons. A mock up of an online platform with a number of different functions labelled 1-10 Look at the screenshot of an online platform and match the words below to the numbers (1–10) on the platform.

Chat box Interactive whiteboard
Video of teacher Video of learners
Breakout rooms where students can work privately in pairs/groups List of students in the room
Pointer Hands up icon
Audio control icon Video control icon

Check your answers

Task 3

Go to this Quizlet to match some activities with these platform features. To match the activities in Quizlet, drag and drop the matching texts onto each other. To navigate back to the course please use the back button in your browser.

A: Hands up icon B: Audio icon C: Breakout rooms  
D: Interactive whiteboard E: Chat box F: Pointer G: Share screen feature

Reflect and share

Which platform feature(s) do you think you would exploit the most? How?

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