Hannah Tyreman

Hannah Tyreman

I am the Head of Online Learning and Community at the Chartered College of Teaching. Prior to this role I taught English and led professional learning in Further Education settings.

Location United Kingdom


  • Brilliant to hear Nafsika! Hope it goes well and/or you discover interesting things.

  • @ClaireRoss I did not know that breakout rooms was available on the free version of Zoom - that changes everything! Thanks for sharing.

  • Research evidence might be useful here. The Chartered College of Teaching published a research summary just today on various aspects of teaching and learning in the present context. Some of the findings around online learning may be helpful for informing your decisions either way -...

  • Hi @OdetteCo I think, in part, you've answered you own question there - having your own schedule with cut off times for working will be really helpful right now if you haven't established that - as well as screen breaks during the day to rest your eyes. I really like the Pomodoro technique and there are various apps to remind you to take breaks - I find that...

  • Hi Rekha, there are lots of other great quizzing and formative assessment tools. We'll explore assessment and feedback next week in more detail but here are a few I'd recommend:
    A Google or Microsoft form - not buggy
    Kahoot- not buggy
    Socrative- not buggy
    Formative- not buggy
    Whiteboard.fi (although also a bit buggy)

  • Hi @JuanAgueroBenitez Zoom have tackled a lot of the security aspects in recent weeks with the ability to add passwords and have a waiting room so you know who you're letting into your class - almost like asking them to wait at the classroom door! It is a really helpful tool as you can send them into breakout rooms (although this may just be in the paid...

  • It'd be helpful to understand what your online learning typically looks like to better answer this question.

    Some starting points might be to look at the nature of involvement you're currently expecting - is it all synchronous? This may be challenging for many students due to internet/device access and home context. Is it all asynchronous? This again may...

  • Hi @ChristianPasilan - they're often similar to what they are in a classroom - you make learning visible in the same way through checking for learning, assessment for learning, responsive teaching. We're actually exploring assessment and feedback next week on the course. For now, some of these guides might be useful -...

  • Hi @HelenGroom - I can see that you're based in the UK. Something we've been exploring with members at the Chartered College of Teaching recently is watching some of the lessons delivered by Oak National Academy. They're freely available and might give you an idea of how some teachers are approaching online learning and teaching - https://www.thenational.academy/

  • Things like online quizzes, Padlet walls or chat forums can be great to use alongside video content. Your students can engage with the video whenever they're free but still work through the more interactive elements sitting alongside it.

    I wonder how anyone else is approaching this?

  • @NatalieBauer Hurrah! Lovely to read that you're already feeling more confident after just this first week. I love your idea of an online coffee shop!

  • Thank you for your thorough reflections @RuthReader - can I ask what BBB is?

    I too have experienced more success with Padlet than a forum for discussions - I think the friendlier format helps.

    I look forward to seeing how your experiments progress over the next couple of weeks of this course.

  • @LisaWood I am a fan of days of the year too and your ideas for its use are fabulous!

  • Absolutely! These areas of communication aren't things we can neglect to consider. I found this reading about parental engagement interesting - https://my.chartered.college/2020/03/supporting-the-home-learning-environment/

    I wonder how others are adjusting and taking care over their communications with students and parents right now?

  • Hello @ZosimaDamasco - these sound like great questions to ponder! There are no concrete answers to this as they're so heavily context dependent. Perhaps you could run some mini research to discover the answers?

  • Thank you for your honest reflections @CheeneBitas - it's definitely a new world we're traversing. The remainder of this course will support you through the set-up stages so that you're left feeling as confident as you possibly can about your next steps. I'd suggest taking it one step at a time and gradually you'll grow in confidence and you're absolutely...

  • @JanePettegree What a great question! I'm not sure I completely have an answer for you but I do have a couple of things that may help you to consider some possibilities.

    This is a guide from the Chartered College of Teaching about the effective online collaboration and group work -...

  • Hello @CorinnaM - I'm not sure there's ever a single 'best' way to do things as it's so dependent on you, your students, your subject, your context.

    You may find this compact guide we recently produced at the Chartered College of Teaching useful though? It describes the possibilities based on what research evidence tells us....

  • Hello @MahaAli - you might be interested in this reply I made to a similar questions about assessment - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teach-online/2/steps/757015/comments?page=3#comment_41334755

  • In the UK, Oak National Academy was recently launched. We've recently been recommending it as a source of professional development to student teachers who might be missing out on classroom experience right now but it's actually great professional development for any teacher. Browse the lessons and use some to inspire your own practice -...

  • This is definitely a key challenge presented by the current situation. I know of a number of teaching colleagues whose schools are continuing to provide online learning but also sending materials home by post to those pupils who are struggling with computer or internet access so they can still continue learning.

    I wonder if other participants can share...

  • Loom would be my number 1 recommendation for this. You can record yourself and your screen easily. You'll end up with a single link that you can then share with your students through your normal communication route. The pro features are also free for teachers to use at present -...

  • Keeping it simple is definitely key when making platform choices. I think the first port of call would be to use anything that may already be built into school systems or be familiar to you and pupils. If this doesn't result in an obvious solution then this comparison grid I came across from a teacher might be helpful - at least with regards to video...

  • Hello @AyyadEchine - a great question and one worth being concerned with right now. In fact, we'll be exploring assessment and the technology that can support it later on in this course. There are some great resources out there to support effective online assessment, much of which really aligns with the advice about what makes for effective assessment in a...

  • This sounds like a great initiative - very similar to a group I attend on a Thursday afternoon with the CFEY in the UK, which is now open to all educators. https://cfey.org/2020/03/join-our-virtual-reading-group/

  • @EmmanuelleRobinne It may be the version of Word you're using. This article has more details about how it works - https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/microsoft-office/insert-voice-comments-into-a-word-document/

  • I found this week's reading on the difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning fascinating. I shared some of my key takeaways over on a Twitter thread - https://twitter.com/hannahtyreman/status/1248205856711290880

  • Hello @MarkCarton for your honesty - it can certainly be overwhelming - both for us and our students. I'd recommend finding a small set of tools that you use to maximise your teaching approaches and keep it simple! I too am a great fan of Wakelet - it's a really versatile and easy-to-use tool.

  • @karencronin A great question! I'm not sure I can give you 10 but here are a few of my solid favourites - clearly the tool really depends on the context, relevant safeguarding and gdpr considerations, the access available, and the purpose for its use:

    Padlet for pupils sharing ideas, reflections, learning logs with the teacher and other students...

  • @AlexParsons-Moore You're certainly not alone in this challenge.

    This article about guiding student improvement without individual feedback may be of interest to you? https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687449

    Strategies like whole-class feedback can be really helpful too - https://w...

  • Hi @AlexisCalderónRodríguez have any of the resources shared this week been helpful to you? It could be useful to share the context you're working in and the challenges faced with evaluation and assessment as other participants may have insight they can share with you.

    These principles from research may be of interest -...

  • Hello @FiorellaB and @RebeccaJ

    This article lists some education technologies that can support students with additional needs - https://impact.chartered.college/issue/special-issue-january-2019-education-technology/

    There are great tools built into Microsoft like Immersive Reader -...

  • Hello Jennifer, this article lists some education technologies that can support students with additional needs - https://impact.chartered.college/issue/special-issue-january-2019-education-technology/

    There are great tools built into Microsoft like Immersive Reader - https://schoolsict.co.uk/what-we-do/office-365/learning-tools/immersive-reader and lots of...

  • I recently engaged in some learning about some of the key principles of effective assessment and feedback from research evidence. Some of it challenged my existing thinking and it certainly gave me some guiding principles to guide my practice - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687447

  • This is a great TED talk on distractions directed at young people that held relevance for me too but may be of interest to your students also - https://www.ted.com/talks/nichana_miller_the_danger_of_distraction

    I'd also recommend this if you suspect procrastination is an issue! https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

  • I found it interesting how high distractions were in this poll. Working in online learning, this is all too familiar an experience for me and I've implemented a few strategies and continue to learn more to help me navigate the world of digital distractions.

    I regularly use the Forest app on my Google Chrome browser. This means I can 'blacklist' certain...

  • I hope you're all progressing well with your online learning experimentation and implementation. I hope you're continuing to take it one step at a time and being patient with yourself and students.

    I really liked this from Zoë Sandford in this week's welcome video -

    'I want to invite you to continue remembering that you’re human and your students are...

  • This is a useful additional read on comparative judgement use in a secondary school if anyone is considering exploring it - https://impact.chartered.college/article/stock-comparative-judgment-assess-progress-secondary-school/

  • Hi Catriona - there are options available if you don't have access to individual iPads - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687455/comments?page=1#comment_39034401

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    There are ways to provide audio feedback to pupils when they don't have individual iPads to use in class. You might consider creating a video or audio file as you mark a piece of paper-based work - have a device with you whilst making and create one file (using the camera or as whole class feedback or individual files to email to pupils or share via your usual...

  • @JeanYoung this is great to hear! Feel free to get in touch with me if there are specific pieces of content you're seeking and I can send you a selection to get you started - htyreman@chartered.college

  • There are alternative approaches to whole class feedback with a full set of devices - https://www.futurelearn.com/comments/39033828

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    There are alternative approaches to whole class feedback with a full set of devices - https://www.futurelearn.com/comments/39033828

  • There are alternative approaches to whole class feedback with a full set of devices - https://www.futurelearn.com/comments/39033828

  • Whilst the approach to whole class feedback here makes use of individual iPads, there are ways to achieve this if you don't have access to a class set of devices. Consider taking photographs of work you'd like the class to review and display these on the board for everyone to see. Alternatively, your school may be able to purchase a visualiser for your...

  • It was great to see this in action when we filmed it. I guess pupils may have been less keen when the approach was first introduced but we saw it at the point when it was just 'the way things are done here' and so all pupils were keen to share their work and received their peers' comments on it. I guess it's worth considering how you introduce this approach,...

  • Welcome to the profession, Jean! We have a whole host of resources and support for new teachers over at the Chartered College of Teaching - https://chartered.college/join/

  • @NellKikuchi Hopefully the responsive teaching approaches shared this week can help you to reduce your workload in some of these areas whilst continuing to provide effective feedback to pupils. The case studies on this course are all open so if it would be helpful, you might like to share links to key readings and videos with your school colleagues and leaders.

  • This is great to hear, thanks for joining us @MatthewNeville

  • It depends on your context @MarziyaOwen Where pupils don't have access to individual devices in the classroom then Zipgrade is a great tool as it's only reliant on one device: the teacher's. It can also be really helpful when preparing pupils for written exams where devices can't be used. Socrative and other quizzing tools are useful when all pupils have...

  • This article has more information about leaving audio comments in Microsoft - https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/microsoft-office/insert-voice-comments-into-a-word-document/

  • Eric, this is great to hear. I'm pleased that your leadership team have been responsive to parent feedback and are now taking the time to pause.

  • I think you may have shared a plan already but if not, there is a Word version of the document contained in here that you should be able to download - https://padlet.com/charteredcollegeofteaching/developmentplans

  • Absolutely Sophie! I'm not sure what method your pupils use to submit their work on Teams but this guide shares how you can leave audio feedback on work submitted in Microsoft documents - https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/microsoft-office/insert-voice-comments-into-a-word-document/

  • Absolutely! Hopefully you've seen this course from FutureLearn that we're currently supporting in light of the current context - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teach-online We've also gathered a range of resources here to support colleagues - https://chartered.college/2020/03/18/covid-19-and-teaching/

  • Great! I'd love to hear which one you settle on.

  • I'm pleased to hear that!

  • Perhaps with key vocabulary or techniques to ensure they can differentiate them from similar ones? Ensuring those threshold concepts are secure for them to be able to apply their learning in deliberate practice effectively. It may be that the tool is more suited to your theory and history lessons though.

  • @MarziyaOwen Fab! It is good to have that human contact to maintain the connections even when we are not able to interact face-to-face.

  • Nice work!

  • Yes, it's definitely one of those many CPD approaches that need to be accompanied by a strong culture of trust. I really liked this article about how video helped one teacher to see their practice in a totally new light - https://blog.irisconnect.com/uk/blog/hitting-the-right-notes-improving-teaching-practice-with-the-chartered-teacher-programme

  • Absolutely! Accessing high quality articles is so important. There are a range gathered here and collected by topic area - https://my.chartered.college/resources/covid-19-support/education-reading-group-article-collections/

  • At the Chartered College of Teaching, we've recently created and shared a whole host of open access articles to support school reading groups - with some advice of how to run them online, which may be particularly useful right now - https://my.chartered.college/resources/covid-19-support/education-reading-group-article-collections/

    I attended one today...

  • Hello @RichardBradford I've just tried via this link and it appears to be working ok? https://www.channelone.com/blog_post/edtech-trend-turning-students-into-content-creators/

  • Hello @AnneGilsenan You might be interested in reading this blog I read earlier on this week about building independent learners during this time of remote and online learning - https://classteaching.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/distance-learning-building-independence/

  • Hello @JohnOrgan If you scroll up to the top of this discussions thread, you'll see these two sections listed just below the mark as complete, previous and next step buttons.