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.

  • Hello @MarziyaOwen - great to see you here! I'd be really interested to know - what do your Monday check ins consist of?

  • This sounds like a great way to manage the time and provide yourself and your students some freedom too.

  • Hello Anna! There a few possibilities to experiment with to see what might suit you the most - https://padlet.com/ https://miro.com/ and https://jamboard.google.com/ are all great options!

  • Well hopefully you'll all be equipped with ideas and plans to experiment with very soon! @ClareTaylor @grahamWiggins @LarissaH.

  • Hello @EngTeachG GDPR and safeguarding considerations should be made when using new technologies, especially where your students are vulnerable or under the age of 19. There should be someone in your institution who is responsible for this decision making so I'd suggest running any new technology tool past them to be sure. If the tool doesn't collect any...

  • I'm not sure what technology you have access to but a Google form could be create with one or two rating questions and a box to provide additional written feedback if desired perhaps? https://www.google.co.uk/forms/about/

  • Hello Simon, I don't have personal expertise in this area but I know of a colleague, Bukky Yusuf, who works in an alternative provision setting. She has recently blogged about their school's transition to online learning and it may contain some useful ideas and tips -...

  • Hi Eoghan - great question! It can become really time-consuming to mark all work and provide individual feedback for students when the format is online learning. This article about guiding student improvement without individual feedback might be interesting for you - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687449 Whole class...

  • I think it's also worthwhile remembering that we're working with a diverse group of humans during a time of crisis. Please do not feel deterred if, even given careful planning and chunking of content, engagement is not quite what you might expect it to be.

  • A few thoughts from me on the relationship between learning design and motivation.

    I really enjoyed reading this article from Harry Fletcher-Wood recently. He writes about behavioural psychology as it relates to education and this article he considers how students might be motivated to learn remotely in the current coronavirus context -...

  • This resource is a really helpful one from a UK charity seeking to ensure children benefit from technology, free from harm. They've put together advice specifically for technology use within a remote learning situation including recorded or live videos, personal data, and student wellbeing - https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/safe-remote-learning/

  • So @VivienneD. I posed this question to my personal learning community on Twitter and received a raft of responses. One leader shared a blog, which you may find useful - https://markmywords1989.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/virtual-reality-planning-remote-cpd/

    You'll see a whole host of other ideas and responses here -...

  • Fabulous @DavidK It absolutely sounds as though you're trialling the right things in effective ways. Be patient - they'll grow accustomed to the new way of working and become more confident as time goes on. I've heard great things about Seesaw. Looking forward to see how things progress for you in the weeks ahead.

  • @CaitlinMcDougall This is a good question - feedback can quickly become time consuming, especially when teaching online. Some of the ideas here about guiding student improvement without giving individual feedback may inspire you - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687449 I'd suggest considering carefully whether you might...

  • Hello @FilizE Some more context might help us to answer your question. You MAY find some useful ideas here - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687432

  • Hello @TamaraRobinson - This article MAY have some useful content for you around how to do video conferencing in low bandwidth ways - https://www.iddblog.org/videoconferencing-alternatives-how-low-bandwidth-teaching-will-save-us-all/

  • I recently used Calendly for schedule 1-1 meetings that people could book into. The link could be shared on Teams and I believe the appointments will get placed in your calendar as your students sign up to them. https://calendly.com/

  • @JaredCawley I've heard of schools doing this in many creative ways this week. Some are continuing to send out a weekly assembly for all the family to enjoy. Many are setting projects for everyone to get involved with such as a recipe to learn, a PE class to participate in, or a song to learn. You can consider asking everyone to share their learning for the...

  • Hello @DavidK I recently wrote about the challenge of online discussions for my own 'teaching' context. Whilst I work with adults, some of the research and considerations may be of interest to you - https://www.litalgamation.co.uk/writing/online-discussions-for-learning Might they find a debate helpful where there are many sides but can get stuck in to...

  • Hi @RolandEbert I'd agree with @EvanG here - Wakelet is a great option for creating collections of content to be shared.

  • @GrahamT This is a great question and I can see this being a useful possibility to many. Do you use Google applications? You could perhaps upload the image into a Google slide or a drawing and then do some drawing over the top of it or add text boxes before downloading as an image to send back? If you're working on a mobile device then your photos app may...

  • Hello @CaoimheMcGarry - a great question and actually something technology is pretty good at replicating in a way that can give us some really useful data about students' learning. As @CarloMariconda references, there are a number of quizzing tools that can support retrieval practice. For anyone interested in this kind of cognitive science, you may be...

  • Hi @JeetendraBahadurThakuriShahi This article and poster has some ideas about supporting the home learning environment. https://my.chartered.college/2020/03/supporting-the-home-learning-environment/

    I've heard from schools this week who are creating family PE lessons, music lessons where the student can teach their parents a song, and videos of a teacher...

  • I am not a TikTok user but I am aware of some teachers who are exploring this method of online teaching/learning. There's an interesting article here with some ideas - https://www.col.org/news/col-blog/importance-tiktok-type-videos-learning I'd recommend caution in moving any teaching to social media due to safeguarding concerns so always good to check that...

  • @BeatriceGrotto Fabulous - an exciting trial.

  • Fabulous! I look forward to hearing about it all.

  • I'm sure they will grow in confidence over time. It can be useful to model how you want it to be used first for them to follow your lead. If they don't grow in confidence with it then it might be that it's not the right tool for them. It's important to remember that students will be feeling just as overwhelmed by learning online for, in most cases, the first...

  • This sounds lovely @MaidaS - it's so important for you to see your students and for them to see you at this time to still feel connected.

  • @LornaLeahy This happens to me! It's often because I've forgotten to tick the pink 'Mark as complete' button before going to the next step. You can see which steps you still have to complete by going to your 'To Do' list at the top of your page and scanning down any step numbers that aren't coloured blue. Go tick the circle and you'll soon be at 100%!

  • @LornaLeahy setting clear boundaries when we're teaching online is perhaps even more important than it is usually. Might it be possible for you to communicate to your pupils that you'll be answering messages between certain hours of the day or could you publish a frequently asked questions document so that you're not having to respond to each individual? I...

  • It will be so helpful if awarding bodies are able to adapt their approaches as swiftly as teachers have responded to the new context. I'm a big fan of audio or video feedback. If anyone else would like to try that out, this article may be of interest - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/technology-teaching-learning/3/steps/687415

  • Taking a collaborative approach with colleagues is a really helpful one if you can manage it, especially in the current context. Also considering the kind of thing you want students to be learning before you even think about the online aspects.

  • I'm not certain @katischulz but I think @FredaMalone may be referring to this - https://www.mentimeter.com/