Synchronous learning is more popular now than ever before. This is due to the COVID-19 crisis, which forced schools to switch to distance learning practically overnight.
As educators have quickly found out, for synchronous learning to be successful, it’s not enough to simply put their face-to-face lessons online. Lessons need to be adapted or even created from scratch to work for online instruction. To keep learners’ interest and attention, lessons need to be short, varied, engaging, and interactive. Fortunately, most synchronous platforms come equipped with “toolboxes” to help achieve this.
A synchronous toolbox is a set of features that help make online lessons more interactive and interesting. Common “tools” are whiteboards, breakout rooms, chats, emojis, polls, and screen sharing and more!
In our upcoming blog series, we will dive into various synchronous-toolbox tools. Check back here next week, when we discuss the online whiteboard tool.