Using technology for distance teacher training

VLE, virtual classroom, webex, When you have geographically-dispersed teachers, how do you make sure they all receive a standardized training programme?

Virtual training sessions

Use one of the many virtual meeting spaces available online at the moment; Webex, GoToMeeting, Adobe connect or Google Hangouts.  Depending on the complexity and frequency of your training sessions, you can find one of the solutions that’s fits your needs.  Hangouts is completely free for example but requires users to have a google+ account. With Webex you can sign up for a free basic account although you can only meet with up to 3 people, the nice thing about webex is that your attendees don’t have to download anything so they can connect really easily. Adobe and GoToMeeting don’t offer free accounts but both will let you sign up for a free trial so you can see which suits you best. All these options offer a space where you can meet with your teachers, screenshare or show a presentation and even record it for those who couldn’t make it.


If you need to give a specific solution to a problem, quicker and more effective than a phone call or an email is a quick demonstration screencast.  Jing lets you record a video or screencast and immediately gives you the link which you can then send to your teachers. You can record your desktop, yourself or a combination of the two so it’s as close as you can get to actually explaining something in person. I use Jing constantly to resolve teacher’s queries and now couldn’t do without it.

Online surveys

When you’re training teachers at a distance and don’t get to see or speak with them on a regular basis, it’s important to get feedback  so you know how they are getting on and what they might need.  Polldaddy and Surveymonkey both allow you to set up free accounts so you can build online surveys, send them to your teachers and collect the results online.

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