Teach mode is the presentation view of a Lesson that is designed to be used up the front of the classroom or with video conferencing.
Teach mode allows you to model the Lesson with students and view per question analytics directly on the page. You can see where students are up to and what they’re having difficulty with, and it enhances the collaborative nature of teaching with Stile. This view also hides the content editing tools and the Teaching notes that are present in Prepare mode.
Each Lesson in Stile has three views: Prepare, Teach, and Analyse. Learn more about the differences between each view here.
Teach mode enables the following activities:
- Release the Lesson to the Class;
- Summon your students to the right page with Teleport;
- Present videos and interactive content;
- Quickly check Teacher tips for assistance;
- Run a poll or brainstorm;
- Pause the Class and bring attention back to you;
- Use the navigation panel to jump to a specific question;
- Demonstrate how to answer a question;
- Discuss answers and student responses;
- Learn more about using Teach mode effectively.
Release the Lesson to the Class
Teach mode focuses on a single Class when presenting, and so you can select which Class to view. If the Lesson is hidden to that Class, then you will also have the option to release it. If you don't want your students to jump ahead before you begin teaching the Lesson, then keep it hidden until you are ready to present.
At the top of the page, select which Class you are currently teaching from the Class selector menu. A note will appear next to the menu if the Lesson is currently hidden from the Class. Click the Release button and the Lesson will appear on your students' Lessons page instantly.
Summon your students to the right page with Teleport
The Teleport class button will redirect your students to the correct page so you can get started quickly. Clicking the Teleport button will start a 60 second timer and pull all logged-in students within your Class onto the Lesson you want them to see. Students who log in during that 60 second window will also be redirected. You can cancel the Teleport at any time by clicking the button again. You can read more about Teleport here, including what it looks like to the students being teleported.
Present videos and interactive content
Some Lesson content is best served to everyone at once, rather than directing students to view it in their own time. Videos are excellent discussion starters, for example. Escape room simulations make excellent backdrops as you lead your students through the associated challenges. Internet bandwidth or content blocks might also be a consideration in schools where only teachers can view YouTube or Vimeo videos.
Teach mode presents the video and simulation widgets in the same way that they are seen in the Student view. The editing tools and Teaching notes visible in Prepare mode are hidden away to avoid any distraction.
Tip: Uploaded videos also have the option of viewing a picture-in-picture mode, which you can find to the right of the Fullscreen mode button. Use picture-in-picture when you want to pause the video and scroll back up to review the information that was mentioned earlier in the Lesson.
Quickly check Teacher tips for assistance
Teacher tips are loaded with extra information that remains invisible to students, including links to further reading, discussion prompts, additional context to help answer tricky student questions.
When you see a small lightbulb icon on the right side of the page, you can click it to reveal the Teacher tip. Students won't see this on their own screens, but they may catch a glimpse of the tip if you are presenting Teach mode at the front of class. Click the icon again to hide the tip.
Run a poll or brainstorm
The Poll and Brainstorm widgets are designed to be used live in the classroom, and they can be especially useful when teaching remotely via video conferencing. They give your students a chance to offer input without raising their hands or speaking up, and the responses can be presented anonymously. It's a great incentive for students to engage when they might otherwise be too shy in front of their peers.
The controls at the top of the poll or brainstorm will only apply to the Class that you are currently teaching. All of your students' responses will appear on your screen in real-time. You can control when your students are able to respond and whether or not they can see each other's responses on their screens.
By default, responses to these questions appear anonymous. The Brainstorm has the option to show student initials on each response. Clicking on poll response options will display who chose each option.
Pause the Class and bring attention back to you
A quick glance at the question progress bars on the left side of the screen will tell you if any students are rushing ahead. Click the Pause button to freeze your students' screens. They will be greeted with an image and some text that reads "Eyes on your teacher. Your teacher has paused the lesson."
This can also be helpful if you want everyone to stop and watch a video together, or to focus everyone on an active discussion. You can tell who may be looking at a different Sile Lesson or webpage if they don't look up from their screen. Learn all about the Pause button here.
Use the navigation panel to jump to a specific question
On the left side of the screen is a navigation panel that lists every question in the Lesson. Each question includes a progress bar, which indicates how many students in the class have attempted the question.
Note: If you don't see progress bars, then the navigation panel is most likely minimised. Click the icon at the top of the panel to expand it.
Key questions and Challenges are marked with their respective icons. Click on a question in the navigation panel to jump directly to that question on the page. This is great if you want to discuss answers to a specific question, or if you finished the day partway through a Lesson and want to pick up where you left off. As you move through the Lesson, the navigation panel will highlight the questions that are currently visible on your screen.
Demonstrate how to answer a question
If a student is unsure about how to interact with a question, then you can help guide them by interacting with the question in Teach mode. Your answers to questions in Teach mode are not saved and your example responses in this view do not appear on your students' screens.
Note: Because answers are not saved in Teach mode, you should not use this view to create model answers. Learn how to make and edit model answers here.
Discuss answers and student responses
You might want to review responses with the Class during or after a Lesson. Each question in Teach mode is equipped with student-friendly views of their responses as well as the model answers. This allows you to get ahead of common misconceptions while your students are working, and it also allows you to highlight really great responses as well as offer constructive guidance on others.
Click the Show responses button above a question to display student responses. Polls, Multiple-choice questions, and True/False questions will show the number of student responses for each option. Clicking this button above an open-ended question will open Quick review so you can scroll through individual responses. Student responses in this view are anonymous by default.
Click the Show answer button above a question to reveal its model answer. Multiple-choice and True-False questions will display the appropriate ticks and crosses. All other questions will be highlighted in a pale yellow background and display the full model answer.
Learn more about using Teach mode effectively
Stile is so much more powerful and engaging when it's used to augment a teacher-led classroom session, as opposed to being a set-and-forget homework task. If you'd like to learn more about how to use Teach mode to deliver amazing lessons, you can register for a Professional Learning session in your nearest major city or attend virtually. Learn more about Stile PL and register here.
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