Over 1,000 teachers live from the Philippines


About a week ago, the Philippines eLearing Society invited me to run a webinar for them about effective online teaching for their members. They asked if I could run the event on Friday 8th May at 10AM their time. After a little bit of re-organising of my schedule for that day, I agreed and was planning to run it via my BlueJeans online conference tool which handles up to 200 participants at a time.

They suggested that they may be an issue because there could be up to 2000 teachers interested in joining this session. After I picked myself up from the floor, I agreed to use their Microsoft Teams Events system whoch would handle those sort of numbers.

With so many potential connections, anything could go wrong technically so I decided to create a series of short videos for the participants to stream on their devices and then do Q&A in between each video. This would be a practical example of both synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning that I could model for them. Adding the wonderful How do you do online teaching clip made by Adobe Education Leader and TAFE QLD educators Kev Lavery into the mix, I had a good 1hr webinar in place.

During the dry run, I was told that 4000 teachers had registered to get access to the recording but because it was a teaching day there would be a considerable drop off.

We ended up with 1,059 teachers live, it was the largest online audience I have ever worked with.

Below are the videos I prepared for this event.

Chapter 1

Key concepts:

  • COVID-19 disruptions forcing a needed change
  • Synchronous online teaching
  • Students as moderators
  • Features of a good synchronous tool
  • Asynchronous online teaching
  • Using an LMS

Chapter 2

Key concepts:

  • Open webcams at the start of a synchronous session
  • Mute mics
  • Record short segment
  • Some unit & school avoid synchronous sessions
  • Q&A & polls
  • Flipped Learning
  • Blooms Taxonomy
  • Seymour Papert
  • Plug into network
  • Use headset
  • Look at your webcam
  • Light behind or to the side of camera
  • Second device for monitoring

Chapter 3

Key concepts

  • Blended learning
  • Open mind set vs closed mind set
  • Video as a literacy
  • Spark Video
  • Premiere Rush
  • Premiere Pro
  • Teacher making their own content

Chapter 4

Kev Lavery’s video  – How do you do online learning?

  • Work smarter not harder
  • Look at the camera
  • Pre-record your own session (10 min max)
  • Divide long presentations into shorter chapters
  • Stream video content from YouTube or Vimeo
  • Use your LMS
  • Use a Spark Page within your LMS
  • Follow an online news format
  • Avoid lots of text
  • Follow copyright
  • Use royalty free images

Chapter 5



I hope you find these helpful.