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Online and offline: practical techniques that are equally effective in different learning formats

Online and offline: practical techniques that are equally effective in different learning formats

How to adapt the usual methods of working with students to new learning conditions

This year’s new wave of the pandemic is another challenge for school education. Unfortunately, the usual methods of work that are effective for the classroom system, can not be fully transferred to the format of distance learning. After all, in order to keep children’s attention in front of the screen, it is necessary to conduct the lesson so that it is based on active learning, with minimal “reading” of the material.

Looking for interesting tricks that will be effective and at the same time adaptable for the online learning format? We have some ideas that will be useful to every teacher!

Inverted class reception

Its meaning is that students develop theoretical information on the topic independently, and in the lesson there is an acquisition of practical skills in the content of the acquired material.

This method of teaching has significant advantages:

  • During the lesson, the teacher does not spend time explaining the theory, which students themselves can read in the textbook, as well as watch a short educational video lecture, which was advised by the teacher.
  • Students master the material at any time and at their own pace. No student is behind the class, even if he was not present at the lesson.
  • During the lesson there is no “reading” of the material, but immediately explanation of unclear points and consolidation of knowledge during practical tasks.

How to use during a distance lesson:

Prepare in advance for students links to educational video lectures, which they can view on the content of educational material. You will definitely website or special thematic YouTube channels for schoolchildren useful.

During the online conference, you can conduct surveys, brainstorm, and organize training in simulation games. All these tools, thanks to the process of active learning, contribute to the understanding of knowledge.

Reception “Quest”

This is an intellectual game in which students have to solve a series of puzzles related to a common plot as soon as possible. To do this, it is necessary to involve all the knowledge on the topic of study.


This format of the lesson will be extremely popular with students and will be an effective method for understanding theoretical knowledge. You can be inspired by the ideas of tasks for an exciting quest in our separate material.

How to use during a distance lesson:

Thanks to the fruitful work of our specialists, you can use an extremely interesting tool for creating web quests, which has no analogues.

All-Education webquests allow each teacher to create their own exciting educational games for their students for free, as well as use the work of colleagues.

So far, 60 different bright templates have been added, by choosing any of them, you can create your own themed game for students of any class within any discipline.

To make it easier for you to master the principle of the web service, read the step-by-step instructions for creating web quests.

Reception “Poster of Thoughts”

Its meaning is that during teamwork, each group of students exchanges ideas exclusively in writing on a common work surface (for example, a board or a single large format sheet).

You can choose the historical date, term, chemical formula, physical process – anything. Students’ task is to analyze the material (for example, to choose associations, structure, draw analogies, etc.).

How to use during a distance lesson:

Use the free Google Jamboard tool to help students work together on the same desktop in real time. This is an interactive online board that you can use during distance learning lessons in Zoom or Google Meet.

Reception “Poll”

This is the easiest and fastest way to test students’ knowledge. It can be conducted both in the usual “question / answer” format and in the format of a game-competition.

You can get acquainted with ten ideas for conducting a regular survey in our separate material.

Reception “Educational game”

This technique allows you to conduct a lesson in a relaxed format, while achieving an educational goal. Thanks to such games, students learn to work in a team, apply the acquired knowledge to achieve victory, develop intelligence and creative thinking. This is a great method for generalizing the topic, in the process of which students can realize the value of acquired knowledge.


By following the link, you can get acquainted with a large number of thematic educational games that will be useful in lessons of mathematics, history, literature, foreign and native languages, as well as other disciplines.

How to use during a distance lesson:

Currently, not only English-language but also other-language educational platforms with interesting and, most importantly, free educational games for schoolchildren of all ages can be found on the Internet.

There are free language platforms for middle and high school students, which will be useful in studying physics, chemistry, biology, foreign language and mathematics. These are simulation games in which you can experiment and simulate different life situations.

In addition, the study of any learning topic can be moved to the environment of the online role-playing game Class craft.

In this way, you can motivate students not only to learn, but also not to be late and maintain discipline in class. After all, for their knowledge, initiative and behavior, they will receive points in each lesson, the number of which depends on the victory of the team.

Interesting, dynamic and useful lessons – everyone’s dream! By choosing the right tricks and online resources, you can easily conduct exciting lessons, whether in class or online.