Resources for Getting Started with Online Classes

You’ll find links below to resources that will help your program get started with online classes. Most of the resources are relevant only to Zoom and were developed by Intercambio’s program staff for use in our local program. While there are many online learning platforms available, based on numerous conversations with national partners and our own local program’s use, we have have found Zoom to be the most effective online learning platform when considering cost and functionality.

For best use, we recommend that teachers use the desktop or laptop version of Zoom accessible directly on the Zoom website. Students will need to download the Zoom app on their smart phone or tablet, or to connect through a laptop with a video and microphone.

Some other options for video conferencing that teachers have found helpful include WhatsApp, FaceTime (Apple products), Facebook Messenger and Skype. If nothing else, a weekly phone conversation or check-in with your students could also be beneficial in helping you both feel connected and for them to continue to practice their English while in-person classes are suspended.

Best Practices for Online Classes Using Zoom for Online Classes–an Overview for Teachers Using Zoom for Online Classes–an Overview for Students Zoom Video Tutorials for Students (available in Spanish and English) Using the Polling Feature in Zoom

If your program is using the Confidence and Connections series for online classes, we recommend purchasing access to the student book digital view in addition to hard copy student books. One digital view access is needed per course.

Additional Resources

These additional resources from partner organizations provide additional information and tips on successfully implementing online classes.