Covid 19 has broken out loose, and it is creating havoc in everyone’s life. Now that India is under complete lockdown stage, it must be tough for everyone to manage his or her routine work at home. As you are given full remote access to your company and working usually, kids at your house are apparently in loss of their precious academic classes. Kids are worst affected because of aggravated boredom and listlessness.
Some parents utilize this time to step up and seek innovative ways to engage their kids that they seldom do on average days. Apart from the creative engagements, the longer days of confinement is demanding the necessity of academic learning as well. Many innovative school solutions in India have come up with an online platform to share their courses online. The article tours you through various ways of online learning that can be implemented using technology.
Top ways to support your kid’s education remotely
Though converting your kid’s education into a completely virtual environment can be challenging, it is far better than doing nothing. If your kid’s school is already using a digital platform, then it is a matter of time to get the parents and kids to engage with it. But as you already know, India’s lion share of education is delivered in a traditional method; you may have to rely on various technological means to conduct learning.
This article will take you through some of the practical and operational tips for instructing and engaging students.
1. Centralized communication
A centralized communication will be helpful for the schools to update information regarding the academic updates. If your school is already using learning platforms and a customized curriculum for the school is already in place, then the courses can be continued without further delay. But if a system is not in place, the schools can consider online tools like Google classrooms or Padlet. The learning platforms are, in fact, smart solutions for schools. They can do the following: Send emails informing the parents to visit platforms for updated academics that include a schedule of assignments, teacher contacts, and availability.Test messaging tools to send quick interactive messages to everyone.
2. Engaging in discussions
Tutors can arrange for texts, podcasts or videos related to the class and later engage the students for learning activities like group or one-on-one consultations. Teacher Tube, Newsela, brain pop, Khan’s Academy, and Smithsonian learning lab are few education websites that share a whole range of informative videos and podcasts, which can be used as a reference for learning.
3. Create your own videos
Record your lessons and share it via email or URL. Students can feel even more connected if they watch their favorite tutor delivering lessons. Voiceover and recording functions in presentation software, screen and recording tools like Loom, web conferencing applications like Zoom or Adobe Connect can help you in sharing the recordings and be connected with the students.
Engage students in weekly discussion on given questions through a forum. Ensure that commenting norms and regulations are shared beforehand to the students. This can significantly enhance the learning and engage the students in a healthy classroom like environment.
If you depend on the smart solutions in India, ensure that weekly evaluations, quizzes, and assignments are appropriately shared. In case you are not using a collaborative platform, send the tasks over emails or chats.
6. Support and Feedback
Utilize web conferencing platforms or phones to reach out to the students who need assistance. Ask the students about the efficiency of learning materials provided and what made the classes more engaging and interactive. Feedbacks are critical in remote education to enhance the learning process.
Calamities or not, engaging the students online is the way of the future. Schools must mandatorily include online learning platforms in the curriculum and device a customized curriculum for the schools. Covid 19 has shown us meaningful learning amidst the misfortune. Be safe inside your homes for now and let us fight against the disease together.