Virtual education: Technology learning should not be taken for granted

Since the onset of the Kovid-19 epidemic, in March 2020, various distance learning methods have been introduced in the country. The two main modes that emerge are synchronous virtual learning (live, on-screen) and asynchronous virtual learning (the teacher records his lessons in advance and can be viewed at any time, or so it gives homework and homework a learning platform).

So teachers had to review their teaching methods and adapt to online learning in a matter of days. LawEducation Endowment FoundationA foundation, funded by the English Ministry of Education, has synthesized meta-analysis (synthesis of experimental research) to formulate educational recommendations to guide distance learning.

Basically, they say, the methods that work in face-to-face mode need to be transferred to virtual mode. And teachers should not be overwhelmed by technology.

We are a team of researchers in school education, particularly interested in literacy, academic and social orientation and teaching-learning dynamics. Why be interested in this when the epidemic is declining and students are going to school? Because in our opinion, it is important to take stock of the past two years and document for the future.

Manage your classes

During synchronous virtual teaching, it is very easy to lose control of the class without effective behavioral management such as face-to-face behavior. So it is important to identify the expected behaviors (turn off your microphone, raise your virtual hand to speak to you, do not interrupt on the floor) and show students exactly what is expected, which is called “modeling” in jargon. .

Students then practice the desired behaviors under the supervision of the teacher, who confirms their response. Improper behavior that compromises teaching and learning cannot be tolerated, but some can be illustrated by the teacher with humor and counter examples to prevent their occurrence. When students adopt expected behaviors, and virtual classroom management works well, it is possible to teach content.

Since March 2020, teachers have had to review their teaching methods.
(Isabel Carriganan), Contributed by the author

In the context of online learning, modeling can take even longer. It is not always possible to see what students are writing, so it is important to ask questions to understand how they work and to test their learning. Therefore, it is advisable to explain and reinterpret.

An inadequate platform

Google Classroom A free learning platform used by schools to create activities digitally. This platform is interesting for integrating educational elements, but not essential for real-time teaching, synchronously. Too often, logistics are spent on teaching, which wastes teaching time.

For example, parents were interviewed as part of a study on virtual and face-to-face learning during the epidemic, which we conducted.And How to get a document in the early years Classroom. When a parent suggested that the document be projected onto the screen in presentation mode, instead of having their own documents on each student’s computer, their response was: “I want kids to learn how to bring documents from me.” Classroom

But what has been learned here? No! At this age, students do not necessarily know how to navigate different platforms. Teachers don’t even know which tabs are open on students’ computers and each teacher has their own way of using the platform. Moreover its use Google Classroom Far from intuitive for students and parents.

Returning to the primary level

Teaching online doesn’t mean we have to use technology at any cost. Sometimes it’s interesting, sometimes less so. Share a video on screen Just dance On YouTube, this is relevant for a physical education class. The children move and have fun while dancing to different songs.

Otherwise, an easy way to maintain control – or restore it – is to use a removable whiteboard, paper workbook, or printable sheets. Paper-and-pencil activities work great with students, parents, and teachers. Students already know the book of their activity and they will not face any technical problem.

Asking students to take notebooks is much easier 1, 2, 3 সাথে with nougat Rather than telling them to go math Google Classroom Finding an XYZ document is a subsection of another subdivision where different possibilities for opening it are displayed. For parents, answering their children’s questions through paper-based activity books is also easier এবং and much less stressful. They then feel more efficient and more confident in helping their children learn. Documents on Google Classroom (Which is basically empty since the teacher builds the platform according to his plan) or any other learning platform such as Zorbit Or in mathematics Boukili Rather useful for reading, doing homework, or reviewing things you see at school during the day.

When students do synchronous virtual school, teaching time is a valuable platform to spend on learning. Priority remains on teaching and learning.

Learning about any web platform should have been done privately with the students in the classroom, so that the teacher could confirm their understanding before the virtual teaching. To avoid wasting time and maximizing learning opportunities, we need to avoid using technology at any cost. To achieve this, the use of simple methods can facilitate the implementation of more effective education that children need so much! Why make it easier when it can be complicated?

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