You don’t have to look too far to see that the world is becoming more and more digitized.
Everywhere around us, technology is adapting the way we live and the way we interact. With the current global pandemic, caused by Covid19, everyone is having to make a lot of changes in their lives. As a teacher, you might have seen first-hand the social upheaval caused by the virus. How do you keep your pupils in class if they are not allowed to sit next to each other?
Education institutions across the globe have had to rethink learning and teaching procedures and the most obvious path forward lies in our technology. Over the last 4 months, teachers have had to adapt their own teaching styles to accommodate the “new normal” and if you are also an educator then you may find something useful in the rest of this article.
Before you begin teaching online classes, you need to make sure that you have covered your own basic needs. You will need a device that can connect to the internet, and preferably, a device that has video capabilities. Most modern smartphones have all of the necessary tools to conduct classes online.
You will also need to have a relatively stable internet connection; there is nothing worse than getting halfway through a lesson and running out of data. You also need to consider the space from which you plan to deliver your lessons. Your pupils may find it distracting if your pets or children are playing in the background so consider creating a “classroom” at home. This can simply be a well-lit area where you won’t be disturbed.
How to Create and Connect Online Classes:
Firstly, you must ensure that you have at least a rudimentary understanding of computers and basic internet navigation skills.
There is a vast amount of social media platforms and forums out there and so all you really need to do is find the one that is most appropriate for you. If you want to see a list of fun and creative ways of using education online then visit refseek for a variety of resources and educational tools. There are a lot of people using Google Classroom for their online classes and it has proven to be an excellent way of communicating with pupils. Teachers can post assignments, resources, links to interesting sites, videos, articles and a wide range of other materials.
Another option would be to use social media such as YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. Research has found that creating WhatsApp groups with all of the classes allows for teachers to have instant contact with them. Obviously there must be strict rules in place to ensure the professional use of the groups but if the pupils are mature enough, it really can work to everyone’s benefit.
As a teacher, you could film yourself giving a lesson and post it to YouTube where your pupils could subscribe and watch. Facebook offers many opportunities to create groups and pages just as Instagram does. You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to teaching classes online.
A Digital Classroom:
There are many sites that offer platforms to host webinars and online classes but the most popular site I have encountered is Zoom. It allows teachers to easily host a lesson with 20 or so of your pupils and offers excellent quality in sound and video. From there, all the same rules apply to the online class as they would in a normal class.
We would not normally talk about this topic in our blog posts. We've focused on the importance of online classes and an online environment at the level of corporations, but we know how important and challenging is this, so we want to offer our full understanding of it.
This article is part of a bigger topic called: Interactive learning
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