The coronavirus crisis of 2019-2020 has badly stricken schools and educators across the world. Truth be told, we were completely unprepared for what was expecting us, and the transition to online education didn’t go that smooth.
Nevertheless, the learning community worldwide did it! They overcame the challenges they faced a year ago and turned online education into a most effective way of learning and gaining new skills. Students from every corner of the planet, from future medical workers to pilots, harness technologies to become better professionals and learn about the world from the comfort of their homes.
However, it’s just a matter of time when we come back to traditional classroom studies and it is important to preserve and apply what we’ve accomplished by now. Only by integrating the benefits of online education into the traditional classroom experience, it can be a step forward to better learning.
This said, let’s figure out how you can embed technology for your classroom lessons tomorrow.
It’s not that online courses appeared just yesterday but they did gain a new meaning throughout this year. From short skill-boosting lessons to complete comprehensive higher education courses, today they can be used to earn a degree, stimulate a career, or reskill for a completely new career path.
Teachers are rather guides than walking encyclopedias, and this is the benefit we should transfer to our future classroom learning. Rather than echoing the material of the textbook, have your students complete an online course to use this face-to-face classroom time for discussions, teamwork, games, and social interaction. Information is always learned better through implementation, so why wasting this time on a teacher’s solo performance?
Virtual Classrooms for Missing Learners
It’s always unfair when some stupid cold has you down for a week and you can’t understand the subject. Or your classmates tell you about this amazing assignment the teacher came up with while you were absent. Why students have to miss so many fun and important moments when a virtual classroom can solve this problem?
A teacher would just need to install a camera in the class and record the lesson. Missing students will then be able to download it from the internet or watch it online and be present in the class even while they are gone.
Remember when the weight from your textbooks made you crook in half? Thank goodness, those times are long gone. Don’t get it wrong – paper books are amazing but not when your back hurts and suffers.
Cloud storage is the 21st -century response to heavy bags and broken backs. With so many storage options on the internet, it’s just a matter of your personal preferences as to which one your want to apply in your classrooms.
However, no educator will ever get tired of singing praises to Google products. Here you have the Drive to share learning materials, Docs to verify your students’ assignments and leave your teacher’s feedback, or the entire Google Classroom to build a learning community online. Professors may continue complaining about websites that write essays for you, or they can come up with a more creative writing assignment that would discourage students from cheating – like one essay for a group of students or the entire class. Perfect inspiration for collaboration and teamwork and students could be using Google Docs’ function of real-time online editing to complete this task.
Children love games, and it might be the reason why they are the fastest learners. Why not applying this boon to classroom studies?
Everyone loves adventures and quests, and therefore, one of the most favorite games among all ages is a scavenger hunt. You can apply it for learning history facts, solving math riddles, or distributing science projects. All you need to do is to use a free QR code generator to spread them around the class and have your students install QR code readers. And no need to take their precious devices off – just channel their efforts right.
Technical literacy is in high demand in the modern job market. How great would it be if students could gain these skills naturally while completing other school assignments? By encouraging students to use PowerPoint presentations, video compilation software, and visual content creation tools, teachers can help them prepare for their future careers and have a competitive edge over other candidates.
Chat Rooms for Discussions
A problem shared is a problem halved. By supporting chat rooms, not only do teachers give their students a huge leg-up with their assignments, but also help them train teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.
VR equipment may be too expensive yet but this is by far the most incredible way to learn things. Here you are piloting an airplane, there you have a tour through the human body, and next, you are setting the foot on the Moon without even wearing a protective suit.
With VR tools under their belt, students can have the luxury of learning and doing things that otherwise would have been dangerous or even impossible. For example, even now surgeons can perfect their skills without actually cutting a human body open. Pilots can spend hours of flying without the risk of losing control with people aboard. Or engineers can afford thousands of failures before they come up with a reliable project of the bridge – without getting real people injured or killed.
Moreover, using VR in the classroom can help students with special needs to adjust to daily-life circumstances. Kids with the autistic syndrome may feel intimidated when they are forced to interact with new people in an unknown environment. However, with VR at their disposal, they learn to understand the emotions and actions of others and then apply these skills in real-life situations.
Clearly, there is a long road before VR will be available for every student in every classroom. However, it is definitely something every school should strive for.