Yesterday, I had an engaging dialogue with one of my former colleagues on how our teaching philosophies are now shaping in a virtual learning environment. Interestingly, she shared some of her critical classroom incidents where students unwilling to open their cameras, keep themselves muted throughout the class and even does not appear in later classes. Most of the time, she felt there is no one in the class as most students keep themselves muted, only a handful of students shared and participates in the lesson. She confessed that sometimes she was discouraged. Although she knew where she needed to go, but she couldn’t see how to get there. Listening to my colleague’s concerns gives me a sense of what kind of stress teachers are going through globally to facilitate students’ learning during this devastating situation. However, this conversation also makes me reflect, are we still following the same pre-covid teaching philosophy in planning our lessons? Continue reading “Do We Need to Re-examine Our Teaching Philosophy During This Pandemic?”
Worldwide schools are now using Zoom and other virtual learning platforms since the outbreak of corona pandemic, making it possible through video conferencing features for teachers and students to continue their learning journey. However, in recent past, these virtual platforms had faced some serious security threats where hackers were able to sneak into a zoom conference call and breach privacy. It is an excellent time to remind educators about the best ways to prevent unwanted visitors from disrupting your virtual classroom and for protecting your students’ privacy.
Anne Keehn, from Zoom blog, recently discussed these features in one of her blog posts. Following are some ways through which teachers can secure virtual classroom experience. Continue reading “Zoom World: How to Secure Your Virtual Classroom and Enhance Student Engagement”
It has been six months since we confined to our homes due to the pandemic outbreak. Students are one of the victims of this pandemic where they forced to continue their studies on an online platform. On the other hand, educational institutes which were not ready and fully equipped to deal with this challenge bombarded the teachers to start planning for the virtual lessons. Resulting in both educators and students embarked upon an ‘error and trial’ based journey where both the riders were soon faced many technological and infrastructural hurdles.
First of all, teaching in Zoom or Meet is a whole different game than the four-walled classroom teaching. Students sometimes get confused and need details elaborations of the class tasks and activities. According to 3plearning, following are some of the challenges that both teacher and students faced in a virtual platform. Continue reading “How Frustrating Is for Kids to Perform in a Virtual Classroom?”
In the outbreak of a contagious pandemic, online teaching and learning become the significant educational need of the time. To reduce social contact and the spread of Covid-19, education facilities around the world are moving their instruction online. However, this drastic change also brings new challenges for academia and teaching at large. The teaching in a virtual environment is way different than a four-walled classroom teaching. Collaborative and kinaesthetic activities that teachers usually include in their lesson plans do not work in a virtual classroom. According to a survey made in March 2020 by UIO, about 74% of teachers finds that the overall transition from traditional teaching to digitization is difficult or tough due to several challenges. The top among the list is technological challenges that include digital overload, pedagogical insecurity and learning new educational technologies. Continue reading “11 Interactive Tools for Teaching in Virtual Learning Environment”
Recently, many teachers and colleagues asked me about the best Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platforms that are presently available for us to connect with our students. Since the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic, many schools and educational institutes are shifted to distant learning and technology suddenly become the only source of connectivity between teachers and students. Likewise, considering the need of the time, many VLE provider starts making necessary changes in the online modular platform and making it more user friendly. However, not every VLE platform can provide 100% classroom Learning Management System (LMS) solution. I already wrote an article that discusses some of these platforms that can be used to teach students remotely.
However, in this article, I am going to discuss one of the VLE/LMS platforms, if planned and implemented cohesively, can provide maximum learning and teaching solutions to teachers.
Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. Initially, the primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. However, Google for Education has included several new features in the Google Classroom platform, including the function of Google Meet to interact with students in real-time in web conference mode.
This makes Google Classroom a unique platform compares to other products available like Piazza, Canvas or blackboard etc. This following guide will show you how to set up a Google Classroom in a matter of minutes and perform the main tasks.