“What we do with what we have” as of the saying, we teachers made use of the technology to teach our emerging entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, philosophers and many more achievers. Present education system is a blessing for the younger generation; here the teaching learning process doesn’t get stuck due to the pandemic. An evolution in the field of education in a holistic way is made possible through digitalization. The only factor which has to be addressed is the ‘Effectiveness’, since the online education system has been adopted in nook and corner of the world, how are we going to make it more effective is the challenge to be addressed?
Benefits of Online Education System:
When we talk about the benefits of online education, there are ‘N’ number of factors that pop up into our mind, the foremost of all is the safety of the students, staying safe has become responsibility of the each and every citizen of our nation. Keeping ourselves away from the deadly diseases is mandatory to protect our nation.
The second factor is the usage of technological tools, technological tools enhances the creativity of the students and creates a curiosity to learn further, children at this age they normally shows interest to which that gives output and to which they have more possibility to explore, they tend to engage themselves way beyond and hence achievement becomes the byproduct.
The third factor is focus towards learning, a very normal attitude of the child is to focus on something which has been introduced as ‘New’, it could be a new toy or a new book, the prefix ‘new’ plays an easy role in capturing the attention of the children.
The fourth is easy to adapt to the online environment, since the students explore many more options in the online environment it has become very easy for them to get themselves adapted to the online environment, it provides wider possibilities to learn and explore.
The fifth point is of; it saves the human energy, instead of having a physical movement to school. This online environment gives them the sense of freedom to be at home and to learn and get engaged as well. Students can stay relaxed during the breaks; they can detach and attach themselves from their routines.
The strategy to make an online system effective is of wider importance, anything that has been implemented new to be monitored continuously and improvements have to be made during the course of action.
Step 1. Task tracker template: Self-evaluation task tracker template has to be designed to reiterate what has to be done as a teacher and as a student, listing of task to be done, initiation of the work, incremental progress of the work and the achievement of the same, will give clarity in the process, having good clarity over what we are up to is the power to accomplish the responsibility.
Step 2: Training : Teachers are the key players in the online mode of education hence, adequate training has to be given to the teachers in various multiple aspects like, online classroom management, engagement of students in online sessions, usage of technology tools, constant updates on the digitalization, preparation of online content, way to empathize students in online session, understanding the culture of online sessions, holistic development of students, flipped classroom sessions, teacher being a facilitator etc.
Step 3: Guidance and Support: Teachers playing lead roles in schools to act more responsibly in enriching and supporting the teachers involved in the online sessions. Teachers require more moral support and guidance while involved in the online sessions, proper backups to be planned in case of technical defaults like network failure, power failure, school managements must ensure providing good quality of technical gadgets for proper and smooth functioning of online education.
Step 4: Continuity: Teaching and learning should be a continuous process hence the teachers to be guided with proper training in a continuous manner with proper time period intervals.
Step 5: Sharing of expertise: Discussions regarding the online sessions must happen with periodic intervals, this will self-motivate and help the teachers to self-introspect themselves, this activity will enrich the thoughts of the teachers and they can learn from each other’s experiences.
Step 6: Newsletters: Newsletters normally convey the activities related to school to the parents, creation of newsletter with reference to the activities related to the online sessions, appreciation corner for students and teachers who do the tremendous task with reference to the online sessions will trigger and motivate the children as well as the teachers to do the best. Publication of work of the student will comfort the parent with the sense of being chosen as the right environment for their children. Spreading awareness in and around the school environment and the methodology of education will gives a sense of pride to the teachers. Making people love their choice of work will yield more prosperity.
Step 7 Communication: Communication in online sessions are crucial, teachers should possess patience in repeating and reiterating the concepts taught, hence the students who are in an emerging learners can cope up, team activities can be conducted during the online sessions for maximum participation and involvement of the students rather than an individual activities. For example conduction of team quiz through the application quizziz, usage of wakelet, padlet and flipgrid for sharing the knowledge will enhance the students’ ideologies and also motivates them to be participative.
Step 8: Connection with the right minded people: Connecting with the global teachers through various multiple platforms available in online will help us to grow and learn further in the areas of digitalization, learning should be a continuous activity when it comes to technology, teaching through technology and connecting with the world student community will make tremendous changes in the online education system. Initially the connections may happen in the arithmetic progression but future it may definitely happen in geometric progression, “Where our time goes, there our future comes”, let’s start connecting with the world.
Step 9: Process is important and not the result: It’s only the process of what we tries to do for the given task is more important than the output, it’s not necessary that we need to win over and achieve, the effort which we are putting in, involvement towards the task and loving the nature of the work are the important factors to be considered. Let’s get involved in our work with much love and let it give us unexpected results.
Step 10: Teacher as a facilitator: Teachers at times must play the role of the facilitator instead of teaching the concepts throughout the given duration, this helps the students, not only to recollect the concepts but also it provides them the sense of educating someone in the classroom environment, the bond between the students will develop and moreover they get inspired and from each other. Teaching, learning and growing together is the right of imparting the knowledge to the children.
“It is a moral responsibility of each and every citizen to be safe and secure”. Thus the online education system plays major role in the day to day life of the children in educating, training, exploring and creating responsibility in the young minds with safe learning ensured.