Recently I saw a video, where a kid was praying to God to delete 2020 and re-install it as it had a bug or a virus.
Well, jokes apart, it is a fact that the World in 2020 has been struck by Covid -19 the Coronavirus. It is proving to be fatal for many and is a pandemic for sure.
While every sphere of human life has been affected by Corona, Education or Classes have had the worst effect. Schools across the Globe are now closed for over 40 days. The students are losing precious learning time and parents are losing patience.
Online Classes might have been an option earlier, but under the above circumstances of the Corona effect, Online Class is the only choice to ensure uninterrupted education for the students.
It is rightly said, necessity is the mother of all inventions, but under the present circumstances, I would say innovation is the order of the day when it comes to conducting online classes.
If you are planning to conduct online classes, it is important that as a provider you need to make sure, while your process is easy and adaptable, your content matches the syllabus of the particular class that you intend to teach.
The greatest challenge is when you decide to provide live online classes for the Pre-primary students.
The challenge, in this case, is 3- dimensional:
- Session should be very interesting so that you can keep the kids glued to the monitor.
- It should match the academic needs of that particular class, starting from Nursery, LKG, UKG, Standard I to Std. II.
- It is not only about the students, but it is about satisfying their parents, you are going to be judged by them because they are for sure going to attend your lectures.
So, how do you meet these challenges and emerge successfully, you will have to take care of the following points:
1. Quality of Software:
- It should be easy to download and access.
- Should be easy to operate/use.
- It should have separate options for:
a. Delivering live lectures
b. Sharing pre-loaded videos
c. Sharing documents like PPT, Pictures, Tables, JPG, PDF, etc.
d. Assigning Homework
e. To ask selective questions from students
f. For students to raise their queries
g. To conduct tests
h. To maintain a record of marks obtained
i. To record the session for repeat viewing
j. For sending messages and notifications to students
2. Quality of Lectures:
a. Teacher must be well prepared to deliver the lectures with the least fumbles.
b. Session should be interactive and participative for the students at regular intervals.
c. Lectures should not have too many or long pauses or blank moments.
3. Quality of Content:
a. Content should be according to the syllabus of the particular class, nothing less nothing more.
b. A lecture of 40 minutes should not have more than 10 minutes of monologues.
c. Videos should be the major portion of the 40 minutes session, say at least 20 minutes.
d. Practical activities to be performed on the day and also as assignments must involve at least 10 minutes of the session.
All the above is important because:-
a. It is a virtual class where you are not actually present in front of the students.
b. You are not aware how many students are actually understanding every bit of your session
c. Kids have a very short attention span; hence all segments lectures, videos, activities must be of short sessions of 2 minutes to 3 minutes each.
If you really want to have a very effective Online Class that teaches the students and also satisfies the Parents, and matches the syllabus of the Pre- Primary students assuring that the students remain glued to their screen, especially in these difficult times of Corona Pandemic, you must be prepared to address the challenges as discussed above.
Ensuring our student’s learning continues despite challenges, introducing Mastermind School Online Classes – an online alternative to the classroom for teaching students and engaging with parents.
We are making all efforts to ensure that students’ learning continues despite the challenging times.
For details, contact 08109055113.
How to take effective virtual classes without books
Taking online classes, without books is certainly possible. It will require some preparations from the teachers point of view.
- Decide a topic.
- Decide the concept to be discussed.
- Prepare to make presentations through - Flash cards, Posts, videos
Infact online classes with books tend to become boring, but if you use other resources you are most likely to keep the interest of the student high. They would remain glued to the screen if the resources are used with proper and engaging explanations.
The success will all depend on how interactive the teacher is able to make the session.
Very apt topic in the era of Covid-19
Easy to say than done..
This is from teachers as well as parents perspective. The important thing lacking in the online class is the cordial environment,
Not only teachers, parents are equally putting efforts to keep the kid surrounded, and occupied with captive learning, but failing miserably when kid is unable to pay attention to a mobile screen ro learn such intense topics.
Breath easy, give some space to kids and teachers, everything shall fall in place sooner or later.
It's really amazing and praiseworthy as Mastermind team is really putting efforts for the kids.
So that they should be engaged and have some interactive and interesting time with their mentors.
This is very good step during this lockdown , but some problems are there like , your application not working properly and not understanding kids properly.
Is it possible to change the time of session because in afternoon energy level of children is not so good so it's request you to please schedule the session in the morning