Students can continue in education amidst coronavirus pandemic by learning lessons online. Image credit: i-to-i.com
It is no longer news that coronavirus (COVID-19) is pandemic. It has affected global education system tremendously as more than a dozen countries in the world have closed schools, disrupting teaching and learning activities and preparation and sitting for examinations.
How can education of school children and students continue? Can teachers continue teaching despite the coronavirus pandemic? How should they keep teaching if schools are closed?
The idea is not to create panic but to seek how to continue engaging with students and help them learn, irrespective of disease threat. Remember that schools in most countries are still safe places – partial and complete closures of schools in some countries were based on precautionary measures to avoid an unprecedented outbreak. It would not really be easy for children to manage situations in case of an outbreak.
1. Education of the students using online technology tools
Online technology tools like Google Classroom, Microsoft (MS) Office 365, Edpuzzle can allow the engage and teach the students remotely, assign classwork, set quizzes, mark submitted assignments, make corrections and evaluate performance. They can also check students’ attendance.
If your child is in a school that’s closed, it’s not playtime. Have a kid understand that perfectly well. In fact, it is time to reinforce and consolidate more on their study knowing that the coronavirus outbreak would eventually open the door for more future study challenges for school children and students when the break is over.
Moreover, it’s important for parents to keep an open conversation with kids as they explore coronavirus on social media and shared tips on how to manage the pandemic health hazard.
Having been grounded at home, information are shared on social media, online blogging, mass media (like through television news) on how the virus is spread, what symptoms may be like, how to avoid getting infected, prevention and control strategies, including lockdown procedure, following guidelines and advice from government health agencies, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as an update in coronavirus vaccine invention by medical experts working round the clock.
These forms of learning would provide the opportunity to develop an interest in and acquire mass communication skills – an important media literacy skill of the 21st century.
Of course, news on coronavirus outbreak will be making daily headlines in world news for the time being.
Before now, school children and many younger students are not used to listening to the news over a television or radio or through mobile phones because of lack of interest. They prefer playing video games, watching movies, playing and watching music and hanging out with friends during their leisure.
3. Forming and teaching large group of students
It has been just been ascertained in this article that the application of well-suited technology tools to deliver education to students in a virtual classroom for closed schools is part of the coronavirus outbreak management plan.
Teaching and learning can continue for schools whose teachers come down with the virus and are unable to attend school resulting in the students being placed into group relatively large compared to a normal classroom number
In that case, the instructors or teachers need to apply clear instruction approach to deliver concern and ensure that all students learn.
4. Arranging a private tutor for your children and students
Arranging a private tutor to give your children individual instruction at intervals will go a long way to keep them in touch with the units of lessons learned in school as the global battle to overcome coronavirus pandemic continues. Your kids would not experience a gap in knowledge in subject contents offered in school.
Carry out daily coronavirus test on any visitor coming to your home as a precautionary measure to avoid your family coming in contact with an infected person.