With school districts worldwide redesigning due to COVID-19, modern classrooms have started taking a new approach to imparting wisdom and knowledge to the upcoming generation. At MISD, traditional classroom teaching techniques are making way to a new system of blended learning. Our teachers embrace this new classroom style and reap the benefits of having their old methods enhanced with this further use of technology. But most of all, it’s our students who have benefitted from this unique approach to learning. Keep reading as we provide key reasons why a blended learning approach is boosting achievement in our schools.
All students are unique in their own way, especially in how they learn and retain material. Some grasp concepts quickly, whereas some students may require more time on a certain subject. Supplementing the classroom as a hybrid and introducing e-learning allows the students to learn at their own pace.
Students can find time outside classroom instruction to go through difficult concepts or other areas that may be more challenging for them. They can also get individualized support from an online teacher, which is especially important for those who are shy to ask questions or raise their hand in the classroom.
Classroom teaching can sometimes restrict immediate feedback. Teachers are expected to teach, give assignments, and go through the work done by students, which can be time-consuming, especially with large classroom sizes.
Blended learning allows students to do quizzes and tests online and attain immediate feedback through auto mark features available on online platforms. Implementing eLearning also saves time for teachers who can instead make more time for students in a smaller classroom or through one-on-one interactions.
Varied Modes of Learning
Again, students learn in different ways. Some do well with classroom instruction, whereas others require more stimulation to learn. eLearning platforms provide students with pictures, videos, podcasts, and games, which are able to appeal to all senses.
Online platforms are also essential for learning more abstract concepts like math and science. Through such mediums, the learning process becomes fun and engaging to the students while also creating and maintaining students’ interest in the subjects.
The use of technology by younger learners will require supervision by parents. In any way, a parent is a significant component in the learning process. Technology allows parents to participate in the learning process by offering guidance and support on the home front.
As a parent, you’ll be able to communicate with teachers about your child’s progress in real-time. Any incidences at home or school can be shared between you and the teacher to ensure your child’s well-being and progress. If you are a parent, you can also take this current situation as a time to interact with your child and understand their primary learning style.
Attainment of Future Work Skills
In-person and online learning requires one to inculcate certain life skills that will be useful in the future. Students will experience what it’s like to practice self-discipline, time management, multitasking, and much more.
In a digital era, students need to acquire strong online skills. Sending emails, creating presentations, and interacting with online platforms are essential skills nurtured through technology use exposure. These are essential in the 21st century and will prepare the students for future work in whichever career they choose to pursue.
While changing traditional learning norms can be challenging, the new blended learning experience has many advantageous qualities. As a parent, you will be more involved in your child’s learning process and, therefore, understand their strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to guide them in the right direction. Likewise, teachers can save time that can be used to work on students’ weak areas and enhance learning approaches in the classroom.
Let’s look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and embrace blended learning in schools and at home as we prepare our students for success now and in the future.