Education and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic poses significant challenges for teachers, students and parents.
Technology is playing a bigger role in education than ever before, as many students, from kindergarten to college, adapt to a hybrid schedule of being in the classroom one day and studying in front of their home computer the other. I will.
Education and technology experts participated in the Schneps Media webinar “Pandemic Education: How to Make the Most of Bad Situations” on January 12th. The panelist was Eudes Budhai. Superintendent of Westbury School. Tom Franson, Vice President of Support Services for Custom Computer Specialists. Dr. Joan Neehall, a clinical psychologist, and David Zimbler, principal of Westbury High School.
“From the time we started until now, we have made major adjustments to better understand this transition, and how it actually moves us to the next generation for our children.” Said Budai.
Teachers had to quickly learn new technologies to effectively teach students in the spring, and in the fall they had to adapt to teach students directly and at the same time through zoom.
“I think it took a couple of months for many teachers to feel that they could teach this way effectively,” said Zimbler.
Parents also had to learn techniques to help their children at home, Zimbler said. Westbury Schools has provided adults with a workshop to participate in this new world of virtual education. Every student has a Chromebook, and a pandemic is pushing the school district into the future.
“Before the pandemic, I sincerely believe that this will be the future of education,” he said. “We are creating these conditions that I believe will benefit our youth in the next few years. Now we will never return.”
Franson, the company’s digital learning support service, said he and his team helped with issues with Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, and other online platforms, video, audio, and WiFi connectivity issues. He said he often troubleshoots.
“We can reduce that responsibility and focus our teachers on teaching, and then tackle the technical problem of connecting the child back to the classroom,” he said.
Knee Hall advised parents and students to deal with all these changes in their daily lives, starting by creating structures for their children and modeling their positive attitudes towards the situation.
She also suggested having the children set their goals each morning, designating a dedicated school area in the house to keep them from distracting, and engaging in physical activity.
“While learning online, you need to get up,” she said. “Give the children frequent breaks. Get up and move.”
View the record of this webinar here..