Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, online classes have become a real challenge for many parents. The combination of remote work, homework, and responsibility for children’s learning is exhausting. At the same time, online school education is not possible without parental child support.
Let’s look at this problem from a different perspective. Online school education is a way to connect with your child. Turn routine responsibilities into an interesting adventure!
Start with order. Chaos became the biggest problem for children at the beginning of the pandemic. Most schools and teachers were, quite understandably, simply not ready for online education. Everyone was confused by a large amount of educational software for kids and everyone was making it up as they went along.
Most schools have since decided on a basic online platform for educating children during long-term quarantine. Free online courses and useful information on YouTube Kids, did however make life much easier for teachers and parents.
Let’s look in more detail at some cool online platforms that children like.
- Khan Academy is a handy resource for primary schools. Here children can study such subjects as science, mathematics, geography, and many other interesting things. Online classes are made for different ages, so it will be easy for you to help your child learn. Teachers and parents can monitor the child’s progress and get involved as needed.
- Duolingo is one of the best platforms for learning foreign languages. Online courses are designed specifically for children, so they are happy to learn languages from Duolingo. The platform has many advantages: a large selection of languages, a simple interface, interactive chats for communication. My daughter used this during lockdown to learn German and has continued this daily since.
- Remind is software for organising the work of schoolchildren, teachers, online school administrators, and parents. The product simplifies communication and allows you to easily monitor the child’s learning process. Successful organisation of the online learning process is an important part of child support.
- SoloLearn is an ideal platform for future programmers. Students can study Java, Python, C ++ in online classes. Children like a clear interface and a playful approach to learning programming languages. If your kids are interested in IT education, tell them about this platform.
- Oxford Owl. The owl is a handy resource for teaching children. Here you will find everything from the first numbers to complex math tasks, from studying sounds to a library of children’s books, from spelling to creative writing. It is a platform for child support and assistance to teachers.
- Google Classroom. Students and teachers of many schools became accustomed to this resource during distance learning. Parents can also get involved to see their child’s progress and help the young student with their support.
This list could go on and on. Digital libraries around the world are open to young readers and their parents. If your child is interested in science classes, you can suggest appropriate resources. To improve your language skills, offer your child fun online courses. If you are interested in how to draw for kids, then you will find such resources. There are many options, choose the best for you and your child.
Teaching online classes for kids is a very difficult task. The methods that everyone is used to in the physical audience do not work here. If you find yourself on the other side of the screen, choose new teaching methods.
Here are some professional tips to help you work effectively online.
Each lesson you teach can be recorded using a screen recorder for PC. This allows educational institutions to control the quality of online education. Teachers should be neat, friendly, and work-oriented. Remember that a lesson is not a pyjama party. Students and parents also appreciate your appearance. Look in front of the camera like in a live lesson.
Don’t forget your voice and gestures as well. Speak clearly, encourage kids with nods, and be active with body language.
If you teach from home, it can be harder to create a good backdrop, or even find a quiet space. Create the appropriate background where possible – posters, maps, pictures. Anything suitable for the walls of the classroom will do. It is important to pick lighting and a microphone. No matter how hard you try, a dark image or a horrible sound will ruin your online classes.
If you have information about the characteristics of your students, then teaching becomes easier. Knowing the interests and hobbies of kids, you will pick up additional educational games. Children feel a genuine personal interest, even in online education.
Kids learn simple things. As you prepare for the lesson, look around. Fruit in a basket can be the same prop. If your pet suddenly comes to the online lesson, success is guaranteed! Do not be surprised if, in addition to positive feedback, you also receive a photo taken with the help of Bandicam.
The process of online education is full of surprises. These can be problems with the Internet, power outages, various force majeure. Backups and screenshots will help to restore the lesson from the place where this happens. Something like Screencast-o-Matic can be installed on a PC in advance. Make notes for feedback to students.
The role of teachers and parents in online kids’ education is very important. By joining forces, adults can turn this process into an exciting game.
Online education is the future. Look at this experience as a new opportunity for your child. The main thing is not to forget about supporting your child.
We are living in a tie of immense change. Get involved so that these are changes for the better in your child’s life.