If there is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught educators all over the world, it is that education needs to find ways to adapt and coexist alongside any obstacles that arise. Remote schooling, once seen only as an option available to children living in very remote areas of countries like Australia, where a daily journey to school was simply not feasible, has become a reality everywhere. Whilst some countries have chosen to keep schools closed and make remote schooling the norm, at least for now, others are using to great effect when they need to isolate whole, or part classes due to contact with a positive case. This means that those students who are not ill but need to be off can still access their classes whilst their peers remain in the classroom.
How do you make remote schooling a reality?
One of the most important considerations when moving to remote schooling is to ensure that you use a secure cloud services provider. The safeguarding issues that surround this type of education are numerous, from teachers needing to ensure that the people they are communicating with are their students, to dress codes etc. Having a secure provider alleviates just one of the very many worries that can arise.
2.Make it simple
Learning a whole new routine and the discipline required for remote learning can be tricky for some students who initially can see it as an opportunity to not take part fully. In order to make remote schooling a reality that works well, it needs to be simple. There is a huge difference between teaching a class of 30 students face to face where you can pick up on the cues around you to teaching 30 tiny online images where it can be hard to see who is struggling. Making the content of the class and the way in which you communicate as simple as possible, whilst still being interesting is vital.
For many schools, the cost of moving to remote learning is something of an obstacle, after all school budgets can be very tight. However, here at Cloudhappi, we offer a clear and transparent per-pupil pricing structure and won’t spring any sudden costs on you. This means your remote learning provision can be achieved even on a strict budget.
The key to changing something significantly is in the planning and this is certainly true when moving education from the classroom to remote schooling. Lesson plans may need to be adapted, students’ access to the internet and equipment will need to be assessed, and specific rules put in place for everyone’s safety. Some resources used in the classroom environment may not work well for remote schooling so planning alternatives will be necessary.
This planning should also include access to resources such as worksheets and booklets. If students will need to print these, they should be sent in advance to help them prepare all the equipment they need each day.
If you’re worried that your current IT provision isn’t up to the needs of remote learners, then we could help. Here at Cloudhappi, we’d be glad to provide you with a bespoke solution for your school that fits within your needs and budget.