In the last nine months, remote learning has become a new reality for many teachers and pupils alike. Towards the end of the first lockdown when classes went online, many schools tried to offer lessons that suited the curriculum but were delivered in a way that was easy for students to access, particularly in those homes where access to technology was difficult.
For some children, remote learning was difficult, with other siblings also trying to learn from home, younger siblings disrupting and of course a lack of technology available; whether this was as a result of parents working from home or simply not having enough devices for everyone to study with at the same time.
Once it became clear that pupils would lose a good few months of their learning due to the pandemic local authorities and schools were able to formulate better short-term plans to help. In some instances this meant lending devices to some families, changing the way they offered remote learning so that worksheets could be downloaded and completed and in many cases not doing lessons in real time, which ended up forcing some families to choose which child accessed online classes.
Fast forward to September and the physical return of pupils to the classrooms. Teachers, and those involved in education, realised that once children began self-isolating there could be further issues. Children self-isolating waiting for test results or whilst a family member would be unable to access lessons physically so remote learning needed to become a more viable option. Through the use of cloud tech platforms, such as those offered by CloudHappi, schools have been able to offer classes to pupils at home in real time with their classmates in the classroom, ensuring that disruption to learning has been kept to a minimum.
Whilst lack of technology and a lack of understanding about the available platforms may have been an issue for remote learning in the summer, for many this is no longer an issue. The opportunities that remote learning has offered to those pupils who have had to self-isolate due to close contact or a family member with symptoms have been fantastic. The ability to be able to interact with the teacher and be a part of the class, albeit from a different location has allowed students to keep up with their classmates and not loose large chunks of learning.
This is turn has offered fantastic opportunities to schools who have been able to ensure that those students who are stuck at home have not been forgotten about. From a safeguarding point of view it has allowed them to maintain contact with vulnerable students, from an educational point of view it has ensured that children are not being disadvantaged by missing large chunks of school, in some cases through no fault of their own. For any teacher having pupils who have missed large chunks of learning can be difficult and the missing information can have a knock-on effect as they work further through any topics, leaving pupils confused and at a disadvantage.
If you’re not convinced that you’re offering all that you can to your students during these changing times, it might be that your computer system has reached its limits. Exploring the benefits of cloud-based services from CloudHappi could lead to you being able to offer an agile flexible solution to remote learning to students, no matter what changes the future brings.