Due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools have closed down in 188 countries, disrupting the education of 1.5 billion children.
The transition from brick and mortar classrooms and face to face interactions to virtual classes, has not been an easy one.
In such challenging times, it becomes our duty as enlightened parents to help our kids navigate virtual learning.
Peter Norvig, an American computer scientist and the Director of Research at Google used to teach “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence “ at Stanford University to 175 students in a class. One day he realised that while his subject was very modern, his method was not. There was still a textbook, a teacher on the podium and a student sleeping in the back! :-)
So he created an online class determined that it will be equal or better in quality than Stanford.
Within two weeks 50,000 students had signed up and soon 160,000 students from 209 countries were a part of the course.
Byju’s, Udemy, Coursera, EdX, Khan Academy.
Online learning is not a new concept.
We are new to it.
So here are 5 things we can do to help our kids:
Create a schedule: Carpe Diem! Seize the day with the right schedule. Ensure kids wake up early, shower, have breakfast and revise what was taught in the last lesson.
Set up a school corner: Turn one room or corner of your house into a school corner with a desk, chair, books and all school supplies. Ensure that it’s a quiet corner with minimal distractions.
Treat online school like real school: Your child’s appearance, attendance and homework matter!
Respect the teacher: Online teaching is a new concept for teachers too. And they are doing their best to make the classes informative and fun.
Stay connected: Don’t let social distancing come in the way of staying connected with friends and family. Let children chat with their friends on video call.
“Remember, lots of things have not been cancelled, like music, family, reading, singing, laughing and hope," says UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Make sure you enjoy them together."
17 Jun 2020