The Sreenidhian's Creative Hub
By: Ronith Reddy Solipuram DP 2
Well, let's start from the students perspective first. We get out of bed, freshen up, maybe grab some breakfast if we have time before the registration period starts. We then proceed to begin our daily class schedule.
Now, with online teaching there's an emphasis with making the most of online tools. In the case of science students, for example, this means extensive periods of laboratory simulations that replace physical experiments. Although these allow the students to collect sufficient data to draw conclusions we can easily say it doesn’t match the real deal. Adjusting to the intricacies of the software and dealing with glitches while collecting data can prove to be quite the hassle.
For everyday learning, some of the online tools that have become increasingly popular among students and teachers include Quizlet and Kahoot! These platforms cleverly weave together essential lesson content with a fun game-like element. Many students have even said that this is the “Ultimate review session.”
Students enjoy that sense of competitiveness when racing to the top of the leaderboard using only their understanding of a lesson. In the case of Quizlet, a combination of both conceptual understanding and some well timed power ups have the same effect! These are some of the many tools at our disposal to make online learning more inviting.
Given that our readership tends to mostly comprise of students, let’s take a different perspective into account, the teachers. All this time we’ve mostly heard about what students like and dislike about online teaching but we often forget the fact that the teachers are going through the same monumental changes as well.
Mrs. Urska, an English, ToK, and French teacher here at Sreenidhi, was kind enough to provide some interesting insights on online teaching. “I love learning new softwares and tools, and adapting to this sudden change was definitely interesting.” she said.
During the interview, Mrs. Urska explained how this is like a test of adaptability for teachers. She talked about how one cannot be rigid in their teaching methods, they will not be able to reach their students effectively so long as online classes prevail.
Mrs. Urska also stated that she is glad things have moved online and does not think physical classes should resume anytime soon. She said, “Apart from the obvious safety concerns, I can’t imagine having to teach in a mask while looking at my students who are also wearing masks, it becomes really difficult to read the mood and so it’s harder to teach.”
That being said, she also expressed how it is still pretty tough to read the mood in online classes as almost everyone will have their mics and cameras off. “When I just see these avatars and the muted icons all over my screen, sometimes I can't help but think that I'm talking into a void because I can’t really tell if my students are following me throughout the class or if I need to change my teaching style midway in order to get more interaction out of them.”
Mrs. Urska believes that this is a challenging time for teachers as they must figure out ways to engage their students and with the absence of a physical classroom environment, it is tedious for them to find an optimal teaching style everyday to suit the current moods of the students they cannot see.
But on the other hand, accepting the challenge and trying something to improvise on traditional teaching by using different softwares and tools has been a refreshing and fun experience for the teachers. Ms. Urska is looking forward to figuring out new ways in which she can teach her students in the months to come.
Welcome to the Student Features segment of the Sreenidhian- a blog where we highlight student work and showcase their ideas about a vast variety of topics, providing them with a platform for expression.
All of the opinions and information that is expressed in this section is not endorsed by Sreenidhi or the Sreenidhian- it is the work of the students themselves.
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