Shining Star International School – Distance Learning Program – An Initiative to fight COVID19
In order to help contain COVID-19, many educational institutions are moving children to online learning at home. In addition, many parents are being asked to work from home. These forms of social distancing are needed to help slow the spread of the virus and prevent overloading the health care system.
But many families are still facing the challenge of preventing the education of their kids being affected due to this pandemic. However, to prevent that from happening, Shining Star International School has initiated Distance Learning Program (Virtual Classes).
What is a Virtual Classroom?
A virtual classroom is typically an online learning system where both the learners and tutors/teachers communicate to each other just like the real classroom but from different geographical locations. The system comprises of all the basic tools required to run effectively a classroom. Communication among the participants can be achieved in various ways like text chat, live video, live audio, and so on. Among the basic tools is the whiteboard, which is incredibly similar to the blackboard found in a real classroom.
Much like the smart classroom, it is a notion fixated on teaching and learning the education with help of developing technology but begs to differ by mainly focusing on achieving the digital transformation in the classroom with help of the Internet. It provides an opportunity of distance education to the remote students by means of web-based online learning programs as well as the instructors with innovative teaching tools to teach virtually from anywhere at any time, irrespective of the geographical area, through online classes and courses.
What are the advantages of a virtual classroom?
- Personalized learning: Students can learn at their own time and phase
- Long distance learning
- Enhances collaboration and communication
- Real-time teaching and learning
- Effective and efficient time management
- Gives students and teacher a worldwide exposure
- Accessed to everyone equally from anywhere and at anytime
- Introduces students and educators to education technology
- Encourages digital and smart classrooms
- Improves Visualization
As we know things have been evolving rapidly with the Coronavirus outbreak, and we realize the disruptions — including the switch to remote learning definitely won’t be easier — may at first seem overwhelming. These practical tips and resources can help you get started as your kids shifts towards our distance learning program after a long break from school.
Avoid the temptation to stay in your PJs. Start your day by getting dressed in your normal school clothes and you’ll get in the mindset of heading to class. Otherwise you might find yourself in the mood for lounging on the couch.
Create a workspace
Do you have a favorite spot to study when you’re on campus? Create a similar space at home can help you stay focused.
Establish a routine
Have a morning routine at school? Try to find ways to replicate your normal class-day rituals. This will help you mentally prepare to study.
It can be hard to say “no” to family or friends when you don’t have to go to class, but you can let them know you’re busy when you’re in your workspace.
Stumped by something? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This situation is new for all of us, and there will be plenty of questions that arise.
Know it’s OK to feel anxious
Take things day by day and try to use some of the approaches outlined here to stay organized and focused. Reach out to your instructors and classmates as needed, and use the additional support. Remember, you’re not alone — we’re all in this together!