The transition from on-campus to online teaching and learning is not easy. It has been a huge learning curve for me personally and also for all the teachers at Tatva who till sometime back, were not so tech savvy. However, the Covid-19 crisis has changed all that. We are living in extraordinary times. The world around us has radically transformed within the past couple of weeks and months into a science-fiction movie.
The idea of being able to just port what you’re doing in a classroom into an online environment has its own problems. But trying to do that in the midst of a pandemic is another problem altogether.
Even in this time of “social distancing”, we cannot forget the fact that education is not just a cognitive process. It is also a social process. As teachers, the way we form these relationships with our students online and the way we facilitate our students to form these relationships with their peers online still is and will be the key to the success of any kind of online teaching and learning.
The management at Tatva Global School was quick to transition to online teaching and learning, and probably was among the very first schools to realize that online learning was the most viable alternative. We had the courage to go beyond just sending links for children to access and learn on their own. We created personalized presentations with a voice over given by the specific class teachers / subject teachers to provide a personal touch, a systematic approach to the process and all that made a huge difference. We took the road less travelled!! And it made all the difference! It took great effort to organize, plan, assimilate and execute online classes for our students but at the end it was a very fruitful and satisfying experience as we were able to deliver quality learning, which was well appreciated by all the stakeholders, especially parents, our partners in this process.
But, what were/are the real challenges of online teaching and learning? Women teachers need a special mention, here as the rigours of doing the daily chores and managing online classes efficiently, can take a heavy toll on their overall health and well-being. However, credit goes to these teachers who have made it possible and always came up with a pleasant smile when facing the students online.
It was a herculean task to prepare a step-by-step guide on how to access and use online learning tools and curriculum, making sure that this information was presented in various formats including video and text, ask families to make sure all students – especially the youngest learners – knew how to log in to the apps or access the links and know their passwords. Teachers needed to know how to take attendance, provide extra tech support and make sure parents and teachers knew how to ask for help.
And the IT team had worked long hours with service providers like Google and enabled us, the teachers. with our lessons. It was a tumultuous ride and now after a week, we are sailing smooth on rough waters.
It has been a beautiful learning experience for all involved and I hope that normalcy is restored as soon as possible… Happy learning.. Always!!
Tatva Global School