No matter where you are in the world, your child’s learning experience will have been affected by the global pandemic. It has caused perhaps the biggest upheaval in education for many years. However, for schools with the right vision, it has created the opportunity to transform the classroom. Technology-enabled learning has put schools like Regents International School Pattaya at the very forefront of enhanced learning both at home in the virtual world and face to face at school.
We are using technology as a tool to enhance and transform learning, to provide individual recorded feedback and to support our students’ well-being. Our new hybrid model for learning has given students the ability to fully engage in their own education than ever before.Nicole Sargeant, Head of Innovation, Regents International School Pattaya
So how can educators best prepare for a blended education model post-COVID?
Streamlining the use of technology
A streamlined use of technology is the best option for the school community with a blended approach using connected time with ‘live’ input from the teacher and guided time, where students work through structured self-paced tasks and activities set by their teacher. This offers the right balance between on and offline learning time and allows children to make the most of personalised learning from home, no matter what year group they are in.
Making the most of online tools
One of the most successful aspects of this experience for students at Regents were the tools they can now use to organise their work, manage their time, take assessments, revise and collaborate with their peers and their teachers. Students can use digital notebooks, rather than traditional paper exercise books. This means they can still write their notes but now they can include useful links, diagrams and pictures all in one place. It has become an interactive, engaging space and far more eco-friendly than using paper.
Involving parents more in lessons
A blended learning approach gives parents a window to their child’s education that has never been so accessible. They can see what work is due, whether it has been completed or not, what the work is, what the expectations are and it can open a direct channel for communication with their child’s teachers. Hosting virtual parent workshops also means that working parents who would struggle to have the time to be able to come into school are now able to attend and be more involved.
Deciding upon the right school for your family is an important decision and so parents should choose one that is resilient, adaptable and is well prepared to create outstanding learning opportunities for their students, even during these challenging times.