Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the ‘NOW’ big thing!!

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“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.”  
– Heidi-Hayes Jacobs

Because of covid19, school systems in around the world are facing uncertain situation. Parents, teachers and students have to take off immediately in an emergency spreading pandemic to lessen the blow to the 2020-21 school year, which the virus has already brought about as schools shutter in outbreak areas.

Schools all over are transitioning to different forms of online schooling to salvage the balance of this year’s curriculum and make it to summer break. Some schools are more prepared than others, a little bit better off than warmer regions since many area schools already have some capacity to do distance learning to carry on course work during snow days. But even in the best-prepared schools and communities, the disruption to education–alongside the potentially devastating health and economic impacts–may be profound.

While some degree of online schooling and learning is not a new thing for many students, few students have had to solely rely on it to deliver their entire course load and instruction. This situation is uncharted territory for schools and students and it will be a trying time.  

“Online Learning doesn’t just “happen”!
It requires careful planning and implementation.”

To try and help transition to the new situation, here is a set of guidelines for getting started if you are looking for tutoring services to assist students in adjusting to full-time online school.

Tutoring Platform!

Work with your tutoring service to find a platform that works for your tutoring needs. One platform may accommodate different learning styles, course subjects, and assignments better than others.

Some common Platform choices include Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and myTutoring. Not all platforms are the same in terms of meeting individual educational needs. For example, if you need to be able to share screens and see your tutor work out problems by hand, myTutoring is a solid choice. It has user-friendly controls to engage an Audio-Video, Content sharing, and Session Recording tool that includes a ‘whiteboard’ feature for conducting handwritten communication during sessions.

Be creative with the apps! Many students and their tutors have found nifty ways of combining different apps, their phones, and email exchanges all in one session to make the most of online learning opportunities

Communication! 

Students and parents may need to supplement their online sessions with other kinds of communications and document exchanges beforehand to make the tutoring effective. Emails, texts, and phone calls before and after sessions may be needed to clarify lessons and to plan for further meetings. For example, in myTutoring students can increase the efficiency of a session by sharing relevant assignment documents to tutors before sessions, so they are more prepared for the student’s needs. Tutors can likewise increase the efficiency of learning by forwarding study aids and notes.

Students and parents may need to supplement their online sessions with other kinds of communications and document exchanges beforehand to make the tutoring effective. Emails, texts, and phone calls before and after sessions may be needed to clarify lessons and to plan for further meetings. For example, in myTutoring students can increase the efficiency of a session by sharing relevant assignment documents to tutors before sessions, so they are more prepared for the student’s needs. Tutors can likewise increase the efficiency of learning by forwarding study aids and notes.

By working creatively together with these online tools, students, families, and educators can practice safe physical distancing without eliminating crucial educational and social interactions!

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