The outbreak of COVID-19 has worked as a catalyst for the educational institutions to opt online platforms and techniques to ensure continuity in learning. However, those institutions that have adopted virtual classroom using cloud-based video conferencing platform, it has been quite daunting for students as well as the teachers. This is a concern for the primary level students for whom personalised attention is a key component, especially in Math to build a strong foundation, which will determine their learning outcomes, in the future.
A certain level of empathy is the need of the hour by making students feel comfortable and engage them positively, to deal with this extraordinary situation. To ensure a high level of engagement for students, an online platform through a personalised approach combined with assessments can negate the challenges and ensure that they learn with an understanding.
Educational Initiatives, India’s leading edtech company observed SIX key benefits of seamlessly teaching students Math online through Mindspark, a computer-based, online self-learning tool that helps students improve skills:
- Students are in their comfort zones while learning from home and the whole house is available for them to explore and convert into their study zone. For example, in one of the sessions conducted, where the topic being discussed was symmetry and rotational symmetry, students had a plethora of objects around them to use for the learning. These were then used to inculcate a deeper understanding of the concept.
- Unlike a classroom situation, on an online platform, it is easier to lead the children to the required level of understanding using the virtual means. For example, in a session where students are shown videos of three-dimensional shapes, using the internet to open up the surfaces and sides of the shapes helps the students to visualize and arrive at the understanding of concepts like surface area and volume.
- Using multiple interventions like videos, simulations, problem-solving and games become easier on an online platform and makes it easier for the students to observe, listen, visualize and think logically.
- The possibility of differentiated education gets better with online classes. Students can be taken into smaller groups with a facilitator and a co-facilitator and given tasks as per their learning needs.
- The remediation details in a computer-based online self-learning tool helps the facilitator to ensure the right intervention for removing misconceptions and bridging learning gaps.
- The interactive modules including introduction, remedial, enrichments and application-based games offer fantastic intervention in the sessions, which are thoroughly enjoyed by the students along with much-needed learning outcomes.
Education should be able to create responsible self-learners, induce metacognition skills and inculcate creativity. An intelligent composition of Guided Instruction and Focused Instruction can be worked out to achieve this. Mere imparting of knowledge has given way to help students with skills such as analysis and synthesis. However, there is a huge scope for developing these skills through effective research-based online tools and techniques.