Post the COVID-19 induced lockdown, most students started taking some form of online or virtual classes. Though commonly used, the term ‘virtual classroom’ has much more to it than just having a regular class in an online setting.
So what does an ideal virtual classroom look like? In this blog, we will list the features that make up an ideal virtual classroom.
1. Ability to share multiple types of content in one single platform
An ideal virtual classroom allows educators to incorporate a wide variety of educational materials in their lectures and share them using a single platform. Educators can share lecture notes, presentations, audio-video materials, clips of documentaries etc, all on one platform. This makes the classroom lively and engages the student's attention, leading to better retention of concepts.
In many schools, online classes are conducted via isolated video conferencing apps like Zoom or Google meet, where teachers can only conduct video meetings. They can send links to additional study materials in the chatbox but if the student disconnects, they might lose that link. They can save the chat history too but chances are they might forget or will never make an effort to search for the links. An ideal virtual classroom must have all the study material available in a single platform to all the learners all the time so that a student can easily access them at all times with no extra effort.
The integrated online school management system of LEAD provides a unified platform for delivering and assessing online lectures with all class materials present in the Student App.
2. High level of student participation
Gone are the times when a virtual classroom meant a teacher is teaching and students are passively listening. We all know how most students are too shy to participate in the classroom, especially in a virtual classroom.
An ideal virtual classroom allows the instructor to engage students through tools such as live question-answer and quizzes. This can help instructors gauge the level of understanding of the students in the class. Instructors can also ask students to share their screens to see their work and suggest corrections. This allows students to feel more involved and they can connect better with their instructor. An ideal virtual classroom should also allow the division of the participants into breakout rooms, to allow for group discussions just like a physical classroom.
LEAD online classrooms ensure the highest level of interaction between instructors and students, resulting in livelier classes that ensure better learning outcomes for students.
3. Continuous evaluation and personalized attention
One of the key features of an ideal virtual classroom is the provision of continuous evaluation of a student's learning progress. Instructors can monitor data such as class attendance, student activity, student performance, etc. This helps instructors track the growth of all students, thereby identifying the weaknesses of every student. This allows instructors to plan for remedial actions.
If instructors conduct online lectures in some app like Zoom, take a test on another app like Google forms and send the result on another app like WhatsApp, it may lead to a lot of mismanagement. An ideal classroom must bring everything together in a single interface that is easily accessible to the learners, instructors, and parents.
The Student and Parent App in LEAD Powered Schools enables students and parents to monitor the student’s progress in a single app. All test results, reports, and other analytics are presented in one single app leading to a hassle-free evaluation of the student’s progress.
4. Increased Accessibility
Many online lectures are delivered on video conferencing apps like Zoom or Google Meet. Some of these apps are difficult to run on a phone and require high-speed internet and advanced device configuration. A lot of times, students are not aware of the links to join the meeting. This shouldn't be the case in an ideal virtual classroom.
An ideal virtual classroom should provide a single app that can be used to access lectures, lecture notes, tests, and every other thing required by the student. The only requirement should be that participants have a basic device that can connect to the internet. This allows participants to access content, regardless of their location across the globe or their financial background. The idea is to create a level playing field for students from various locations and backgrounds.
The LEAD Student App is optimized to run on regular devices, thereby breaking unnecessary barriers to learning. This allows students from various backgrounds to access quality learning from any location.
In conclusion, as technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives, virtual classrooms are inevitable in the future. Virtual classrooms are also a great enabler and equalizer when it comes to providing quality education to students from all kinds of backgrounds. In a developing country like India, virtual classrooms are a necessity to make educational content available to the masses. Being such an important driver of educational transformation, it is crucial that your child gets access to the best platform out there.
The LEAD School Parent App is a step towards advancing student education with our integrated system. We also believe in empowering parents and teachers by getting them more involved in the learning process of students. This innovation has proven to boost learning outcomes, bridge the learning gaps and prepare each child for a better future.
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