The Covid 19 pandemic was totally unforeseen – nobody had a slightest clue about the disruptions it will bring to our daily lives! It is quite conspicuous now that the major part of the academic year 2020-21 must be continued online for all the educational institutions. India was still in its nascent stage of online education and training when the pandemic hit us, and we had to adapt quickly to Online Virtual Classrooms. The EdTech landscape has evolved ever since and Online Virtual Classrooms have picked up pace in 2020! Let’s look closer at what has changed and what it really means for us.
Stating categorically, replicating a classroom digitally through any communication medium is only a fraction of Digital Education. In essence, Digital classroom is the comprehensive ecosystem that involves innovative and user-friendly tools for teaching and learning. It revolves around organizing virtual classes, assessments and examinations, club activities and providing insights and feedback to parents and students. However, the pandemic has forced schools to adopt “emergency remote teaching” model wherein teachers are burdened with digitizing their lectures and circulating them through different mediums. Although, this approach has enabled some kind of communication between students and teachers, it is far from what we can call optimal. These kinds of models result in bored students and exhausted teachers and the Virtual Classroom advantages are reduced to minimal.
What we need is a blended model which incorporates a wide range of activities that can together deliver an effective and interesting learning. Sitting in front of a computer screen for long hours can be taxing for both students and teachers. To add up to the plight, haphazardly planned sessions and classes do not reap the benefits of a structured learning. A proper schedule needs to be in place and the timings of classes shall be fixed and strictly adhered to. Besides, doubt solving in classes if of utmost importance and there shall be provisions for that. One-way communication doesn’t help the cause of learning. Therefore, we need a digital ecosystem which is a one-stop solutions that the teachers and students face.
Developed on the trusted platform of Microsoft Teams – Juana Virtual Classroom is just the digital classroom solution you need to emerge victorious, even in these pandemic times. Live classes, recorded sessions, assessments, class discussions, text chat, attendance solutions, pre-scheduled classes, doubt sessions, club activities – Juana Virtual Classroom has all of it and even more!