During this time of the coronavirus epidemic, children are unable to enter the classroom to enjoy the fun of learning with their peers. Instead, they can take classes through online learning. At HD Qingdao, the school initially provided a wealth of online learning resources for students, but now, through live broadcasts, students are engaging in live lessons with their teachers over the internet. It can be said that this innovative way of teaching can play an important role in supporting the development of our students.
Today, the principal of HD Qingdao Primary school, Jamie, will help parents understand online education through a reflective article that provides some hints and tips for overcoming the challenges.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China, schools have been forced to close for an, as yet, unknown length of time. In this situation, teachers at HD Qingdao are trying to make the best of the situation and use the current period as productively as possible by providing a quality online learning experience for our students.
I’m sure I speak for all the teachers, students and parents in our community when I say that despite how fun and exciting online learning can be, we’d all much rather be at school and can’t wait for the day when HD Qingdao opens its gates again.
The challenge of online learning
Online teaching and learning is generally less effective than teaching in the classroom because it restricts a teacher’s ability to ask individual questions and respond in real time to students’ needs.
In a classroom, the teacher can pose questions, test existing knowledge and then adapt the lessons to the children’s current understanding, providing more support to those individuals who need it. This means that teaching and learning, as much as possible, is tailored in real time to the needs of each child.
在教室里进行教学, 老师可以提出问题, 测试学生已掌握的知识, 然后根据大家目前对于知识的理解程度调整课程, 为那些需要帮助的学生提供更多的支持。这意味着，教与学都尽可能地根据每个孩子的需求进行实时调整，量身定制。
This is far more difficult to do in an online context. Live lessons over the internet provide the next best thing to classroom teaching but even here, it is difficult for teachers to interact with each child and find out what level of individual support they require to make the best possible progress.
课堂教学的优势在网络教学中很难实现，即使网络教学是仅次于课堂教学的最佳方式, 但老师们也很难与每个孩子进行有意义的互动, 并找出他们需要什么程度的个别辅导才能取得最大的进步。
So, we are under no illusion – online learning does present challenges to the teaching and learning process.
The benefits of online learning
Because we recognise the challenges associated with teaching and learning over the internet, this does not mean that we should dismiss it altogether.
There are several reasons why online learning can still be a valuable experience for our students during this difficult time:
Many of our students are confined to their homes during the coronavirus crisis and online learning provides a valuable opportunity to interact with others and maintain relationships with peers and teachers;
在新冠病毒疫情期间, 我们的许多学生都必须待在家里, 而在线学习提供了一个让他们与他人互动、与同学和老师保持良好关系的宝贵机会;
Although online learning does present challenges, this is not to say that it is without value. Online lessons that are pitched effectively and allow for real time interactions between teachers and students allow the students to practice key skills with English and other curriculum areas that will benefit them when they return to school;
虽然在线学习存在诸多挑战, 但并不是说它没有价值。高质量的在线课程, 能够实现老师和学生之间的实时互动, 让学生掌握英语以及其他课程中的重要知识, 这对他们返校后的继续学习是非常有利的;
Providing online lessons and activities provides a familiar routine for students and for teachers and this is key for maintaining wellbeing and mental health at this difficult time;
Not only can key academic skills be maintained and developed during this time, but subjects such as Music, Art, Dance and PE encourage students to think creatively and remain active even within the confines of their homes – another key ingredient for maintaining physical and mental health.
With encouragement and the help of simple routines, children can develop their own levels of independence with regards to learning at home; organising their resources and ensuring they are ready at set times to engage in learning.This would be a great opportunity for many of our younger students to learn how to tell the time and then use this knowledge to help organise themselves for each day of learning at home.
My tips for improving online learning in your home
Routines: ensure you establish a daily routine and that your child helps with this process. This will provide them with ownership over their learning and is likely to increase their motivation to engage with the process.
It can be easy during this period to get into bad habits such as going to bed late and then waking up later in the day. This can lead to arguments as parents try to get their children ready for lessons that they do not feel motivated to take part in. Sit down with your child and plan the schedule for the week, ensuring that you make time for rest and plan in rewards when your child has worked hard.
Create a defined work and resource area: by creating a defined work space with all the resources easily accessible, it helps to create boundaries in the home and children learn that when they are in this space, it is time to concentrate and learn.
创建一个固定的学习区域:划定一个明确的学习空间，将学习所需要的材料等资源都放在里面，通过划定明确的学习空间范围，孩子们会知道, 当他们处于这个空间时, 便是需要集中精力学习的时候。
Restrict Screen Time: One of the concerns that many parents have about online learning is related to the amount of screen time it forces on young children.Ensure that when lessons are complete, you plan alternative activities for your child to engage with, such as reading stories, painting, drawing and exercise. This will ensure that your child develops a balanced and healthy relationship with technology.
In conclusion, online learning presents many challenges but with a little thought and adaptation, it can still be a very valuable and worthwhile experience, providing isolated children with meaningful interactions with teachers and students during this difficult time. I hope this article has provided some help in improving the experience for you and your family.
综上所述, 在线学习存在很多挑战, 但只要稍加思考和适应, 它仍然是一种非常宝贵和有价值的体验, 在这个困难时期，能够为居家隔离的孩子们提供与老师和同学之间有意义的互动。希望以上分享的内容能够对您有所帮助。