Heavy rain? No problem, the course must continue and will continue!

Born out of duress during the Covid pandemic, online courses have broadened schools’ teaching horizons, giving them a lot of flexibility

Anuja Mane, Center Director, with children at EuroKids Pre-School, Lokhandwala, Kandivli. Photos/Anurag Ahire

Due to heavy rain, the school has declared a public holiday…” Parents would receive such messages every monsoon before 2020. Torrential downpour in Mumbai? No, problem, tell the schools now. Their message in 2022 reads: “Due to heavy rain in Mumbai, the school will have online classes.”

While it has made the world darker, confining people to their homes, the Covid pandemic has also created some bright spots. He has helped schools evolve with online learning. Thanks to a great experience with online lessons, schools can now effortlessly spend the days there when they don’t want their children to face flooded and dangerous streets.

Dr Hanif Kanjer, founding principal of Rustomjee Cambridge International School & Junior College, said hybrid or online classrooms have taught schools to look beyond chalk and blackboard teaching, even for language subjects. “Teachers are increasingly using virtual tools to teach in the classroom, not only science, computing and coding, but also language subjects and social studies. Another benefit of this is that teachers have adapted to the virtual model of teaching during the pandemic, in which they have taught various topics using PowerPoint presentations, this is continuing every time after the pandemic in classrooms offline,” Kanjer said.

An online session at Rustomjee Cambridge International School & Junior College
An online session at Rustomjee Cambridge International School & Junior College

When the state government ordered them to remain closed amid heavy downpours, Kanjer said, their international and state counseling schools and junior college held online classes. Anuja Mane, Center Manager, EuroKids Pre-School, Lokhandwala, Kandivli, said the pandemic has brought about changes in the education system where technology has helped bridge the gap. “We at EuroKids introduced the HomeBuddy app during the pandemic for our young children. The HomeBuddy app has given us great relief by providing uninterrupted learning and also developing an interactive and engaging online classroom. whether it is a lockdown or a holiday due to heavy rain, our young children will always have a continuous learning process as we also have the hybrid classroom model in our preschool. The app has helped not only the teachers, but also the children to finish their school part at the given time without any interruption.

They may not have access to the sophisticated tools available to their peers in private schools, but government teachers are also making the most of technology. They share review topics on class WhatsApp groups that were created during the pandemic. It helps students revise the curriculum on holidays.

Some schools have adopted virtual classrooms as the new norm. Mahim’s Bombay Scottish School is moving to online class once a week. “The virtual mode of teaching and learning that has become popular during the pandemic has now opened up a new path for everyone, and we have embraced it as our new normal. So, from this academic year, that is from June, we are organizing online lessons once a week for students from class VII to class XII. We have a timetable and lesson plans specially designed for this day. On virtual classroom day, teachers simulate experiments and presentations and this is a useful study aid. Not only that, but even for a day, it saves travel time for our students in class XI and XII,” said principal Sunita Georga.

Mansi Zaveri, parent and founder and CEO of Kidsstoppress shared more information. “Remember, when we were children, we prayed for school holidays on rainy days! But within a few hours I was so bored and wanted to run back to school to meet my friends. Fortunately, my daughters are doing much better today with the hybrid mode of education. It has become a blessing in disguise for children to meet their friends on days when they cannot go to school and keep pace with their learning. This way, there is no disruption in their school life. There is no more learning loss, just a short but useful break. It’s also very convenient for today’s hardworking teachers. Today’s schools and parents have adapted well to hybrid mode, thanks to everything we’ve learned over the past two years.

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