The arrival of the Coronavirus in early 2020 surprised the entire WORLD.
The confinement measures forced not only many companies to continue working from home, but also schools and universities. ONLINE classes became the only possible alternative in the educational system.
Unfortunately, many educational centers failed in their attempt due to a lack of technical and human resources. They got, at best, a digital adaptation but they fell far short of what we should understand by
We will start with the definition and implementation of a new operational model.
From the TEACHING point of view we will work on:
From the LOGISTIC AND TECHNICAL point of view, we will emphasize:
We know that it is not the same to do a face-to-face class as one online, especially in some age groups.
Wanting to explain subjects through a screen does not only imply a visually appealing presentation, or a very synthetic or intuitive or graphic one, but rather to see in real time, the reactions and behaviors of the students.
You have to know how to manage doubts and questions, a fact that is already quite complicated in face-to-face classrooms.
For a teacher to organize and take a class online, there are demands that go far beyond having a PC.
In addition, you must have a good internet connection and several screens. From the start we suggest 3:
Obviously, a crucial and fundamental part of the analysis consists in considering the pedagogical method used by the educational center, since the differences are very important in each of them.
In Europe and other parts of the world, we find the following modern teaching methods:
All these pedagogical methods are elaborated to work within a specific framework, involving the face-to-face mode of teaching classes. Therefore, from the moment we replace this face-to-face modality with a distance one, such as online education, we put the result of the method in question, since it was not designed to work this way from the beginning.
At ConsulCat we are agnostic to the pedagogical method used by the educational center and what we propose is an accompaniment, to evaluate the consequences that may derive from these changes.
For example, going from a “face-to-face” modality to “online” means a whole series of role changes:
We propose a flexible methodology to respond effectively to the demands of your specific teaching model, providing solutions to satisfy the different groups involved (teachers, students and parents), in the face of all these changes.
Then, depending on the teaching method used, it is necessary to determine which are the most appropriate tools to apply to each class, center, group of students, etc.
There are several types of tools for distance learning, as we can see below:
Microsoft and Google, two technology giants, have solutions for the world of Education:
Microsoft: With its Microsoft Office 365 solution for Schools.
Google: With its G-Suite for Education solution.
Both solutions are comparable, since they have very similar tools, such as:
An LMS is a Learning Management System.
There are many types of LMS, some may be more suitable in companies, others in universities, etc.
Another essential element for a teacher, a whiteboard.
There are also many solutions here, so that teachers and students can share and interact on the same board:
It is necessary to evaluate the technical, use and operational characteristics of each one, especially with younger ages. Know how they adapt to each school and keeping in mind everything related to costs, investments, risks and impacts.
From this analysis and selection, we can be clear about our needs and how to cover them. Thus defined the corresponding functional, operational and technical requirements, and we can implement this new way of working (Transformation) in this Digital Age.
However, Change Management must be considered, both for students and teachers, although the latter generally seem more reticent to changes in their teaching model.
At ConsulCat we give an enormous importance to the educational system. There is no more noble challenge than that of ensuring that our children have the best and most adapted educational system possible.
We can contribute experience, knowledge and interest to ensure a full Digital Transformation for your educational center.