Everyone is now aware that the whole world has experienced a radical shift in every aspect of living in and around us. It's not temporary but a permanent change in our lives for generations to come. Hence the term, THE NEW NORMAL.
Many of the working professionals have already adapted to the style of working remote and online from March. And it's already over 4 months working in this mode. Is it a welcome change? We can never be really sure! But just when we feel it's only about the job goers, a huge challenge comes up for all parents across the country. That is, getting onboard with the concept of online schools. It's still new, experimental and too foreign a concept. But with little perseverance, I am confident that we will get used to it.
Online Teaching is a new norm for both sides of this scale. On one side, both parents and teachers have to learn/master/execute this online portal way of teaching when some of them might not even be tech-savvy. On the other side are the energetic kids who cannot be contained all day at home. When it comes to online classes, we talk about these two dimensions and we are in the toughest phase of trying to set up a striking balance between teachers and our kids on a daily basis. But little in this chaos, we understand that there is a COMPLETE THIRD DIMENSION which is the most crucial fulcrum in this ONLINE LEARNING. It's something we as adults cannot seem to live without and that's nothing else than INTERNET BROADBAND.
The Learning Metamorphosis Yes, indeed the integral part of our lives, broadband connection plays a more than a vital role in this LEARNING METAMORPHOSIS. A strong, reliable internet broadband connection can make or break this change. Believe it or not. I see it with my own eyes. My elder daughter's experience taking classes for over 1-2 weeks now.
Good internet sets the whole mood and vibes for her to learn or just pass along with the rest of the class digitally. Often we say a proper foundation and infrastructure embraces the whole experience be it anything. Like, unless your house foundation is so strong and accommodative, no fancy decor or designing will cover up a bad foundation. The whole purpose dies right there. The same is in this case, broadband strength and consistency places a key role to ensure the children don't have to worry about hang-ups, slow video rendering, or any digital issues.
Uninterrupted internet sets a positive vibe to have the most impactful digital interaction with their teachers and as well as schoolmates. The whole speed-driven experience ensures a kid's mindset is up and exciting to take classes. They shouldn't end up having staggered buffering and see the DEAD WHEEL spinning which would set them completely off mood.
FOCUS ON HOW THEY ARE LEARNING RATHER THAN WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING
As a parent, I ensure to keep the following things in my priority list as I and Tharnika, my elder angel, start preparations for her online classes.
  • Sustainable and most reliable broadband provider in my area.
  • Identified and converted part of the house where she will sit and take classes.
  • Water bottle, books and all the required stationery.
  • Ergonomic aspects of her seating, laptop arrangement(s), power sockets and proper head-phones.
  • It’s a good idea to keep a power backup connected to the Wifi Router in case of unexpected power-cuts.
  • All digital accessories required to be on a full charge at the start of the day.
  • Timer for regular breaks between classes to relax and stretch out.
  • Bright lights and some positive vibe things like flowers, her favorite toys on the side.
Most importantly being there and giving assurance to my daughter and keeping the smile throughout her full day was a must. The secure feeling of being in trusted hands and trusted broadband sets the tone for any kid to take online classes as a supporting and embracing change rather than a forced transition which they don't have the heart for.
This blog is in collaboration with #ACTivateLearning with ACT, a unique knowledge-sharing initiative that helps ease the transition to online education for parents, teachers and students.
Author Bio: Karthik Gandhi- Food, lifestyle and parenting blogger, famous under the pen name- the GastroHogger
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