For the majority of the modern school setup, assessments were the backbone of measuring what students learned throughout the school year. However, given how remote setups are not conducive for facilitating tests, educators had to shift to having project-based outputs.
Now that students are going back to school and testing is becoming convenient once more, educators are discussing how portfolios and projects can have a bigger part to play in grading future classes. This method of assessment is actually already a standard used by non-traditional education providers such as bootcamps.
Stronger Collaboration Among All Parties
One thing that came out from the virtual learning setup is the increased communication between teachers and parents. Here are the key things teachers related to parents both during the pandemic and now that schools are opening up:
- What new technologies are being used to aid learning
- Best practices for parents in guiding their children’s learning at home
- Creating learning environments that facilitate student engagement
Besides that, there is improved communication among learners, and between students and teachers, which organizations plan on keeping in face-to-face setups.
Continual Importance of Technology
New tools and technology played a part in making remote learning feasible for both learners and educators. As organizations open up, these tools become less of a crutch needed to survive and more of an added dimension to update the learning experience and help students thrive in a hybrid learning environment.
Some of the technologies being used both in K12 and higher ed classes include 3D models, VR & AR, virtual field trip for the arts, and personalized math programs which hamper additional problems and information for topics each individual student struggles with.
Moreover, technology brings teachers closer to students by measuring students’ learning progress and providing analytics on areas for improvement. That led to technology eventually being at the forefront of today’s classroom, not just as a tool but also a subject for learning, with educators acting as facilitators of learning.
Last year proved that disengagement with the rest of the class is the end of learning. Students’ well-being has therefore become a priority for many institutions.
Educators across the nation are offering both tools and guidance on social and emotional learning for students. Some of the topics discussed are inter-relationship skills and cultivating a growth mindset. Add to that is the increasing priority of building a good support system for these students, whether it’s online or offline.
These trends might have started and been adopted last year but many educators are planning to continue implementing them for live teaching as well.