We are not in an atypical situation, a scenario where we have had to turn part of our content and start using tools and resources that, although we used to use them before, now we have to get the most out of them with our students in the distance. For this reason I would like to look up a bit on this online scenario that now surrounds us and to be able to assess the benefits and advantages that this whole situation can give us when it ends and we return to our classes, tables, books and especially to that closeness. daily that now we miss so much.
With regard to this learning, we know that today's students need more relevant content to capture their attention from home and this, in addition to being able to set their own pace and personalization. We can fulfill this need with the online learning mode; students can learn at their own pace and with certain comforts.
It is true that the online learning method may be suitable for everyone, if we talk about students with a certain maturity, but very far from the reality we find ourselves in today, since we have to continue teaching elementary school students. and even secondary that maturationally it is costing them a lot this adaptation.
The digital revolution has led us to notable changes in the way content is accessed, consumed, debated and shared, but there is a fundamental part to this revolution and one that we have to take into account right now is adapting all those resources and technologies to the new stage.
While i-learning It may seem like a learning tool available to anyone, it really isn't. Not all students have stable access to the Internet and devices that are powerful enough to support all of that digital content, or some may even have all the necessary technologies, but have difficulty using them. For example, this situation is reflected in that group of students in the first grades of primary school where their dependence on technology at this time is the same as that of the adult they have to fence to manage and help them in all those tasks that we send them. as teachers.
An important aspect that should be highlighted is feedback, or popularly known as "feedback". For me it is one of the main drivers in the progress of our students. Students gain more learning when they know and correct their weaknesses and weaknesses. It is true that as teachers "online" We must provide that feedback to our students, but it is possible that we still do not have or do not know enough resources to work with them properly at a distance, but it is a self-taught work that we are doing day by day, helping us with fantastic #virtualclautros where many colleagues freely put and create their experiences and knowledge or where educational companies have provided resources for free. We continue with the objective of avoiding that our students fall behind, have gaps in their knowledge and do not complete the tasks with sufficient success.
In short, online learning has its advantages and disadvantages. We have a part that focuses mainly on the availability, low costs and flexibility of the entire process and another part that as a teacher, new to this situation, its main factors are the personal and emotional factors facing the student.
The benefits of online learning are obvious and will surely leave us with great resources and tools that we can take to our classroom once this situation is over, complementing these resources with the presence in a classroom will be much easier than the reverse process that we are living Nowadays, even so, it is important to remember that not all content or skills can be taught online. Certain education requires physical presence, working with non-digital objects and in a different environment. Furthermore, sometimes only physical presence can help students develop the necessary skills, both professional and social.
In my opinion, online learning can become a great addiction to the traditional learning process, allowing greater diversity between students and cultures, but the advantage that we must obtain from all this must be the ability to develop both types of educational technologies equally and learn to combine them in the most effective way to obtain the best results.
For many of our students, the school is not only the place where they can learn, it is also the place where they come to socialize, make new friends and learn something more from their teachers. With online learning, this can be difficult (if not impossible) to accomplish.
Now we have to make use of Videoconferencing or chat platforms, create those virtual classes where we can talk to each other, share doubts and teach a little more closely. But it is true that the level of personal connection will hardly be the same as in the classroom. That is why some students may feel isolated and deprived of support and this is where we must be vigilant and further personalize digital learning and attention. We cannot lose track of the follow-up.
Taking advantage of the fact that we talk about guidelines, I think that another value that we are learning in this online learning is to work with the time guidelines, that is, those time windows as I call them, and where it allows us to mark the deliveries of tasks, but in a much more autonomous way. We no longer have the class time to do it, but rather a marked time from start to finish where I organize myself to do it, now the “Inverted class” model is regaining strength and adapting to this new situation.
Being able to learn at a comfortable pace and allowing students to organize their learning on their own can be a bit of a disaster for some of them. While some are good at self-organization, some cannot do this without having a clear deadline for writing an assignment and the need to report their progress to the teacher.
All technological changes and transformation efforts generally involve a cultural change. Some elements worth reflecting on may be:
Online learning requires discipline, it is true that traditional education also requires it, but online learning has less control. That reality is going to favor a certain type of student over those who are trying to orient themselves on their own schedule.
Learning will be digitized. This process change will mean that teachers have to go digital, changing styles and methodologies for a new scenario. This may lead to backing down or introducing a new generation of teachers.