Coronavirus is changing the way we work, and now, even the way we educate.
Adjusting to e-learning
Parents and guardians all over the country have a newfound respect for the teachers, caretakers, and tutors who take care of and educate their children every day. After a few days of spending an entire lunch-hour from your remote working schedule to answer little Palesa’s questions about why penguins can’t fly – you’re probably ready to send her back to school with trained professionals who know how to handle these questions with patience!
Coronavirus is changing the way we work, and now, even the way we educate. Our country is faced with serious challenges – electricity and access to adequate healthcare and food being the most pressing lately – and families are feeling the strain. At this time, support networks, support structures, and safety are needed more than ever. We believe in all of that, so we have put together a little list to ease your life in quarantine.
Education under quarantine
- You can keep your friends close
Social distancing is not easy for everyone. At the best of times, most of us need to be near those we love for support and love. In times of uncertainty, those needs increase by several levels. Don’t panic! There are several ways to keep in touch and ease the load on you. Whether you need encouragement, a 30-minute session to rant to your friend, or to set up a virtual class with your son’s teachers, the contact you need is as easy as setting up a call on Skype or Teams.
- Information and organisation are twins
There are numerous resources available for you, from YouTube links to website downloads – the opportunities for information are huge. But they can also be overwhelming! This is where organisation is instrumental. Your children need help organising all the information coming in from school and from research. This is where Office 365 comes in! It gives you the ability to sort files under categories, keep track of their progress, and have all your information in one place.
- Collaboration across families
Being at home for extended periods of time can be suffocating, and children often need creativity and a change of routine to keep them interested. The “calendar” feature allows parents to team together and take turns hosting interactive classes or sessions. It’s also a good way to keep track of your children’s deadlines and upcoming tests and quizzes.
Hang in there! While we wait for things to return to normal, we have the advantage of learning the new normal. New ways of connecting, new rhythms – and better ways of working.