Due to the pandemic, every educational institution started using virtual learning. This had a great impact on teachers who had to accommodate video-based learning into the syllabus. It required a lot of effort from teachers because the syllabus of a year had to be converted into video communication very quickly.
Educators were not happy with the implementation of virtual education. During the same, many teachers wanted to leave the teaching profession.
The students also felt very irritated that they had to study from home. Virtual learning has become a norm now.
The schools have started shifting to hybrid learning which includes virtual learning and learning through physical presence at schools.
However, educators can use better tools of educational technology to improve the experience of teaching students.
Controlling the Distraction: It’s important to check whether a student is listening or the lecture or not. The teachers can get alerts when the students open other tabs on their PC’s. The teachers can either scold the student or change the topic to get the attention of the student.
Students can reply to chat: You can make sure that the virtual learning environment is the same as a classroom’s. This implies that the students are asked a question on chat and asked to reply. Although a student’s classmates get to know his answer, this helps in building camaraderie among them. This is much like a classroom where students can also make fun of someone over a wrong answer.
Quizzes: There can be the use of quizzing tools like Kahoot. This quizzing app can be used to generate quizzes for students by teachers. The best part is that instead of just text-based questions, videos and pictures can be used as questions. Images can also be used as answers which are useful in mathematics based quizzes. Apart from that students can be sent the game pin to access the quiz on their Kahoot app. Both the students and teachers can access the app without any cost. Company employees can also use this app. It can be used by teachers all over the world because quizzes can be created in multiple languages. Apart from that, there are already quizzes uploaded on different topics on this app which can be used by new joiners also.
Since Kahoot can also be used on desktop PC’s, schools can indeed get the site license and onboard as many members as they want. After you enter the site license code, you have to enter the email addresses of teachers and students whom you want to invite.
Instead of quizzes, you can also test students with true/false questions. You can also present students with polls so that they can express their opinions.
You can also ensure that you get to measure what was the student’s response to the call, whether they answered a quiz or responded to a chat question. You can make sure that in the video conferencing tool, you can set a counter for every time a student says something or types in a group discussion.
This is how you can engage student attention in virtual learning.