Online learning

5 ways online learning helps if schools shut

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Recent teacher strikes and other circumstantial incidents can result in schools being forced to close impacting thousands of students. How can online learning help when this happens?

The mental health and wellbeing of students should be closely monitored when schools shut down; online learning can aid this. GCSEs can also be supported for those students so students aren’t left behind.

During the pandemic, there was a significant amount of lost learning due to schools closing and this resulted in students having to catch up. Schools can shut down for a variety of reasons, the most current reasons in 2023 are teacher strikes, how can students be supported?

Here are 5 ways online learning can help if schools shut down:

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3 reasons why online learning is useful when teachers strike

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As we enter a period of economic uncertainty, employee disputes become more common, and that includes the education sector. Teachers tend to strike as a last resort, but when they do, it impacts students at every level. The disruption to learning can be an issue, but online learning solutions can help students overcome the challenges. Here are three ways online learning can help during teacher strikes.

Maintaining continuity of learning

One of the key aspects of a teacher strike is that students don’t attend their classes, disrupting the education routine. Most students can adapt quickly to this temporary change, but some struggle, and over time it can lead to a loss of focus or even disinterest in the learning process.

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Schools Bill scrapped – how can students be helped?

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The Schools Bill, designed to improve education standards, has been scrapped potentially leading to more implications. What can be done to help support schools and students now whilst other plans are drawn up?

The Bill, which derived from The Schools White Paper in March, supposedly hit several obstacles and 18 clauses were removed relating to academies and regulations, ultimately leading to its dismissal.

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Does gamification assist primary school children learning?

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The use of game mechanics in settings that are not intended for gaming is called gamification. It is done to improve the user experience. It is not a simple effort to create a learning environment that encourages creative thinking. Teachers often adhere to more conventional methods during language instruction, such as the chalk-and-talk method. Lessons conducted using pen and paper are less appealing to primary school children of the 21st century, who would rather participate in activities that are more like games. Because of this, the use of gamification in the classroom would immediately result in passion and interest, leading to the learners’ eagerness to study.

What is gamification?

The use of game-design components and game-play principles in settings unrelated to gaming is what is meant to be understood as “gamification.” For instance, the acquisition of virtual “points” or some other form of currency, as well as the completion of a series of tasks or activities to advance to the next level, are both elements that can be used in contexts other than gaming to provide a learning environment that is both enjoyable and stimulating.

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3 ways to improve students’ mental health when they learn remotely

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Students’ mental health has been an ever-growing concern, especially for those learning remotely. Here are three ways how their wellbeing can be improved when they learn online.

Students learn remotely due to a variety of reasons such as medical, SEND or other underlying reasons.

What can be done to help support these students’ mental health? How can they be supported when learning remotely? Ultimately, how can their mental wellbeing be supported when they are online and ensure their safety?

Here are three ways to improve students’ mental health when they learn remotely.

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Understanding learners with behavioural needs

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Schools are centres of learning. What a student learns at school, remains with them throughout their lifetime. Schools, like home, are places that have a powerful impact on every person, ultimately shaping their actions and thoughts for life.

They become even more special for children with behavioural problems. The school’s environment and atmosphere shape students’ behaviour, shaping it for better or worse. To teach effectively and deliver personalised learning, every teacher needs to understand each student’s behaviour.

What is behaviour?

Behaviour can be defined as the way a person acts or carries themselves, particularly towards others. It takes place frequently as a reaction to a certain circumstance or event or situations. Behaviour defers from person to person as each person behaves in a certain way when faced with any event or circumstance.

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Top tips to pass Maths

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Maths can be very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you are prepared. Here are some great tips to help excel in the subject.

Before the exam

Don’t leave revision till the last minute. Start now, you will thank yourself later! Ask your teacher for help if you are not sure how to revise / where to start. Use any past papers you can find for your revision. Practice answering them like an actual exam – no distractions, set a timer. Use these not only to identify which topics you need to revise further, but to understand how an examiner uses the mark scheme to mark your exam. You will learn how important it is for working out to be set out neatly and in a logical order. If you are untidy and disorganised, you might misread some of your own work and/or lose marks because the examiner cannot read your work or follow your method.

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Tips to save on school budgets

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Saving money for a school budget is the desired outcome for many establishments within the education sector. Why is this and can an online alternative provision assist?

EDClass’ teacher, David Hickey, taught as a headteacher across schools in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire and highlighted how schools should take appropriate steps to ensure that they accommodate their budget requirements. Mr Hickey said:

“Schools should consider collaborating together and sharing costs with other schools in terms of staffing and how they share their resources. Certain schools, that aren’t necessarily academies, may have a soft federation within the school and share things with children so they don’t feel left out.”

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Understanding the learners with mental health needs

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Many students experience increased levels of anxiety throughout their time spent in school. Some students have to cope with the unpleasant chores of separating and individuating from their biological families.

In contrast, others may have to attend to many employment and family commitments in addition to their academic strain. You, as teachers, have a special connection with young people. As a result, you are often privy to or made aware of when kids are going through a difficult time emotionally.

This is because you have a unique relationship with them. To create a supportive learning environment, you must be aware of ways to assist both your mental health and well-being as well as that of your students. You must be able to deal with these circumstances appropriately, not only for your wellness but also for the well-being of the kids who require support.

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