Online classes: recommendations for parents

Virtual activities are part of the so-called “new normal”. More and more families must join teleworking and online classes to guarantee their well-being. However, faced with this change in routines, both parents and children must adapt to this new type of learning in order to obtain better performance in times of isolation.

Faced with this complex scenario, what can parents and educational institutions do to contribute to a positive adaptation of the e-learning process?

Online classes in pandemic: how do they live in the world?

Currently, according to data provided by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 90% of the world’s students have been affected by the closure of schools and universities.

Moving the school to the home implies various challenges that must be faced by all the actors in the educational system, such as:

-Redesign educational work by teachers towards virtual education: reconfigure methods, activities and content.

-Have a good Internet connection and the appropriate tools at home (computer, tablet, smartphone) to be able to interact with the study materials.

-The institutions must provide family support at a stage that involves an external global crisis, where many parents have seen their income reduced or must work in the same space in which their children entertain or study.

Recommendations to get the most out of online classes

It is extremely important that teachers and the educational institution present themselves as allies throughout the transformation process (process of which they are part) and that alternatives are generated (such as applications, classrooms or workshops) to build community and help each other.

1. Have a good Internet service. It is essential to ensure a stable learning environment. Good connectivity and up-to-date and secure devices are essential to attend online classes.

2. Prepare a study space. It does not mean converting all the spaces of the home into a school, but it does not mean allowing online classes to be received in bed or in informal attitudes. Students, if possible, should have a desk, a chair, and a quiet space that contributes to their attention and concentration.

3. Generate a good relationship with the educational community. It is important to talk with teachers, participate in the debate on virtual education and make use of the platforms that the institution offers both for parents and students.

For example, Colegio Universitario Antonio Rendic has the SchoolNet app available to parents, which allows them to know aspects such as grades and attendance of their children.

When making use of these alternatives, there will be no gaps due to lack of information or the feeling of permanent abandonment by the school.

4. Encourage playful learning. It is essential to safeguard spaces for play and conversation during this stage of the health crisis. If parents or guardians interact in an essential way in the learning of their children, participating in the different assignments and providing a safe space for dialogue, they will be more motivated to establish a new academic routine.

Online classes in a pandemic – such as those motivated by resources such as Google Classroom of the Google Apps for Education Suite – are a challenge, however, it is possible to succeed and turn this scenario into an opportunity for growth and improvement.