hybrid model here to stay: How online tools have changed learning | News from Noida

Noida/Ghaziabad: A combination of in-person and online learning emerged as an alternative to classroom learning in 2021. Despite some issues, it worked better for students and teachers than the strictly online model during the Covid-19 lockdown, as it has improved teaching-learning exchanges. Schools in Noida and Ghaziabad have adopted this hybrid model, introducing individual contributions, and plan to continue the practice to some extent in 2022.
One of the main challenges in adopting the hybrid model was to ensure equal engagement and collaboration, with half of the students studying online and the other half in class. For teachers, it has been more difficult to involve individual students in class discussions and ensure that they understand the lessons. “Teachers overcame this difficulty by creating opportunities such as webinars or tutorials, in addition to group discussions, debates and presentations,” said Shashi Banerjee, Director of Education, Shiv Nadar School, Noida.
As the pandemic propels the education sector in the online direction, 2022 will see schools with technology-integrated learning models leading the way, educationists say. “The classroom doesn’t have to be the same anymore. Now a child has the freedom to choose, synchronous or asynchronous learning, independent or peer learning, even digitally,” Banerjee said, adding that assessments, as redefined over the past two years, can continue to be more personalized. and trainer.
According to Renu Singh, Principal of Amity International School, Noida, planning, “smart” strategies, implementation of IT tools, regular teacher training, engaging lessons, efficient exam delivery system , periodic school programs and parent-teacher meetings have ensured that studies are as close to normal as possible in 2021. “Co-ed and hybrid classes will continue to be an integral part of the teaching-learning process in 2022”, Singh added.
What to expect in 2022
University programs in 2021 have added various information and communication technology (ICT) tools including Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, OLabs to teach lab experiments using the internet, as well as quizzes, puzzles, etc. classes with the help of ICT,” said Dr. Neeraj Awasthy, Principal of Modern School, Sector 12, Noida.
While 2021 has seen lessons shift to auditory visuals to engage students online, 2022 could see more blended learning with new apps and toolkits. “Technology is becoming more of a classroom necessity than a luxury. Students and teachers have become tech-savvy now,” said Jasjit Kaur, Teacher, Apeejay International School, Greater Noida.
Teachers worked on open source learning modules on Moodle, game-based learning modules on Kahoot, shared content via message boards on Padlet, created quizzes, presentations, educational videos, and more. , to make lessons effective and assess students. As a result, “students who have missed classes can keep pace with the curriculum,” said Charu Paliwal, another teacher at Apeejay School.
Asha Prabhakar, Principal of Bal Bharati Government School, Sector 21, Noida, said that mobile apps, e-books and videos have been mainstreamed into the curriculum more widely in 2021. Additionally, Sunila Athley, Principal of Amity International School, Sector 6, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, said technology-assisted curricula go hand in hand with the traditional learning model. “As the Ministry of Education proposes sweeping changes to bring Indian schooling up to par with the best in the world, we expect intensive and rigorous teacher training to meet the new challenges,” Athley added. For teachers, game-based learning, MCQ-based assessment, resource sharing and team teaching will be the new changes, Athley noted. “The pandemic has taught us that if schools have to close in the future due to weather, pollution and other unforeseen incidents, the learning curve will not stop. Teachers and students can continue in online mode with MS Teams, Webex, Zoom and various other software platforms used in 2021,” Athley concluded.
“We master digital platforms such as Aristotle, Adobe Spark, Microsoft Tools, Wakelet, Padlet, Quizzes, etc., opening a new dimension for understanding lessons between students. We intend to advance the use of all the tools we have learned,” said Shalini Nambiar, Principal of Seth Anandram Jaipuria Vasundhara School, Ghaziabad.

Melvin G. Rodriguez