Struggles and Opportunities of Remote Learning
As schools have switched to remote learning due to the pandemic, many children have had a difficult time adjusting to the new routine. Many have experienced burnout from remote learning. As children are more and more familiar with technology, one might expect them to have an easier adjustment, but unfortunately, it is not the case for most. Below are common reasons why students are struggling with virtual classes and how Koala helps alleviate such problems.
Although students are generally tech-savvy, and thus able to manage computers well, lack of computer literacy is a major issue among students today. Many of them cannot operate basic programs such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and therefore are not able to handle their files. Koala classrooms were designed to be a gamified learning platform. Similar to games like Minecraft and Roblox, students can design their avatar and move around with ease. Most children are more familiar with computer games than any other applications, making Koala easy to use and engaging.
Many students are not provided with the strong internet connection that online courses require, and thus fail to catch up with their virtual classmates. Koala’s proprietary technology ensures better audio and video quality even with poor Wi-Fi connections. This means robust access in low connectivity areas. Therefore, more students can have quality instructions regardless of their Wi-Fi speed.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Certain methods of teaching might work for one student, but they will most likely not work for all students. This is very normal as we are all different, no one is better than the next. Therefore, finding what truly works best for a student is crucial. In particular, students with learning disabilities have struggled significantly to adapt to any changes. With distractions at home and the lack of engagement, students are falling behind. Koala was formulated to resolve this problem. The 3D virtual classroom allows for an immersive experience. Students feel more involved with the class and are more engaged. Gamification in the classroom has enhanced the qualities of engagement, participation, motivation, enjoyment, productivity, sense of achievement, and sense of accomplishment.
“This is a stressful, unpredictable time for everyone, including families, parents, and children,” said Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra, the founder, and president of Children and Screens. “You can help your children by providing them with a structure and routine and being a positive force in their education.”