ITLA Consultants and Online school - Africa

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We offer the following Services:
-Face to Face group and one to one sessions.
- Online group and one to one sessions
-Long term and short term courses
-Holiday face to face and online examination revision courses.
- International University Guidance

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10/04/2023

Online Schooling - Pros and Cons
Introduction
People have different perceptions of what online schooling is and many have had reservations about it. Who can blame them? From the beginning of time students have been taught in a face to face setting in the conventional school setting, with the set school structure. Parents have been used meeting their children’s teachers face to face and this has built some form of security and perception that better understanding and learning will take place when a teacher is standing in front of their children. Never the less this perception was shaken extensively by the outbreak of Covid when families had to be at home with their children and schooling had to be adapted to online systems. Was this a new adaptation? Well It was until the 1950s, when children living in remote communities would either have to attend a boarding school, or complete their lessons by mail. This meant that students were either separated from their families or they had no interaction with their teacher and other students. In 1948 the Alice Springs RFDS base was used to broadcast the first school lessons to children in remote areas (established by Adelaide Miethke ). Just a few years later, the School of the Air (SOA) was officially established. The SOA program has now extended to teach primary and secondary students and adult education courses, over a network covering more than 1.5 million square kilometres allowing access to education to thousands of people, no matter where they are living. So without Covid, the need for remote learning system were needed and were in place.

When educating young people and perhaps adults, there is a constant need to look at new ways that allow access to education for all. Today, technology offers such a pivotal role in the access of education all over the world that it cannot be ignored or taken as an alternative.

What is online school or remote learning and what is its role?
Online schooling is a form of education which is delivered and administered using the internet and other technological tools and media in education. Online schools operate in many similar ways to conventional schools. For example:
• Pupils follow the national curriculum (of the countries they are studying in)
• Qualified teachers teach engaging lessons
• Homework, assignments are set and marked by the teachers
• Students take part in collaborative classroom learning as well as independent self – study
• Formative and summative assessment is provided to allow students to improve their learning and application of content.
• Students are able to be entered and sit examinations where they need to.
• The students follow a set timetable
• Students have a wide range of subjects and examination boards to choose from
• Progress is monitored and reported to parents through parents’ consultation meetings and on portal reports.

Difference are a few and they include the following:
• The school day is shorter as there is no moving between lessons classroom disruption, travel to school, school assemblies or other school events. This means that there is much more time for independent study or free time to spend on interests or hobbies.
• All lessons are recorded meaning that they can be viewed again at a later date. This is perfect if a pupil misses a lesson, needs consolidation in a particular area or are preparing for examinations.
• School is available wherever the students are. Whether they are living or travelling overseas, there is always access to school. Online lessons are delivered through virtual classrooms and can be accessed via a laptop, tablet or Smartphone.

According to research online education in the United Kingdom has seen a 65% increase as more and more families and children are opting for home schooling due to various socioeconomic factors. Because there is no legal requirement for a child to attend school, however they need to receive and education at home. Therefore, online education aims at ensuring these children with access to a curriculum, taught by experienced educators. Access to a curriculum means that students can prepare to take examinations, or should they wish to do so, they will be able to ‘fit back into school life if and when they choose to return to a traditional school.
In Summary what are the Pros and Cons of Online schooling?

Pros of Online Schooling
1. Students can work from the comfort of their own home (or any other location).
2. Students can complete independent assignments outside of school hours. This allows for more flexibility in assessment and learning.
3. Problems like bullying are reduced
4. Students can take breaks when needed
5. Less or no distractions from outside the learning environment that are usually present in school environments.
6. Students can learn with less fear/anxiety of others judging them
7. Students can communicate with teachers through different modes, for example text, audio, or video.
8. Pre and post recorded lessons are available for students all the time for access when required for revision or recap prior to a lesson.

Cons of Online Schooling
1. Depending on the age of the student, a parent needs to be home at all times (or other supervising adult).
Some families cannot afford this.
2. Some students need to be shown exactly how to do something via demonstration.
This may be challenging through a screen in some cases.
This can be particularly challenging for students with more severe learning needs who benefit from hand-over-hand support, direct modelling of a task, etc.).

06/04/2023

Parents and Edtech
“Parents (or caregivers) are the first educators of their children. The support they provide affects children’s development, learning, and subsequent educational outcomes. This includes direct support to learning before and during formal education, as well as indirect facilitating of factors such as nutrition, health, and hygiene. Support tasks for parents range from school and home communication, assistance in learning activities at home, participation in school events, and participation in school-decision-making bodies.” (Desforges and Abouchaar, 2003) (UNESCO, IIEP Learning Portal 22 September 2021). Any educator who has or who still is teaching in the classroom, can relate to the fact that those students that receive full parental/caregiver support as described above, are usually going to display less or no learning and behavioural issues, leading to a greater academic achievement. Parenting is therefore also a crucial aspect of a child’s development at any stage academically, socially, physically and emotionally. (some maybe more acquainted to the term spiritually)
How well then are parents and care givers informed or enlightened in edtech and let alone Pedtech in order to continue to offer the support they have been giving to the same high standard? We find that more and more schools are moving heavily towards edtech, pedtech alongside Artificial Intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning, assessment and parental communication. Parents are finding themselves playing catch up (even though they have come to accept edtech as part of education) in supporting their children in their education. They are also working hard to keep up with the financial resources they need to have the technology to install the edtech in the home, in order to enable their children to maintain their high level of achievement, as well as for them to receive and send communication from and to schools.

What is the advantage of parents and caregivers being able to have the knowledge to use as well as afford edtch and understand how it is being used by teachers (Pedtech) to enhance learning and assessment?

• Breaks barriers – It brings the parent/caregiver the opportunity to be removed from a bystander role and be actively involved at home in what would be an extension of the classroom activities. This removes the generational gaps between the children and parents/caregivers who grew up in a generation where technology was almost none existent in education.
• Explains and Reassures – Knowledge of edtch will answer the question of why it has to be used. For example, that it prepares their child to the world they will be facing outside in the future. This may reassure the parents they are moving in the right direction, that will equip their child to survive in an environment that is unknown to the parents and care givers themselves.
• Involves in a Simple way – Through various edtech software such as Bromcom, SIMS(older), Myregistry and Steplab (higher Education institutions) (and Microsoft teams etc, educators can communicate more efficiently and promptly the progress (through tracking portals), attendance, behaviour and messages to parent/caregivers and the students themselves. This brings about transparency, collaboration and better relationships between parents/caregivers and educators. For those parents that have busy schedules, or one excuse or the other (which is prominent in underprivileged families, whether genuine or not) the communication is then an app away on mobile smart phones, tablets or desk tops, and response is prompt from both the educators and parents/caregivers.

One can then say that more methods of training parent/caregivers in the use of edtch and how pedtech is used alongside it, need to be devised and implemented. Schools are having designated evenings to train parents to use their edtech portals and it is proving to be quite effective. The process being guided by teachers as authoritative and adult figures, already well versed with the edtech tools, parents/caregivers will better adapt to changes and quality of family support in the education of their children.

As parents and caregivers of a modern society it is imperative to move with technology. It is not everyone’s cup of tea but perhaps to drive the point home to parents who still have scepticism or at the very worst resistance to being part of something they are not comfortable with, and who are triggered to have concerns as naturally happens with major generational changes, the book" Who Moved my Cheese" by Dr Spencer Johnson may be of enlightenment on dealing with change.

03/04/2023

Edtech vs Pedtech
Since the time of Covid and post Covid, technology has been at the centre of most industries as a way forward in the uncertainty. The education sector which used technology as an additional tool to teaching and learning found itself having to use it as a mode of teaching learning and assessment. Suddenly there was an urgent need to develop systems that ran as schools and Higher educational institutions. Edtech had to suddenly improve and adapt to the needs of the situation globally. Now post Covid Educators are looking at incorporating other aspects of education into edtech, or rather in one’s opinion highlighting what edtech in face to face schools and online schools are already incorporating without so much it being given a specific term. So what is being incorporated or being considered with edtech? Would the concept of Pedtech ring a bell? If not let us have a look at what edtech and edtech mean and how are they different, if at all they are!
Edtech
Edtech, is simply the abbreviation of education technology. it has been the practice of introducing information and communication technology (ICT) tools into the classroom to create more engaging, inclusive and individualized learning experiences. It has since Covid been incorporated to be able to implement teaching, learning and assessment in online classes and settings such as lectures and webnars, curriculum planning meetings and educational seminars and summits. The use of Artificial intelligence has perhaps also enhanced edtech as it can monitor the efficiency of edtech tools through the outcomes of its use in moments, where it would take days’ weeks or months for data to be collected. As we can see Edtech focuses on the “How” (focus on systems and processes) of providing education or schooling.
Advantages of Edtech
• Increased and efficient collaboration – teacher can have resources in the “cloud” and they can be easily shared and accessed internationally
• Learners always have access to materials. – because resources and learning materials are on portals of educational institutions learners can access them any time anywhere.
• Attention Grabbing Lessons/sessions - Teenagers and young children are now very tech-savvy. They understand how computers work, and many enjoy spending time on them – this means that by using computers in the classroom, educators will be adapting to the interests of learners. Apps, digital games, videos and PowerPoints are great materials to use when teaching. They often make a point much clearer when used in the correct context, than just explaining it with words. For this reason, many learners prefer being taught when technology is used. Thus the need for educational institutions to invest in tablets etc.
• Environmentally Friendly – there is less need for paper, pencils rubbers ruler ect, that are made from natural resources like trees. Therefor the number of trees that need to be cut down to provide educational institutions is greatly reduced.
• More investment for technology investment companies and profits for technology companies internationally.
Disadvantages of Edtech
• Lack of face to face interaction with the educator outside a lesson/session – Most families value the face to face verbal interaction with the educator. (Human nature, we are social beings)
• Technology gaps – Not every learner has the same amount of access to technology therefore in each class/session there is the need to bring learners to par in order for all of them to have the full benefit of the lesson and higher learning outcomes overall.
Pedtech (Putting Pedagogy in Digital Technology of Education)
Every decision made by an educator in a classroom, school, or educational organisation is ultimately a pedagogical decision. Why? Because it creates or removes choices that learners and teachers are able to make as part of the learning process (bearing in mind teachers are also learning in the process of teaching). Pedagogy involves many aspects of teaching at different levels and there have been many scholarly articles that have come up with one definition or other, but to sum it all up it is the art and science of teaching or rather the study of teaching methods that will effectively lead to learning. Every teacher we may conclude will have their own pedagogical approach to teaching and learning in the classroom influenced by their training, environment, experiences, and also focus on the individual learning needs of the learners. Pedtech therefore focuses on relationships and behaviours of the people using technology. This of course in education involves teachers, and school leaders being encouraged to focus on “The Why” they use particular approaches to teaching and learning and the impact they expect that to have on learners in the longer term while using technology. With this then one might note, enables or informs how the technology can be improved to further enhance learning outcomes, which would be an advantage worth noting of pedtech.
Conclusion
It would be quite safe to then say that, edtech has been seen merely as a tool that enhances learning, but it is also safe to say the pedagogy influences edtech, and it has to be the driving factor.

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