A platform you don’t need a driver’s license to operate
By Yamanda Boukmakh, Head of Partnerships and eLearning Designer at CanopyLAB
When I was interviewed for my first teaching job 5 years ago, I was asked the following question: How do you incorporate technology into the classroom? But the only thing that the head teacher and school director was interested in, was:
- If I knew how to register grades on the school Intranet.
- Whether I had a good selection of YouTube videos appropriate for 6-year-olds and
- If I could set up iPads with apps to practice math.
That was really it… online learning platforms were basically unheard of, especially in primary school, where the learning always took place physically together and in the classroom.
My response would have been completely different today, and so would the expectations of the school. As a result of COVID-19, an incredible change happened overnight and teachers woke up to the challenge of a solely remote learning space for their students almost from scratch.
The biggest obstacle? Time. And finding the right digital platform.
There are thousands of online learning platforms and digital tools out there you can choose from. But before opting for one, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I need a “driver’s license” to use the platform?
- Do I need extensive training to be able to use the tools?
- How long will it take me to add content and create courses?
- Does the platform support my curriculum’s learning objectives?
- Will I be able to track students’ progress and create activities for them to complete?
- Will it help me strengthen the relationship I have with my students?
My advice is that you need to pick an online learning platform in the same way you would decide on the final layout of your physical classroom: Here are a set of features in a digital platform that will be the canvas of my virtual learning space.
At CanopyLAB, we have prioritized the usability and ease of the course creation process, catering a seamless experience for teachers.
At CanopyLAB, we have prioritized the usability and ease of the course creation process, catering a seamless experience for teachers. The platform’s intuitive architecture allows for the perfect balance between structure and flexibility that all teachers need to ensure that the remote learning during COVID-19 is effective, successful, and able to mirror the learning community they have established in the physical classroom.
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