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Teaching – Learning from anywhere to anyone (Hybrid Learning).

It’s no surprise that 2020 has shifted school operations on a global scale. As we prepare for a very unique back-to-school season, let’s explore how the new instructional scenarios can really help the teachers and learners in 2021.

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While educators are using various terms – blended, hybrid, remote – often interchangeably, to describe the new classroom environment, many teachers, parents, and students are unsure what to expect in the new normal of 2021. 

Different scenarios are discussed currently, to be put in use when the learners return to their classrooms in 2021. 

Scenario – 1

Teachers teach from classrooms while students learn remotely, a synchronous online classroom model

Scenario – 2

Teachers and students both remote and rely on the internet to conduct their classes. This can accommodate both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching styles

Scenario – 3

Learners and Teachers will be in the classroom together with Social distancing measures in place.

Whatever the scenario, the move to these varied instructional scenarios is testing the significance of education technology as a true teaching tool.Schools are finding that they rely on educational technology that provides a maximum amount of flexibility and integration. These attributes allow schools to pivot should the need arise, especially if COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

Saving teachers time and reducing stress should be our Top priority, especially now that teachers are working overtime.

This year is an opportunity for schools to assess and reassess which tech tools create efficiencies and which one’s don’t. Many schools are already in their third term, so it’s actually less about reopening and more about sustainable continuity of learning and comprehension.We encourage & recommend Schools authorities and Education authorities to adopt future ready solutions designed to meet the needs of the 21st century educator. No more beating around the bush. Teachers definitely deserve better.

We highly recommend the Hybrid Teaching Learning model, which lets the teacher teach the students both in-person and remote (Online) simultaneously. While in-person teaching will remain an essential part of education for the foreseeable future, we now see the need to open up multiple channels to respond to not just extreme conditions like a global disaster but the day-to-day interruptions of effective education. Hybrid teaching not only makes learning more accessible to the differently-abled, but it also allows educators to reach remote areas, helps students stay connected during long absences, and familiarizes both educators and learners with the latest communication technologies.This way, the teacher doesn’t have to repeat the same class and can get more focussed on learner engagement. This model allows the teacher to integrate both Synchronous and Asynchronous teaching methodology.

To build a successful & effective Hybrid Learning environment, Our Ed Tech consultants offer Free Consultation on the technologies that are to be used to ensure that there is less stress on the teachers to adapt to the technology and help teachers to enhance the learning outcomes at both ends (In-Person & Remote)

Choosing the right technology for classrooms

5 Smart ways to purchase Tech Products for your school.

Education technology purchases have increased 5X times over the past 10 years.

Are they actually benefiting students in the classroom? 

As an Education technology System Integrator for K-12  schools, we urge all educators to carefully research and purchase devices and programs for their schools. 

Here are five ways to smartly purchase Edtech for your school:

  1. Have a vision for the use of the product before you buy it

We have been speaking with many school authorities over the past decade. One of the most common concerns they have is that they come across boxes and boxes of untouched laptops, projectos, Interactive boards and tablets in classrooms. Thousands of Rupees  in technology are sitting idle, collecting dust. Schools have been in a frenzy to pick up these devices over the past 10 years because that’s what educational leaders were told to do. There was never a vision for how these tools were to be used by students and teachers. By the time the items are considered for use, they are obsolete. Before you buy, have your vision in place.

  1. Make sure teachers are onboard with the purchase

Schools should have tech committees that demo different tools, programs, and devices to ensure that the product is right. It is important that teachers from around the school get to interact with the product to gain their thoughts and stamp of approval on it before spending limited funds. You want to create excitement about a product, not surprise and dismay when it shows up unannounced and not vetted in a teacher’s classroom.

  1. Ensure that new devices / software are Future proof.

There is nothing worse than getting excited about a particular software or tool, testing it out, getting a quote, purchasing it, and then finding out that your School Technology devices / software isn’t future proof. It is important that school leadership work closely with Ed Tech Consultants like C3 iT Xperts and understand the capabilities of the current infrastructure. Furthermore, school leaders need to take advise from tech consultants what they will need in the future.

  1. Understand the maintenance / replacement costs

Sadly, devices don’t last forever. They must all be replaced at a certain point in time. While it might seem like a great idea to purchase a fleet of projectors or Computers with the money, always keep in mind that money must be put aside for maintenance of these devices for years to come. You don’t want to spend tons of rupees  on EMI pattern only to have to pull back three years later because many of them are broken and there is no more money for replacements or repairs.

  1. Ensure that your purchase is attached to learning objectives

We have seen countless posts on social media of Schools using outdated technology. In most of these posts, we can’t find a learning objective or a reason for using the tech other than for the purpose of posting something on social media. At the end of the day, remember that it is about pedagogy, not technology that drives student learning.

Don’t rush out and buy the popular, shiny toy that everyone else is using just because you read about it on Social Media. Make sure that there is a reason for your purchase.

At C3, we have always work on this principle ” If it were my money, will I spend it” and we treat our customers’ funds also with same vision when we suggest for Technology expenses. You may reach out to our Ed Tech Consultants at training@c3itxperts.com or click here for a free Consultation.

21st Century Collaborative Classrooms.

Why should you consider using G Suite for Education?

Here are five good reasons:

1. G Suite for Education is free

You read that correctly. G Suite for Education is entirely free of charge. These tools are already used by millions of students in schools around the world. Of course, free is great, but the best thing is that these tools are relevant to students, easy to use, and open doors to many new ways to learn.

  • 24/7 Access
  • One Login for EVERYTHING!
  • Collaborative
  • Use on Any Device/Cross-Platform

That means huge savings are possible in servers, software licensing, email systems and dedicated IT support. For once, saving money does not mean compromising on the services offered or quality either.

2. Your Students already know how to use it

Most kids have a Gmail account, most will have used Google Drive and some may even have Chromebooks at home. Google Sheets, Docs, Calendar, Slides and Sites all use the same kind of interface and will take less than an hour for most to master. If your teachers are unfamiliar with Google applications, it won’t take them long either and we can help them get familiar with G Suite for Education. That means less time learning the system and more time using the system for learning.

3. Access G Suite for Education anywhere at any time

As G Suite for Education is cloud-based, your teachers and Students can access learning from anywhere at any time. Students can submit homework from home, teachers can manage email, assignments and preparation from anywhere and with 99.9% availability, you don’t need to worry about not being able to access your applications.

4. Huge efficiencies can be made

There are huge productivity benefits to using G Suite for Education. As mentioned, Students can turn in homework digitally which is worth the switch on its own. You can also create forms for permissions or requests and create reminders and send the link directly to parents. Google Classroom enables sharing of teaching resources and track work, grades and so much more. The possibilities are genuinely limitless.

5. You’re never on your own

G Suite for Education is fully backed and supported by Google and all Education institution customers get our expert support too. In the unlikely event something goes wrong, you can call one of our onsite techs if you have them or pick up the phone and talk to our expert help desk team at +919600033377. We will take it from there.G Suite for Education is changing the classroom in many positive ways. If you would like to know more, contact our Education Consultants at training@c3itxperts.com . We are here to help!

7 Reasons Why Teachers Struggle to use Technology in the Classroom

Schools all over India are integrating technology in their classroom. But despite the significant resources being allocated for teacher training and technology integration, many teachers have struggled with the technology. While some have faced disruptions with new devices, others have had their work impacted negatively by ICT classroom, leading to inefficient use of the technology. Here are 7 reasons why teachers are struggling to use the ICT classrooms to their full advantage: –

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