Updated: Mar 22
INQUIRER.net BrandRoom / 09:00 AM February 02, 2021
Education nowadays is compelled to make groundbreaking shifts and massive experimentation as it transitions into an entirely new modality of teaching. That is, due to the pandemic crisis that temporarily suspends classroom teaching, teachers and students have shifted to online learning via virtual classrooms all over the world. Adapting to the new normal classroom, however, is not easy, so there are many EdTech apps springing up like mushrooms, especially ClassIn—the world’s first ever online educational solutions provider.
ClassIn offers alternative and genuine virtual classroom environment. It is known worldwide as a valuable online-teaching aid for teachers who are continuously striving to ensure that the quality of education will never be compromised, especially those educators who are going above and beyond their responsibility and continually look for ways to spice up online class interactions. Follow this article, and you will know how to employ this advantageous tool in your online teaching.
What is Online Teaching?
Online teaching constitutes the process of education via the internet. It uses a variety of methods, from video calls, through video conferences, to virtual classrooms. Users can start teaching from any location and enroll audiences from backgrounds and geographical areas of all sorts, regardless of time and space.
Online teaching requires a lot in addition to such basic equipment as computers, mobile devices, and internet. Interaction with students is worth special attention. Digital resources are also particularly needed, such as PowerPoint, videos, audio lectures, PDF guides, and so on and so forth. Mostly importantly, online teaching does it utmost to get access to a mass of people. As the education expert Elliot Masie pronounces, “we need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.” ClassIn, arguably, satisfies all of these requirements.
Why to Utilize ClassIn in Online Teaching?
Anyone interested in online teaching had better take ClassIn as his solid choice. With an internet connection, both teachers and students can attend livestream lectures, learn knowledge via virtual classrooms, and coach themselves through online webinars. Most remarkably, students can participate in interactive discussions and communications as smoothly as they can in the traditional classrooms.
Recently, ClassIn collaborated with Oxford University Press to co-organize the Philippines Online Teaching Exhibition Series, where a total of seven judges from the UK, US, and the Philippines formed the judging panel and gave thorough evaluations on the teachers’ performances after their practice of ClassIn. The videos of participating teachers were assessed and evaluated based on Pedagogical Design (how they shared knowledge and inspire thinking, how they quantify, and track learning progress based on tangible results, and how relevant the content is enough to encourage individual critical thinking for students), Teaching Technique (how it encourages active engagement, what teaching tools they used, and how did they manage time in between teaching activities), and Teaching Outcome (how valuable learning behavior was quantified, and if the content provided reliable means for teacher and student to evaluate learning). With these criteria, teachers showcased their most creative and inspiring teaching prowess.
“I wanted to show that even though online teaching can be limited in some areas you can still make a way to deliver your objectives. In my entry, I focused on how the lesson can be applicable in real world situations which most students tend to neglect, especially Mathematics. ClassIn has helped me improve my method of teaching and provided possibilities for the us teachers to make the lesson engaging with the student’s ability to write, draw, raise hands, inside the virtual classroom,” the 27-year-old teacher said.
Lagura’s winning entry, besting around 50 contestants, utilized cartoon characters that reminded students to stay 2 meters away from one another when going out, then segued teaching the extremely interactive kids about units of measurement using ClassIn tools such as a video (from the internet that really matches the lesson content), a PowerPoint presentation that helped her stay on track with the flow of your lesson, pictures or terms in the virtual blackboard so that students will have something to focus on rather than a blank page.
“Resourcefulness is always key to make a good virtual classroom setting. I only used quite a few tools because too much can also be overwhelming both for the teacher and the students,” Lagura added.
The Eastbridge School, a progressive institution with a curriculum based on the Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory of Howard Gardner & Singapore Math (touted the best Math curriculum in the world) was given the special citation as the Outstanding Institution Awardee during the Teaching Exhibition series. Lagura and fellow mentors profusely thanked ClassIn not only for the award but more importantly for the teaching tools that made digital teaching and learning less difficult and more interesting.
ClassIn as an EdTech tool is relentless in providing support to teachers, school administrators, and students get back to the learning environment in the “new normal” through its various features that allow interaction similar to a classroom setting. It allows teachers to design the blackboard and lighten up the mood for the children, multiple screen-sharing to help them monitor what the students are doing.
But more than being just a teaching tool, ClassIn provides video conferencing as a ground feature which offers educators a cohesive, interactive virtual whiteboard to make it easy for teachers to conduct their classes the way they used to do in a face-to-face scenario. The more popular built-in instruction tools frequently used by both teachers and students are the virtual timer device, small blackboard, text collaborator, screen sharing, raise hands icon, and trophies (given to students for every correct answer). All these adhere to a typical classroom activity and aid teachers in creating engaging contents so students will less likely view online learning as an uninteresting and tedious task.
How to Employ ClassIn in Online Teaching?
With ClassIn, teachers can create courses, add lessons, upload learning resources, give lessons using teaching tools, assign homework, and more! You can follow the ClassIn Teacher Manual: An Ultimate Guide to ClassIn to get down to use this tool if you are a teacher interested in online teaching.
Don’t worry! If you are a student eager for knowledge through online learning, there is your guidance: ClassIn Student Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started.
ClassIn is a pioneering online teaching platform that empowers teachers and students to come together online and learn in a collaborative virtual environment. With a united, interactive blackboard, a suite of essential teaching tools, and a cloud service that allows easy access to teaching materials, ClassIn has almost all tolls educators need to produce engaging classes online. Whether they are teaching ESL, Math, Science, Art, Music, Coding or offering professional development courses, ClassIn’s mission is to enhance online education by providing teachers and institutions the platform they need to make online learning personal and engaging for the students. Currently, ClassIn has over 60,000 partner schools and institutions and 20 million monthly active users from more than 150 countries like the UK, US, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, UAE, Spain, and now, the Philippines, successfully delivering 200,000,000+ class hours.