Are online classes as effective when students are learning from home?
A common concern since the spring school closures has been that students might lose out on instruction they need and fall behind peers. They need teachers with virtual competency that know how to make an impact in an online environment.
For over a decade, PLI (Proximity Learning Inc.) has trained hundreds of teachers to work in a virtual classroom. New teachers are prepared well in advance of their first day of instruction by sitting in on the lessons of experienced virtual teachers, being assigned a mentor to help guide them and answer questions, and learning the platforms and tools necessary to provide a quality education online.
As the 2019-20 school year finished on an unexpected note due to COVID-19, an anonymous survey completed by over 800 Proximity Learning students revealed that 80% of students said they feel prepared for the 2020-21 school year after continuing their education from home with their Proximity Learning teacher during school closures.
This experience has paid off – now, over 600 Proximity Learning teachers are instructing students entirely online through live video conferencing, ensuring they don’t miss a beat, whether they’re learning within a school or at home. The study found that PLI students did not suffer the same challenging barriers that traditional schools encountered because they and the teachers were already familiar with the technology and software.
Additionally, many PLI teachers wanted their classroom to be a safe space during a challenging time and made sure to put students first by adjusting the class to suit their needs. One way they did this was by giving students a couple of minutes to socialize with classmates they hadn’t been able to see.
Live video instruction is arguably more effective from home because students are provided with consistency and a sense of normalcy by having set class times during the week where they log on, see familiar faces, and get to learn something new.
In classes that were asked to review material during school closures rather than teach new lessons, PLI teachers gave students a class to look forward to with fun review games and science experiments. There is an increasing number of tools and resources available for teachers to take advantage of in their online classes that personalize the lesson and content towards what their students need, therefore encouraging students to interact and take control of their learning.
As the U.S. continues to face uncertainties of what the future of education will look like, data now proves that synchronous online education from a certified Proximity Learning instructor successfully prepares K-12 students for their future – including the likelihood of attending a four-year college. By providing learners with high-quality learning experiences, no matter if they are in the classroom or at home, Proximity Learning helps students stay competitive and brighten their path forward.
How can your district benefit from synchronous online education? Whether through filling vacant teaching positions or training your district’s teachers, Proximity Learning’s decade of experience practicing and refining synchronous online education can help you lead the way this Fall and ensure that your district’s students are getting the best virtual education experience possible.