Remodelling Education Landscape With Hybrid Learning Tools
The past several months have turned all industries upside down. The ripple effect of the unprecedented coronavirus has left the whole world stranded. And, the education industry is no exception!
As we write, we are positive; many parents and students are stuck in the ambiguous maze of questions and answers, with no clear timelines.
While disruption and innovation have been at its peak, educators and online learning platforms have deservingly gained from the situation. Here’s how.
How Learning and Teaching Changed Post-Pandemic?
Many institutes have been hesitant in changing the education structure and adopting technological reforms in learning. However, as they say, a crisis is the mother of innovation, and technology has proven itself in extraordinary ways.
As per data from Microsoft – More than 150 million students, faculty, institutional leaders, and teachers have resorted to Microsoft Education products, with Microsoft Teams at the fulcrum, to engage more and more students in remote learning.
Educators and parents are turning to digital tools for learning and teaching. Teachers and education authorities are in the process of shortlisting new formats that offer a more inclusive, collaborative, and safe digital learning experience. However, while education and its ancillary tools are available online, issues like security and child-friendly content are mooted up by parents and education authorities.
In an attempt to encompass the above problems, ample IT solution providers switched business strategies and rushed to the unchartered market of education, to remodel the traditional learning and education landscape.
However, it is hard to predict and validate their preparedness as well as the efficiency of the solutions.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is a recognized name in the education sector. They maintain a proven track record of communication, collaboration, and enhancing the productivity of students, teachers and educators.
Instead of force-fitting an unfamiliar education software, it is advisable to get your hands dirty in the established Microsoft education solution.
Let us take a quick walkthrough MS education solutions and unlock the limitless potential of remote learning.
How Microsoft and its Partners are Bringing Foundational Change in Education?
Engaging students, cultivating social-emotional thinking, boosting creativity, and managing genuine participation are key challenges of remote learning. Even students seek assurance and motivation in times of crisis and uncertainty with remote schooling.
Having considered the above challenges, Microsoft’s ingenious professionals have designed and structured learning styles, collaborative tools, and real-time data platforms to offer unmatched education experience.
Out of the sea of solutions offered by Microsoft, the education program encompasses the following software solution and tools-
Recently, Microsoft Teams has gained a lot of traction in the educator’s community across the globe.
The recent announcement of features, including an expanded audience view of up to 49 participants, customized backgrounds, student insights, and virtual breakout rooms, among other new features, will enhance the MS Teams’ experience for faculty and students in the upcoming school year.
Microsoft is continuously introducing and innovating the education landscape. Here are a few highly-awaited functionalities that make MS Teams more appealing as a meeting platform for schools and higher institutes-
- Participants on Screen– Dramatic increase in the number of attendees allows collaboration of 49 participants in a 7X7 screen.
- Student Insights– Get used to analytics data to track student performance and engagement. And shortly, we are expecting more filtered and distilled class insights highlighting key trends.
- Ask Questions– Now, students can get their queries answered systematically by raising a virtual hand.
- Control the Classroom better– Faculties will receive more authority and controls to manage classrooms, conduct attendance, and identify fraudulent students.
- Professional Background– Classroom environment can be brought online with less distracting, professional backgrounds.
While we write, many of these features are already available, and a few will be released any time now.
Microsoft does not stop here. To deal with more complex student situations and empower kids with disabilities, Microsoft will be making UserVoice items a reality soon.
Remote Everything Culture Is Now A Reality
As we reflect, the coexistence of classroom and remote learning has gathered steam amongst parents and educators, eventually becoming a certainty.
Every student’s education journey needs a 360-degree makeover with powerful technology and innovative facilities. Exposure to ease-to-use, built-in tools can simplify interactions with teachers beyond the classroom and enable a personalized learning environment and curriculum.
According to Microsoft, the following 5 C’s are mandatory for future-ready students-
- Critical Thinking
- Computational Thinking
And, Hybrid learning is the perfect arrangement to encourage early preparation and acquire inter-personal skills in students.
How Is De Facto Infotech Supporting Hybrid Learning?
Now more than ever, the essence of hybrid learning exists and gains acceptance amongst students and parents.
De facto Infotech is riding the same boat of remote everything culture and encourages technology in education. And, sensing the sharp uptick in remote learning, de facto Infotech is trying to bring Microsoft education program closer to you.
The Covid-19 situation turned the face of education, and many schools and institutes were caught unprepared. As an experienced Microsoft partner, we identified the COVID-19 crisis as the right to time to assist schools and higher institutes in remodeling their learning methods. Thus, we wish to leverage Microsoft technology to create a community of comfortable students and empowered parents, while making the transition into hybrid learning – smooth and stable.
Now, the question looking ahead is how educators and parents will adopt the coexistence of classroom and remote learning after this crisis? Well, only time will tell.
In the meantime, learn more about how you can transform your school or institute into a crisis-averse education center.