Greetings from Bishop Scott Boys’ School Patna!
COVID-19 pandemic has led to secure disruptions in normal life, including the closure of schools. It has impacted over 240 million children of the country who are enrolled in schools.
Extended school closures may cause loss of learning. To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, all the schools have been instructed by CBSE as well as MHRD to remodel and reimagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far, but also to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school and at NO cost it should be treated as Zero Academic Year.
Guidelines for Digital Education:
Classroom teaching would resume only when the conditions are conducive which is why the Government is focusing more on the online classes so that the academic year 2020-21 does not go in vain and this has to be understood by all the students as well as the Parents
The guidelines issued by Central Govt. on digital education provide a roadmap or pointers for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education and make sure that session 2020-21 comes out to be a radical change in the education history.
The guidelines coming down from CBSE, include eight steps of online or digital learning — plan, review, arrange, guide, talk, assign, track and appreciate. These steps guide the planning and implementation of digital education step-by-step with examples.
Physical, mental health and wellbeing during digital education, cyber safety and ethical practices, including precautions and measures for maintaining cyber safety and collaboration, and convergence with various initiatives are among the various issues for which school heads, teachers, parents and students, need to work in collaboration
In the present environment of stress, we have to not only keep our children busy but also to maintain continuity of their learning in their new classes. In this context, NCERT has developed an Alternative Academic Calendar for all the stages of school education which has been included Our Study Materials, RPAs, Assignments, Projects and Online Assessments.
There are two kinds of online learning i.e. Synchronous and Asynchronous, teaching that all the schools have been instructed to balance. In BSBS, the earlier is being done through LIVE-CLASSES using MS TEAM and the latter is being done by MindHour app, SCM, RPAs, WhatsApp, YouTube Videos, Chat Box HW/CW etc.
Assessment may be made an integral part of online learning programs in order to ensure achievement of learning outcomes at each level
The schools have been asked to plan out Assessment in such a manner that
- Too much dependence on pen-paper may be avoided. Alternative methods of assessment through online classes, social media, blogs and mobile phones need to be promoted and thus accordingly Google Links have been developed which will move to the next step of testing in upcoming days.
- Students’ activities during lockdown must promote alternative modes of assessment like working on projects, portfolios, conducting home-based experiments, interaction , creating prose, poetry and improving literacy skills. These need to be assessed accordingly and the school has devised methods like Integrated Projects/ Day to day assessments/ Art Integration and Co-curricular activities.
- Schools have been asked to follow a process of continuous formative online assessment to enable students to learn and succeed and to be considered as a criterion for promotion to the higher class.
- Students need to evaluated and credit score to be given based on Attendance, Portfolio, Multiple Assessments, Online Assessments, Subject Enrichment activities and various alternate measures.
Guidelines for Parents:
Parents need to understand their role in digital education; specifically, for students in the age group of 3-12 years. They need to be with their children while they are attending online classes or watching TV.
- In case the students face a problem during the class, parents either can resolve it themselves or talk to teachers about the same for which WhatsApp Groups have been created, Numbers of WhatsApp Group Admins, HR teachers and even the number of Vice-Principal has been shared.
- Teachers are guiding students and parents on the assessment of their work as well as the process that they have followed to complete their assignments as calling is being done by the HR teachers on a regular note and Online PTM has also been conducted in this regard.
- The COVID-19 has brought with it many new challenges in the learning spectrum for parents, families and especially children.
- Parents’ role will now be amplified to keep their children engaged in learning and at the same time to look after their emotional well-being as well as physical health.
- Keep TV/ laptops/ computers etc. in a common area and definitely out of bedrooms. This will help in restricting usage time and you can easily keep an eye on the child’s overall usage of digital devices.
- CBSE has recently released a manual on cybersecurity for learners. Parents may like to go through it on and also scan the QR codes in the manual and watch the related videos. http://cbseacademic.nic.in/web_material/Manuals/Cyber_Safety_Manual.pdf
Guidelines for Students:
Maintain a schedule for sleep, food and a fixed time to be spent on the internet for learning.
- Every day read from textbooks and read other books as well.
- Access the digital resources provided through the various national ICT initiatives.
- Take notes during the online class and review them offline.
- During online activities take small breaks to stand up and move away from the screen. During this break, take a quick walk indoors, do a few stretch exercises.
- Avoid using mobile/internet surfing 40 minutes before going to bed
- Seek parents’ permission before sharing any personal information on the Internet
- Follow netiquette and behave responsibly while online.
- Staying in the same posture for prolonged periods is undesirable. Besides, prolonged exposure to digital devices can have negative impacts on other aspects of health and wellbeing also.
- Sit on the chair straight in an upright sitting posture, maintaining right angles at the ankles, knees, hips and elbows.
- Head is forward-facing, and balanced. Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms touch at the side of the body.
- Practicing Yoga and physical exercises on a regular basis
- Keep responsible uses of the internet and how its misuse can cause harm to one’s academic, personal, social and mental wellbeing.
In the present context, a world full of challenges lies in front us with constraints in terms of availability of resources, switching over to digital modes of education is full of challenges but still we have done it with the help and co-operation of Our School Management, Teachers and Parents and we look forward to covering miles ahead.
So, let’s join hands for a change that will sustain post-COVID-19 also. Such collaboration will help to continuously enhance the quality of education and skill development of all our students and going beyond the promises which we have made
Team BSBS, Patna