We often confuse a child’s youth for their resilience. It is the year 2021 and a year and half into the global pandemic that forced the world to shift on its axis. While we have all lost precious time and experience to the pandemic’s siege, the one demographic that has had it worse, in terms of adaptation, is the student population.
Learning is an inherently social experience. While the prime objective of sending children to schools may be to improve their academic performances, there are other, very vital skills students pick up in school. Children learn to reason, to socialise, to validate their opinions and interact with a diverse range of people in their learning environment that sets the stage for their adulthood. Children have lost out on all these over the pandemic.
Experts believe that there is scope for this generation of learners to be more anxious and fear riddled than the ones before and it is only natural since they have experienced a catastrophe of such a global nature. With schools slowly reopening around the world, classrooms now look more like a view from a dystopian film set rather than a learning environment where children were previously required to sit in groups, have conversations with their friends and do activities that require them to verbally communicate and be close to each other.
Images have surfaced of classrooms following the covid upgrade with each desk shielded by a plastic case, students required to wear masks and large gaps in seating arrangements to avoid crowding and milling. While we may understand why the safety nets have been placed, students may find this environment a stressful and scary one to be in. As mentioned previously, learning is an inherently social experience with many children fulfilling their social needs at school through their teachers and classmates. Now with the mandate requiring fewer conversations interpersonally and teachers cutting down on instructional time by using digital tools, how best can we make the current situation the most optimum one?
At TagHive, we have a solution to this problem! We make classroom solutions that don’t break covid mandates by also making it a fun and safe space for children to come and enjoy their learning. Here’s how:
1. Clickers for the student
Our clickers have been designed to gather student responses in real-time without any need for verbal communication. The idea is to gamify teaching in such a manner that students are excited about giving their responses through a toy-like clicker system while also creating value for learning.
2. Clickers for teachers
Teachers can save a lot of time and energy by using the teacher clicker as a regulator in conducting sessions. Teachers can use the clicker to manoeuvre through the desktop app from a distance. This reduces the amount of time teachers have to spend speaking; they can use it instead to conduct quizzes over the desktop app, engaging students and retaining student attention.
One key element that goes a miss with time being spent on covid protocols is report gathering. The new mandates are all physically and emotionally exhausting, leaving teachers with very little time to conduct quizzes and spot student lags quickly. With Class Saathi, teachers can gather real-time evidence of student performance in the classroom as the system records student responses to quizzes instantly. Teachers can review both individual and class performances and take corrective action instantly. We, thereby reduce the burden on teachers by taking away one very daunting task off their list!
4. Our features
Who says there needs to be a sacrifice of group time in class with all the covid mandates? Our desktop app has group project and quiz features that allow students to interact with each other without breaking any protocols. What’s even cooler is that students can use the clickers to give real-time feedback to their peers, making the classroom as interactive if not exactly interactive as before.
5. Our fully malleable system
Our product is so versatile that it can adapt to any environment seamlessly. The power of our system lies in how cleverly it has been designed to work in any system. The thought is to make classrooms a less stressful experience for both students and teachers and we have managed to deliver on these promises even with covid being a surprise guest in this mix.
Our prime objective is to make classroom interaction a happy experience for all involved. Now with the pandemic still at large, parents are worried about sending their children back to school with safety being a prime concern. Teachers are worried that the new protocols will distract students from their objectives and stress them out further. Administrators are worried that all the above responses compounded will reduce student performance. With Class Saathi, all these worries are eliminated simply because our system addresses all these concerns effectively while also ensuring that students continue to strive in their academics. For this reason, it has become a product of choice, especially in the post covid world, for schools in South Korea with over 750 schools trusting Class Saathi to keep students happy.
When schools in India are finally ready to re-open, we promise that our products will demand space in the learning environment. Want to see how? Mail us at [email protected] for a demonstration!