Support with Online Learning

The World Economic Forum has been doing some interesting thinking into what skills workers in the 21st century are going to need.  Now many of these skills are not new, but the WEF does suggest a shift.  As an educator, I am delighted to see an increased focus on creativity.  Of course, this needs to be properly focussed.  Let us hope that Earlscliffe students are not using their creativity in the following ways that have emerged during online learning for students to avoid work.


  1. Students who change their Zoom name to ‘reconnecting’ and turn their camera off to suggest connectivity problems.
  2. Looping a short piece of video of the student staring at the screen, to imitate avid attention.
  3. Students downloading white noise and playing it back to imitate sound issues to avoid having to answer a question.


Of course, online learning does offer challenges: being seated for a long period of time; tiredness from staring at a screen; the lack of real human contact and of course connectivity issues.


In order to overcome such issues, students should feel free to ask for a break halfway through a long lesson, and take the chance to walk around.


Finding a view out of the window that allows your eyes to focus on things far away can give the eyes a break.


A little bit of seated yoga might help:

But the best thing to do is to find a way of connecting with others outside of lesson time too.  It is for this reason that we have put so much time and effort into our co-curricular program called SCS (Sports, Culture and Service) to make it work online.  Please encourage your child to engage this way and connect with other students.


I hope that these tips and hints will help until we can all meet again in person and enjoy the best of education in the best way: face to face.


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