While in school and college every student must have prayed that the teacher or professor wouldn’t call on them while asking questions. Raising our hands in class for fear of saying something stupid or making a fool of ourselves was a major deterrent. A significant barrier that used to prevent us from asking questions as a child would be the worry that we would embarrass ourselves by making an inappropriate comment or appearing ridiculous in front of our peers. Instead, most students would remain anonymous to avoid making a public speech before their peers. The scenario has changed today; we live in a digital era where we don’t need a physical classroom. Children today need just an internet connection and a cloud-based educational tool like Blackbaud, and they can ask questions without being embarrassed.
However, active participation in the classroom increases critical and higher-level thinking abilities. Participation in class shows that students have done their homework and are confident enough to share what they’ve learned with the rest of the group. This degree of thinking goes beyond simple text comprehension and boosts memory. As a result of working together, students can better understand the material by participating. The student-teacher connection may benefit as a result.
So, let’s head toward the ways which can ensure max participation of children in online education:
Holding regular sessions:
Maintaining consistency on your end will encourage the learners you have to participate and make an effort to learn more. Holding lessons consistently will help your students appreciate the time and effort you put into instructing them, which, in turn, will encourage them to learn more as a way of expressing their appreciation for all of your hard work. To guarantee that your teaching is consistent and your students are on the same page, you should have frequent sessions.
Continue the discussion:
The majority of learning takes place outside the classroom. Therefore, after the class gets over, make an effort to continue the discussion. An excellent option for students to have a dialogue about the lecture topic is to participate in a discussion. After the session, you can continue the discourse with your students by using this method. Make use of live question-and-answer sessions and online forums and conversations. This increases the level of engagement shown by learners and promotes learning among peers. Furthermore, students must be rewarded for participating in conversations by asking and answering questions.
Interactions that are not directly related to the job at hand but contribute to the development of a cooperative learning community are referred to as “non-task interactions.” You will be able to make these kinds of interactions easier to have if you use the social networking features included in a variety of LMS. The social networking features offered in many LMS, including chat and web conferencing, can be used to facilitate these kinds of interactions. Students can form interactive groups or study groups using the group feature.
Ask children to explain the subject on your behalf:
Sometimes all a child needs to conquer their worries is a little bit of push and encouragement. After introducing a topic, you can invite your students to select a topic and explain it to the rest of the class during the following session. Students’ participation and understanding of the subject matter will improve, and this can be used as a confidence-building exercise for the students themselves. While doing so, they will be able to understand their material to the fullest extent while overcoming their anxiety over public speaking and stage fear.
Use creative tools:
You can increase the children’s participation to a greater extent by using as many creative methods as possible. Because you now have access to both digital data and the internet, you should make an effort to teach using as many different methods as possible. If you want your students to acquire their concepts more effectively and efficiently, you can consider using several media types, such as presentations, video clips, photographs, and films. They will find it much simpler and more convenient to remember information about a subject presented to them in the form of visuals like these.
There is a wide variety of strategies available to increase participation in a live virtual classroom. These are some ideas to consider using as starting points. We want to encourage you to use what works for you, alter the concepts to make them function in your classroom or school, create new tactics and share them, and collaborate with your coworkers to generate new ideas.