Online learning for children’s education has become commonplace in a startlingly short amount of time. Before March, the option of online learning for early elementary was selected only by those who really wanted it and thought it was the best option for their kids. Now, many people have found themselves doing virtual education, whether they like the idea or not. Even as schools begin to open for in-person learning, many find themselves intermittently returning to online learning in instances of outbreaks or inclement weather. Since this online setting seems to be around to stay, we need to figure out how to help our kids succeed in online learning.
Luckily, online learning isn’t a completely new concept and many companies have been doing it successfully for years. Some companies, like CodeWizardsHQ, have been doing it exclusively since they were founded. There are tried and true principles that help kids succeed in these settings and can help your kids succeed, too.
- Strategically Pick a Location
The first step to success is setting your kids up in the right environment for learning. You want for them to be in a place free of distractions where they can focus on the class and you also want them to be accessible if they need help. Consider the spatial distance from where they’re setting up to where you will be spending your time and also consider where they might be least distracted. A bedroom, a desk in the dining room, a make-shift cubicle in the living room, and a revamped hall closet have all been successful venues for different students. You may have to try a few settings to determine what’s best for your child.
- Develop Basic Computer Skills
Before you can expect students to succeed in online learning, they need to know the basics of navigating a computer. They should know how to turn it on, how to launch a program, and how to use the mouse and keyboard. They should become familiarized with the features of the learning platform they’re using.
- Invest in the Right Equipment
Usually a tablet is insufficient for online learning. A laptop is needed for the screen size and the ability to navigate. The cameras and microphones that come preinstalled on computers are not always the best, so they may need to be upgraded. Make sure the software is properly installed and the devices are well positioned before class starts. Your child may also find that a mouse and mousepad are easier to manage than a laptop’s mouse touchpad. Observe your child using their equipment and pinpoint the areas of frustration so that you can find solutions for them.
- Stay Engaged
It’s a good idea to stay present in the first 15-20 minutes of any new class. This gives you an opportunity to see the teacher and understand how the class will flow. From here you can follow up with your kids on how the class went and stay up to date on their progress.
- Keep them Active
Sitting in front of a screen all day can be hard. So make sure they get some sunlight and move their bodies! A run around the yard or up and down the steps of an apartment complex can be a great way to get the blood pumping between classes. Go for a walk around the neighborhood or at the park to make sure your kid is staying healthy and active!
A new routine can be hard to settle into, especially when you or your kids are not happy with the change. But there is success to be had in online learning. While there are more online learning tips, these 5 will get you started on the path to success! You may even find that remote learning is an exciting option that grants access to new opportunities, such as coding classes, art classes, and music classes.