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5 ways to be a great teacher

There are plenty of people in the academia, who have mulled over how to become a great teacher? Experts and educationists have suggested remedies and some certain quick fix strategies. Perhaps an ebook or a teacher’s guide is the way forward in this day and age. No matter what he or she does, teachers have always been at the forefront of criticism and fire. Are students and teachers the sides of the same coin or are they not? It is important to note that teaching is also about mentoring and inspiration. Teachers often straddle this thin red line of being both educator and idol.

Here are 5 good ways that traditionally have helped make great teachers:

Teaching is about partnerships: If you are willing to walk an extra mile as a teacher, then you should forge a partnership with all stakeholders. No student is too young nor too old to be held accountable and taken care of. In this case, as a teacher your primary worry should be about building communication inroads with students, parents and administrators that help monitor individual performance.

You should stand accountable too like your students: If you are a teacher, you would know that whatever you do is not infallible. You should rise beyond the halo and stand accountable to your peers and students. Don’t try to defer things. Attend to responsibilities now. Keep records of class activity and students. Knowing your subject is not good enough. Be a convincing teacher, one that is thorough and honest. Admitting mistakes is also fine provided you learn from these and never repeat. Accepting responsibility is part of your DNA.

Try to withstand adversity: There are many troubles teachers face in schools, colleges and university. Online tutors too face the heat all too often from parents and students who are ready to pounce at you at the slightest provocation. You should know how to balance contention, controversy, conflict and failure all in the same breath. You have to realize that adversity is your strange bedfellow that will stay with you your entire career. You should be able to handle disagreements not just with fellow teachers but also with students and their guardians.

Take the long view to success: If you want steady returns from your students and want to see the success rate double in your classroom, then you have to take the longish view of things. Academics is not about quick results. It’s about staying put for decades, seeing students ride high on success later in life. Just like forging partnerships, a great teacher forges motivation and praise with long term goals.

Be competent and good rather than being just good: A good teacher may sometimes be incompetent as an administrator or even an educator. You need to stay abreast with latest in your area and also be a great human being. Competency and goodness are not mutually exclusive in teaching! Your interest in your students’ lives and their performances also is part of your key responsibility area or KRA.

Finally, if you are a Gen Next teacher who lives with the times, you should open up to the case of virtual learning and web based platforms. These often use e learning tools and new methods that enable students to learn in an interactive method. Websites and education experts such as MyEdge have a host of these new technologies that an expert teacher needs to teach a “class”. The faster you embrace such methods and technology, the better your success ratio!

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How students make use of technology at home

With advent of e-learning technologies, the students have been presented with another alternative for improving their understanding of subjects and ultimately improve their grades. Virtual Classrooms & MOOCs have become extremely popular amongst students across the world who now regularly use recorded videos & online course material for referral purposes. Unfortunately, the percentage of students who go on to complete such online courses is low but things are expected to change drastically in the foreseeable future.

Students can take part in these classes from the comfort of their homes, coffee shops, travelling etc. The classes and online courses can be accessed through their computers, mobile phones and tablets. The students can take notes electronically which can have a beneficial impact on the valuable study time whilst avoiding any unnecessary wastage of paper. Environment friendly learning!

Making use of tools for learning

Sharing notes within the study group is easier than before for students through cloud-based tools such as Evernote and the Google Drive. Google Drive not only allows the students to share but also create and edit the course outlines as well. The tools make it easy for the students to access notes, add comments and keep track of all the recent changes. Wikipedia is an important source which students make use of frequently, to look up on a particular topic. They can refer to the works cited by the article for additional resource.

Beyond the physical classroom environment

Apart from engaging in virtual classrooms, students refer to social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MyEdge to connect with experts. They share ideas and resources with individuals who have the expertise in subjects of their choice. Additionally, it is now possible to hold relevant thought provoking conversations across geography virtually. Technology plays an important role in academics today as it provides the students an opportunity to continue learning outside the classroom and make the best of a broader online learning environment.

How conferencing is useful

Few web-based conferencing tools such as Google Hangouts, MyEdge Virtual Classrooms are used by students to converse with experts. Additionally, with Google Handout and Google Docs, the students can share their research findings easily. Virtual Conferencing allows the students to hold team meetings for group projects by interacting with their peers and instructors in real-time.

Adoption of technology

In an online class, it is not uncommon for the students to feel the need of digital content and tutorials. Accessing valuable resources through a click of a button is now possible through websites & mobile applications. Honing specific skills and hobbies has also been made easy with the power of the internet.

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Features of virtual classrooms

The many advantages of virtual classrooms:

As new technology grows in leaps and bounds, One of the new and tested  technology which has emerged is Virtual Classroom. The virtual classrooms today come with many features, but to benefit the most, the basic features are a pre-requisite. When you select a virtual classroom, being able to handle technology well is important. Many participants across the globe log into the virtual classrooms at the same time. Additionally, being able to archive the individual sessions so that you have the essential back-up is important for learners who are unable to fix the issues which crop up during the live session. By archiving, the learners can assess their learning once in a while.

Add-ons of these classrooms:

A virtual classroom can be defined as an online classroom which allows the participants to easily communicate with each other, view the videos and the presentations, interact with other participants and engage with all the resources in various work groups. In a virtual classroom, the learners and instructors around the world can participate in the live classes, collaborate and interact. The greatest advantage of the virtual classrooms is that they are affordable. You can save a considerable amount of money as you no longer have to spend on travel expenses. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection.

Practical and convenient:

It is extremely easy to record the classes as they happen. Whether it is the presentations, the visuals or the audio, you can easily access the content which is being delivered. This is an added benefit for all the learners who cannot understand a class at the first go. Practical and proven, a virtual classroom offers a learning environment where all the participants can take part in the learning at the same time. It is far more convenient, scientific and less tedious than the traditional classrooms.

E-learning an increasing phenomena:

With most universities offering virtual classrooms today, e-learning is fast picking up. E-learning involves visual, auditory and text features which can change the face of teaching. Several organizations today are adopting the idea of virtual classrooms to cut down on the funds and resources required to train their employees. The technology of virtual classrooms is fast being adopted by people all over the world.

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Why The Modi Government is Emphasizing on MOOCs & Virtual Classes

In the recently announced fiscal budget for the year 2014-15, India’s finance minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has allocated Rs. 100 crores (approximately $17 million) for online courses and virtual classrooms. This may have been surprising for many, but we at MyEdge had already predicted such a move given the massive demand supply gap and thrust of the new government on technology.   Read more

5 ways to be a great teacher
How students make use of technology at home
Features of virtual classrooms
Why The Modi Government is Emphasizing on MOOCs & Virtual Classes