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Online (Mathematics) learning in a post COVID world

 

Now schools are back, are we back to what we used to do, or are there valuable lessons that can be gleaned from this challenging time of school lockdowns and closures? What are the lessons we have learnt throughout the COVID closure period that will leave us in a stronger position once we get back to face to face teaching?

Firstly we shouldn't go back to what was normal pre COVID19, because we live in a different time now. There have been many challenges, and successes during school closures, successes that we can build on to make us more efficient and resilient in the future. When it comes to embracing technology, some feel that this is the beginning of the end for teachers, and that in some way technology will replace face to face instruction. In fact the opposite is true. What technology can do, is to reduce teacher workload (content delivery), and improve teacher effectiveness (identification of key learning priorities and learning needs).

COVID-19 highlighted the need to have practices and solutions in place in regular classroom routines that can continue to be effective if students are unable to attend school.  iLearn Education created some Google Slides for their teachers to download and adapt to continue to make learning visible at school or at home allowing students to post their achievements and reflect on their learning, activities they struggled with and those they enjoyed and why.  If effective classroom usage around digital technologies such as Maths-Whizz are embedded while students are at school, there is no reason why these cannot continue if students are at home with online technologies available and support resources available through education partners like iLearn Education.

Lessons learnt during COVID19 will mean that for many, it will be less of an issue when students are absent (sick, hospitalised, family holiday), meaning that learning can continue remotely, and teachers can stay in contact with learners. Effective AI tools like Maths-Whizz will supply the content, provide teaching, and more importantly for teachers, provide real time progress and assessment data allowing for very specific identification of student learning needs through a process we call “Course Correction”.

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  • Maths-Whizz is a great programme that develops independence and helps us cater to the individual learning needs of our students. The data that our teachers receive is easily accessible in a detailed report and assists with further development of an effective Mathematical learning environment. Maths-Whizz is easy to integrate into the classroom and makes any program more effective.

    Russell Burt
    Principal, Pt England School

  • Maths-Whizz is by far, the best online programme that I have ever come across and I would have no hesitation about recommending it to any school. It provides each student with a personalised maths programme that enables them to work specifically at their level, have their own learning needs addressed and allows them work at their own pace. Putting together such individualised teaching and learning in any other programme would take hours and hours of planning. The tracking of students is second to none. Maths-Whizz is a fantastic teaching and learning programme that I would never be without.

    Veronica Stevens
    Deputy Principal, Wellesley College

  • Maths-Whizz has been fantastic for engaging our students, especially those with diverse learning needs, including children on the autism spectrum. They like the personalisation of the programme, the level of challenge and how fun it is. Maths-Whizz has been a hugely beneficial support for the maths learning of our students.

    Fiona White
    Deputy Principal & Teacher, Khandallah School

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