NCERT suggests social media apps and how to use them for online teaching

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NCERT suggested using various social media apps to teach students online

New Delhi:

NCERT recently released the Alternate Academic Calendar for Primary Grades. Keeping in mind the current situation and the challenges faced in teaching a primary school child, the alternative timetable suggests activities and the channels that can be used to carry out these activities. Social media, with its wide reach and popularity, is an obvious inclusion.

“Given unprecedented social distancing and home quarantines due to COVID-19, social media platforms have immense potential to aid teaching and learning processes. When physical access to schools and colleges is closed, we can leverage these platforms to effectively conduct academic activities in innovative ways,” NCERT writes in the alternative program document.

NCERT not only recommended social media apps, but also suggested ways for teachers and educators to use each platform.

1.Whatsapp – The instant messaging platform can be used for group calls to organize a virtual class and post assignments. Teachers can create a whatsapp group for grade level students and share the link to learning resources in a group or share a downloaded document/own recorded voice/self-created document on a topic. The teacher can also help parents with tips on how to engage learners at home.

2.Facebook – The predominant social media platform can be used to create groups by subject and class and share educational content in various forms. Additionally, they can interact with students, give live lectures, host a watch party, and more. Teachers can also give feedback to individual students through Facebook Messenger.

3. Twitter – The microblogging website can be used to get information, engage students, follow interested communities, share ideas on specific topics, etc. It can improve engagement and collaboration between peers, students and teachers. The teacher can tweet the assignments, link to other resources or web pages.

4. Edmodo – This is a free and secure online educational learning network. Teachers can create a digital classroom space on edmodo where students can work together and share ideas and resources. The platform’s quiz maker or polling feature can be used to assess a student’s progress. The platform can also be used to encourage students to share their work for peer review and feedback.

5.Instagram – The photo and video sharing platform can be used for visual storytelling. The platform can also be used to share relevant and educational videos. IGTV gives users the ability to share videos up to an hour long.

6. Telegram – During the NISHTHA training, many states like Assam, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab and Rajasthan used Telegram to share information and best practices. The same can be replicated now and teachers can use the platform to interact with their peers and students on various topics.

7. Blogger – This is a blog posting service provided by Google. Blogs can be used to write and share material on difficult topics of different subjects. Teachers can post educational learning materials on blogs by adding images, videos, audios, PPTs, etc. A common class blog can also be created using WordPress, and a community of teachers and students can post and discuss concepts and ideas together.

8.Skype – The video call platform can be used for live chats and sharing requests. It can also be used to explore virtual field trips, host guest speaker sessions, and more.

9.Pinterest – This is another visual social network that can be used by teachers to search for visual resources and ideas by category. The platform can be used by teachers and parents to come up with arts and crafts and DIY ideas for students.

10. Youtube – Teachers can create subject and subject-based reading lists and share them with students. They can also filter out videos that are conceptually and instructionally correct. Videos can be automatically translated into local languages, making them useful for everyone.

11. LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a platform for professionals and can be used to network with peers and share teaching ideas and tips.

12. Google Hangout – Teachers can use Hangout to live stream the lesson from their home and students can join the live lesson from their respective home. Smaller groups can be formed within a classroom for group discussion and peer-to-peer learning between students, through audio or video chats.

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