Back to school in e-learning

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In the world of online learning, back to school means a new term for new digital adventures, exciting audios and visuals, online assignments, and limitless learning resources.

But the success of implementing e-learning programs is no accident. It requires preparations, clear vision and goals, pre-checking of equipment, testing of systems and software as well as wise purchase of gadgets, and then thorough study.

This weekend is the last phase of preparations for the start of the school year. For early risers, it’s been a hive of activity for students and teachers into e-learning, as they made sure their computers and other e-learning paraphernalia were in tip-top shape.

Jabulani Ncube, a second-year science engineering student at NUST, said he made sure his personal computer was in good condition and ready to perform at an optimal level.

“I upgraded my machine from Windows 10 to Windows 11 which is more user friendly for latest browsers. I also managed to install two antiviruses with latest updates to avoid being affected as I did last quarter. The other software I have installed is screen capture. I’m sure it will also help me to capture sites that I can’t copy.

“I urge parents to support online learning initiatives by purchasing enough supplies. Parents should also ensure that their children have e-learning gadgets such as laptops, tablets, headphones, USB drives and power supplies.

These are now as important as textbooks and workbooks. Owners should remember to write down laptop serial numbers as well as secure them with a password.

Taking photos and storing them on another gadget is advisable in case of theft and recovery. Funds permitting, putting a tracker is the ultimate answer,” he said.

Mavis Mugudu, a 23-year-old ICT teacher at Blessed Junior School, said her back to school was preoccupied with ensuring school computers were loaded with age-appropriate content beneficial to learners. .

“Lately, I had little exciting digital content for the first years. You see young learners like to learn through games, so I managed to find some for them. e-learning for this term and I have decided to organize an IT day, I am finalizing the logistics and soon I will engage the key players who will contribute to the success of this day.

“At the beginning of the year, our school made the decision to introduce students’ computer skills to parents so that they would understand and appreciate what their children are doing. The big challenge is that most parents are able to use computers. This event will therefore reflect the activities we have carried out during the year,” she said.

Antony Bingi (18), a sixth-grade student at a private college in the Avenues district, had no kind words for schools that fail to properly plan the start of the school year.

“Schools need to ensure they confirm with their ICT teachers that they are returning to avoid the inconvenience of looking for a teacher after schools open like what we did earlier this year.

“We went a month without an ICT teacher and that deprived us of many opportunities to use the new computer lab,” Bingi said.

“Another important thing is that ICT teachers should check if computer accessories such as mice, keyboards, cables and wall plug adapters are working. Toner cartridges and bond paper should also be purchased at the advance.

“It demotivates students to see teachers looking for these resources on the day of the lesson when fees would have been paid upfront,” he said.

But above all, this start of the school year is the best time for teachers to improve their computer skills. They must refuse to teach as they have learned.

Norma A. Roth