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As today's scenario has urged educators to shift from physical classrooms to online virtual learning classes, teachers' responsibility has transformed from just education into creating, engaging, and interactive learning sessions to ensure the most effective learning experience for the students.
Dr. Aparna, a teacher, turned entrepreneur and author, shares her teaching expertise through an online session conducted by Texila American University, Guyana. She utilizes visualization and presentation to take the attendees on a mental learning trip through the art of learning and presentation in a truly interactive session.
In the session, she provokes thoughts on the future of education. The concerns educators have with online classrooms, thought-provoking topics such as the debate between live and recorded sessions, the importance of interactive classes, and the need to upgrade oneself as an educator, she emphasizes the What, Why, and How in the rule of three in education, engagement, and entertainment elements.
She also educates the participants on the factors influencing an online learning session, which has also been a popular topic of discussion in recent times: the educator's/presenter's appearance, voice modulation, their level of interactivity with the students, and their ability to manage distractions and re-center the students' attention are discussed and highlighted.
She also highlights how children perceive things very differently and emphasize the need to be dynamic and creative. She educates the importance of employing Visual Auditory and Kinesthetic (VAK) properties to help engage the students.
To maintain the students' interest and attention, the speaker shares tips and tricks with participants, which can be used to develop the art of storytelling and utilize the need for activities that may include the parents to provide a better learning experience.
Dr. Aparna also shares various online educational tools to effectively improve one's teaching and, subsequently, learning experience. The session also contains demonstrations of various techniques previously discussed with participants to help viewers better understand their effectiveness in real-time.
The session also consists of various video sessions that drive the speaker's points forward and highlight the importance of feedback and the flow of creativity by using a Q&A session.
This session is an excellent refresher of our core values as educators. It opens up new perspectives into the future of learning to teachers who are now transitioning into this online teaching and learning era. Thus, this session helps educators learn new and interactive ways to keep virtual classroom more interactive and healthily engage students.