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Month: January 2021

HYBRID LEARNING: 10 EFFECTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES (1)

Hybrid teaching is quickly becoming one of the most useful teaching methods to use. Though this doesn’t literally mean abandoning traditional teaching strategies. Because of its versatility and flexible options, teachers can still use many of the traditional teaching strategies they know simply by adapting them to a hybrid setting to ensure success in the classroom.

But in case you’re not sure how, here are 10 ways you can optimize hybrid learning spaces by using traditional teaching methods that have been proven to work.

Hybrid teaching does not have to be difficult. In fact, as a teacher, you probably already know most of the teaching methods this article will discuss. However, how to adapt those into a hybrid learning space is where the difficulty can arise.

These 10 teaching strategies are guaranteed to optimize your students’ learning spaces in a way that is both fun and engaging for both in-person and remote students.

What is Hybrid Learning?

Hybrid learning is a type of blended learning that refers to implementing synchronous lessons that are taught in-person and online simultaneously.

Hybrid learning is great because it allows the children who need face-to-face instruction to receive that while those who desire a more flexible approach can receive that as well. Hybrid learning also allows for varying teaching strategies to be used with only a fraction of the challenge.

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Hybrid Teaching Strategies for Your Hybrid Learning Space

Hybrid teaching is more than just the technology you use, it’s about how you use it! Many traditional teaching strategies are great for hybrid learning if you’ve got the right tech.  

Direct Instruction

Direct instruction refers to the tried-and-true version of teaching we all know. This approach is strictly teacher-centered where the teacher uses simple language to explain concepts to students with few questioning prompts.

Using this strategy for hybrid teaching is quite simple. All you need is a computer or a WOWBudd. What is important here is to make sure the teacher is placed in the center in all formats whether it be on video, in-person, or both. Continue to use simple and clear language to explain all concepts and learning objectives.

Play-Based Learning

Play-based learning is a strategy where students use social, physical, and critical thinking skills during play tasks. These play-based activities can be teacher-led or student-led. The activity can range from self-play using imagination or educational toys used to meet certain goals.

A great way to implement play-based learning into your hybrid learning curriculum is by using tablets or interactive screens to encourage play. Interactive displays are also excellent for gamification of learning objectives to help students be more engaged in their learning. 

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Prompting

Prompting strategies relate to using guided questions and suggestions to help guide a student to the correct answer. Prompting is used to challenge students beyond the learning objectives without placing too many extra materials in front of them.

Much like direct instruction, classroom setup does not need to be complicated. However, prompting does not have to be teacher-centered only. Try pairing up both in-class and remote students using computers or tablets and have each one prompt each other on different topics on a study guide. You can also try different styles of prompting like playing Charades for example.

Modelled Teaching

Modelled teaching strategies involving a teacher showing students how to do a task by breaking it into small steps. The most common form of modelled teaching are things like math equations or step-by-step tutorials.

Modelling teaching works well with hybrid learning thanks to new and advanced software. With free software like Gravit Designer and Canva students both in-class and remote can create their graphics, equations, AR experience, and more.

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

#WOWBii Interactive #WorkFromHome #MeetFromHome #SchoolFromHome #TrainFromHome

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HYBRID LEARNING: 10 EFFECTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES (2)

In continuation of simple effective Hybrid learning strategies, here are other widely used methodologies for an immersive and interactive learning experience..

Service Learning

Service-learning strategies involve having students meet learning objectives or learning outcomes by volunteering within their community. These can also be things like internships or other activities outside of the classroom.

Service-learning can blend with hybrid learning and in fact, it requires no technology at all! Except for when students come back to share. Each student, in-class or remote, can go to a different organization or you can pair different groups together.

Think Pair Share

Think pair share strategies involve having students think about a certain topic, then pairing up and sharing their ideas with their teammates. Think pair share is a useful strategy for more student-centered classrooms

Think-pair-share setups are simple. Since the main strategies involve quiet thinking time than group or peer to peer discussion, all students need is a microphone and video technology. You can even make it more personal by using smartphone communication functions or make it a group competition and have students vote on the best idea using free websites like Poll Everywhere.

Two-Minute Presentation

Two-minute presentation strategies involve students being given two minutes (or any time limit you give them, preferably a shorter one, however) to give a quick, informal verbal speech about a topic. It can be something learned, or something new they learned on their own.

To use this strategy, you can simply have in-class students come to the front of the room, or have remote students pinned. By doing this you give them center stage even if they are not present. Remember, some students may also live in a noisy environment so ask others to mute their microphones so that the presenter can easily be heard.

Fishbowl

The fishbowl strategy involves putting a small group of students in a circle with the rest of the class sitting in a circle around the group. Fishbowl is a little like think-pair-share but it’s more centered around a group of students in the middle and a group on the outside where the group of students in the middle discusses a topic while the outside is an audience, with limited participation until their given time inside the bowl.

To modify a fishbowl method for hybrid learning, you can focus less on the actual design of the classroom and instead look at alternative ways to create the two groups. For example, the students in the fishbowl can be in-class, while remote students are outside the bowl and vice versa. You can also mix it up by having ‘inside the bowl’ students hold an object of a certain color while ‘outside the bowl,’ students hold an object of a different color.

Peer-Assisted Learning

Peer-assisted learning strategies involve putting the teacher aside and letting students take charge of the learning environment. Peer-assisted learning can be used in several ways. Students can come up with their answers to a potential question, do group or individual research, or debate ambiguous answers.

To use peer-assisted learning in a hybrid setting, you can do things like give remote students and in-class students different learning objectives that they come back to teach each other or create pairs among the students. You can also implement things like riddles or study guides where students must work together in pairs or groups to find the answer.

Brainstorming

Brainstorming strategies involve students coming up with the initial thoughts on an issue rather than using prompting or previous knowledge to build on the subject or learning objective. Brainstorming is one of the core elements of a student-centered classroom.

With collaborative software like myViewBoard doing brainstorming has never been easier. With an integrated system, both in-class and remote can collaborate on ideas and share documents. By keeping notes together in a safe location, students can build upon their ideas as the semester progresses.

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Final thoughts on Hybrid Teaching

Hybrid teaching holds so much potential because you can use more than just these 10 strategies for interactive leanring. If you think another strategy will work better for your class, then use it! That is part of the magic of hybrid learning in that it is flexible and adaptive for a variety of curricula.

Don’t forget to check out the complete list of essential resources for hybrid learning to make sure you got it all or check out WOWbudd hybrid learning solution to get started today.

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

#WOWBii Interactive #WorkFromHome #MeetFromHome #SchoolFromHome #TrainFromHome

Contact Us:

Call/WhatsApp: +234 812 992 8836

9B Adebayo Munis Close, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos

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VIRTUAL LEARNING: ASYNCHRONOUS OR SYNCHRONOUS?

Present day learning platforms have made it easier than ever to learn online. However, the way in which you learn might vary depending on what type of course your school offers or the learning methodology being used. That brings into the focus the question of what asynchronous and synchronous learning really is.

What Is Asynchronous Learning?

Asynchronous means that two things are occurring or existing at different times. When we say asynchronous online education, we can think of learning and teaching that are not happening in real-time.

Take for example a Youtube clip on the basics of photography.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ppTr4NVqWgI?feature=oembed This video was created on one day, while the students learning from it are learning on another day. Anytime you have teaching and learning that are not happening at the same time you have asynchronous learning. Some examples of online Asynchronous resources include;

What Is Synchronous Learning?

On the contrary, synchronous learning is learning that does happen at the same time. The word synchronous, as you might have guessed, is related to the term “in sync.” So it becomes easy to think of synchronous in the context of online education as teaching and learning that are “in sync” with one another.

These days two of the most common forms of online synchronous learning are live streaming and video conferencing.

Benefits of Asynchronous Learning

What sets asynchronous learning apart from synchronous learning is the ability to schedule and learn at your own pace.

Unlike other more rigid styles of online learning, asynchronicity offers students flexibility, which makes it a tempting choice for the modern student who is likely working in addition to going to school. In fact, now more than ever students have become full-time workers.

Why Flexibility Matters

Flexibility matters because it can make a difference in students failing or overcoming barriers throughout their education. This can bring students the opportunities they may have otherwise missed out on due to scheduling or time constraints.

Maybe that coding class you wanted to take is now available to you because you are learning through asynchronous lessons. Or perhaps you can now accept an internship that you once feared would interfere with your graduation timeline. At the end of the day, when you allow students greater flexibility you increase their opportunity and likelihood for success.

Benefits of Synchronous Learning

For those that value instant feedback and greater engagement between students and educators, a synchronous program is worth considering. Immediate feedback from instructors is one of the greatest advantages in synchronous learning. While asynchronous learning sometimes delays communication between students and teachers this is not so much the case in synchronous learning. Having the teacher available and right in front of you is enormously beneficial while learning. When you need to ask a question or search for clarification immediate feedback saves you time and money.

Furthermore, depending on your personality type, it might even put some positive pressure to focus on what’s happening if there is a real person staring at you on Skype.

The choice to make

How do you decide which learning method to adopt? What kind of learning am I trying to accomplish? Am I an independent self-motivated student or do I prefer to work with a team? These are the kinds of questions you may want to ask yourself before deciding whether you try out asynchronous or synchronous learning.  When it comes down to it, the best choice for you depends entirely upon what sort of learning you are and what you’re after.

For those chasing flexibility, asynchronous is likely the best option. It will grant you the time to pursue different opportunities. Not to mention it will allow you the freedom to learn at your own pace. While those who opt for synchronous style learning will likely see greater teacher engagement and receive help more quickly. Which can sometimes get students learning faster and feeling more motivated in class.

Alternatively, it’s very possible that a combination of both types of learning is the best option.

Whatever direction you decide to go in you can rest easy knowing that both methods offer you the power of the internet and the advantages of online education.

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

#WOWBii Interactive #WorkFromHome #MeetFromHome #SchoolFromHome #TrainFromHome

Contact Us:

Call/WhatsApp: +234 812 992 8836

9B Adebayo Munis Close, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos

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WFH: ACHIEVING PRODUCTIVE REMOTE COLLABORATION

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In-office or collaboration at work is not a new thing. The process of ideation or project implementation is often times achieved due to team collaborative efforts. Even without the advent of the present pandemic, there are a variety of reasons to connect teams remotely, namely distance and schedule. And while it may not be for everyone, connecting everyone via long-distance channels overcomes long-standing organizational problems in a number of ways.

With globalization, multinational corporations have become commonplace and remote collaboration has become more important as a result. In many cases, corporate offices are located in at least two continents. Even on a national level, it’s common to see multiple branches located in different regions of the same country. Since you will likely have to work with your counterparts who are located elsewhere, you will need to learn how to work together with remote collaboration.

What Is Remote Collaboration?

Simply put, remote collaboration is the ability to engage as a team from anywhere in the world. Gone are the days of needing to work in the same physical space as your co-workers and superiors – with remote collaboration, you can truly be anywhere! Remote collaboration remedies distance limitations by way of collaborative tools.

Tools meant for remote collaboration are based primarily on the features a team may require to best succeed. Shared word processing services, file-sharing hubs, video conferencing, and general project management interfaces are just a few examples of features that may be required as remote collaboration tools.

What Are the Main Factors of Remote Collaboration?

There are 3 major factors that are core enablers of remote collaboration. Universal Participation, Accessibility and Regularity. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to jump straight into the facilitation of remote collaboration without thinking a few things through first. The underlying factors that will aid in your ultimate success are well worth the discipline and consideration you’ll need to put into them.

Universal Participation

Remote collaboration is meaningless when the team, or certain team members, do not actually engage in collaboration. Are certain team members contributing less than others in meetings? Is this a result of work output, or a side-effect of the remote work environment? Whether it be individual meetings or new effective meeting strategies, the key is to find a balance of what works. Especially when it comes to smaller teams, the more voices heard and opinions in the mix will only serve to strengthen collaboration and productivity.

Accessibility

Just as universal participation amongst team members is essential for the success of the remote collaboration, so too is access to and communication with the other members of the team. This is particularly important when you find yourself requiring a collaborator’s input, only to find that they’re away from their computers or offline. Ultimately, there is the need to have co-workers on specified ‘working hours’. During this time, all team members should ideally be accessible and able to communicate on a moment’s notice.

Regularity

Regularity, or habitual routines and practices, is the primary factor that governs the efficiency and success of long-distance collaboration. Attendance at team meetings is essential for any team-based operation. In remote circumstances, which are typically more flexible than ordinary work environments, regularity ensures that attendance becomes second nature. Moreover, just as in the case of accessibility, regularity makes certain that collaboration occurs, even when team members are remote.

How to make Remote Collaboration productive

Like with most other types of project collaboration, poor lines of communication and a lack of internal standards are just a few symptoms of ineffective remote collaborations. Some of the reasons why effective remote collaboration is so important are; Clear and Efficient Communication, Internal Process Acceptance, and Unique Idea Generation.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Remote Collaboration?

Like anything else, remote collaboration has its benefits and its drawbacks. This is particularly the case when done in an ineffective and inefficient manner. However, when done well, remote collaboration can help team members transcend the sum of its parts and create final products that are nothing short of remarkable. With that in mind, the pros and cons of remote collaboration are as follows:

Pros:

  • All working styles can be accommodated
  • Research shows remote employees are often more productive
  • Employees can focus entirely on the job, instead of office politics
  • Prospect of remote work/collaboration often attracts greater talent
  • Can increase an employee’s communication skills
  • Reduced need for corporate workspace

Cons:

  • Employees may feel isolated from the rest of the team and company
  • Potentially limited accessibility, if working in multiple time zones
  • Face-to-Face communication may be limited or nonexistent
  • Relies on team members’ sense of self-motivation
  • Largely reliant on 3rd party software that can experience glitches or downtime

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

#WOWBii Interactive #WorkFromHome #MeetFromHome #SchoolFromHome #TrainFromHome

Contact Us:

Call/WhatsApp: +234 812 992 8836

9B Adebayo Munis Close, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos

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QUICK STEPS: TRANSITIONING TO WORKING FROM HOME

If you are used to working in an office or other centralized workspace, you may run into some initial difficulties when transitioning to working from home and it can take a little bit of getting used to. However, the adjustment period does not need to be a lengthy one, and there are a number of practical things you can do, in order to settle into a new way of working and get past some of the common teething problems.

Transitioning to working from home is vital, because there are clear differences between working in an office and working independently, while physically isolated from your work colleagues. Nevertheless, there are a number of things you can do to make this transitional period more manageable and to achieve a level of consistency.

Once you learn to make the adjustment, it becomes much easier in the future to switch between office-based working and telecommuting, as required. In this article, we offer four tips to assist with this.

1. Stay in the Work Mindset

Part of transitioning to working from home involves changing the way you view your home. For many people, there is a clear divide between work life and home life, with this being clearly flagged in your mind by travel to and from the workplace, and defined working hours. However, with remote work, it is easy for this to change, as the divide is no longer so clear and the flexibility can allow working hours to creep into what would normally be personal time.

Try to think about how you would behave in a physical workplace and then replicate the behavior as much as you can while you work from home. For example, you could follow your usual morning routine, you could establish a location with your house where you will actually do your work, and you can establish clear working hours.

2. Get Used to Video Calls

If you have not previously utilized or relied upon video calls very often, it is best to try to get used to them as soon as you can. After all, there are numerous business benefits of video conferencing, including the ability to convey information clearly, in a similar way to how it would be achieved in face-to-face meetings.

However, beyond this, video calls are a great way to recreate some of the social interaction that you would typically have over the course of a working day in an office. Maintaining the right level of social interaction while working from home can be vital for your mental health, which can suffer if you do not take precautions.

3. Prioritize Time Management

Another common problem when adjusting to working from home concerns managing your own time effectively. When you are not supervised, in close contact with stakeholders, and when there are not the usual breaks in the day to provide structure, it can be surprisingly easy to lose track of time, lose focus, or procrastinate.

One of the best ways to try to manage time while working from home is to not only organize the work you plan to do over the course of the day, but plan out when you will do each task. Tools like Google Calendar can assist here, allowing you to schedule individual tasks, and sticking to this and will help you to keep up your productivity.

You may need to have a certain degree of flexibility, as things do not always go to plan, but structure is important.

4. Remember to Take Breaks

When you are getting used to how to work from home, it can be easy to neglect the breaks you would usually take during the working day. Yet, these breaks exist for a reason – they give you time to rest, de-stress, collect your thoughts and prevent yourself from becoming completely overwhelmed.

Remember, in addition to the proper breaks you take over the course of the day, including for your lunch, you should also take smaller breaks to get up, move around and help to protect your eyes from problems associated with staring at a screen all day. Moreover, finishing work on time, whenever possible, can also help you to recuperate.

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

#WOWBii Interactive #WorkFromHome #MeetFromHome #SchoolFromHome #TrainFromHome

Contact Us:

Call/WhatsApp: +234 812 992 8836

9B Adebayo Munis Close, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos

contact@wowbii.com     www.wowbii.com

TECHNOLOGY FOR REMOTE AND VIRTUAL LEARNING

With the present pandemic, new learning platforms have been borne out of pressing necessity. Though the concept of blended or virtual education is nothing new, but it has been constantly evolving, especially as improvements to distance learning technology have helped to make new teaching methods and approaches possible. With the vast majority of modern distance education courses now being online-based, some of the technology that was previously advantageous or desirable can now be considered essential.
Improvements to distance learning technology have helped to make remote education a completely viable alternative to in-person, classroom-style lessons and courses. As a result, many of the classic barriers to education, such as cost, geographical location, and space on courses can potentially be removed.

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Devices and Peripherals

The majority of modern distance education courses are online-based, which means it is essential to own certain devices and peripherals in order to access the resources. Some of the main examples of this are:

Computer/Internet-Enabled Device

Teachers and students alike are going to be required to carry out a range of different online tasks over the duration of a distance learning course. At various points, there may be a need to type, use software applications, save, download and share files, watch videos, and make use of text, video, or audio-based communication methods. You are almost certainly going to require a desktop, laptop computer or a tablet.

Writing and Drawing Pads

Because students are using online technology, many skills like writing are under utilized in the virtual classroom. However, many of these skills can be maintained by having students use drawing pads and other writing devices. Writing and drawing pads are great for not only handwriting, but they are a personalized way for students to brainstorm, share notes, and create artwork.

Camera, Microphone and Headphones

Effective communication only works if everyone in the learning group can make themselves heard and can also hear others clearly. The need for a device that offers quality audio-visuals cannot be overstated. Most modern laptops and tablets will come with a built-in camera and microphone.

Additional Devices/Peripherals

Some additional devices and peripherals may be vital in certain circumstances. For instance, a printer may be an essential piece of distance learning technology for correspondence courses, where work may need to be sent via conventional mail, and they may be useful for online courses too, allowing you to print learning materials.

For teachers and educators, WOWBii’s interactive display solution will make it significantly easier to give presentations, complete with real-time annotation, and will be essential for digital whiteboarding.

Communication Technology

In addition to having the devices and peripherals required to participate in online classes, communication solutions are also essential distance learning technology. In particular, these options may be useful or even crucial:

Email/Messaging

Ensuring effective communication and engagement is one of the most vital aspects of any distance learning course and email can be especially useful, because it allows information, instructions and even files to be sent at any time, even if the recipient is not online. Therefore, access to an email account is vital and a good email client can be advantageous as well.

However, there may be times when more immediate text-based communication is required too and instant messaging solutions are likely to be the best option here. WhatsApp and Telegram represent some of the most popular mobile options, urgent text-based communication, message boards or discussion forums could also be used.

Video Communication

Many distance education courses depend upon synchronous learning, some potential solutions here include applications like Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Zoom.

For teachers, it is recommended to have options available for both video conferencing and live streaming, as both have their uses. Screen sharing and digital whiteboarding can also be invaluable, helping to share information in real-time and encourage live collaboration. The WOWBudd is the ideal all-in-one solution for these needs.

To drive interactive learning spaces, Wowbii is offering simplified payment options to educational institutions looking to adopt education technology at scale. 

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

#WOWBii Interactive #WorkFromHome #MeetFromHome #SchoolFromHome #TrainFromHome

Contact Us:

Call/WhatsApp: +234 812 992 8836

9B Adebayo Munis Close, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos

contact@wowbii.com     www.wowbii.com

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