Digital Learning Day: Developing forward-thinking digital citizens

Digital Learning Day: Developing forward-thinking digital citizens
Digital Learning Day: Developing forward-thinking digital citizens

Digital Learning Day, celebrated on the 22nd of February 2022, aims to highlight and recognise forward-thinking educators who use technology in innovative ways to strengthen students’ learning experiences.

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reflect, reframe and reprioritise much of everyday life, including the education arena.

“The connections between technology, innovation, and equity were unclear. Now, as access to technology has become more universal, personalisd digital learning strategies are a lifeline and a means to level the playing field and close equity gaps, as educators endeavour to leverage high-quality strategies to ensure that each student has the learning opportunities they need and deserve,” explains Teneo Tutors Product Manager, Fay Williamson.

With online learning emerging as the number one educational technology trend, the demand for online tutoring has skyrocketed, with more and more students looking for access to quality online learning experiences.

Online tutoring platform, Teneo Tutors, allows accessible, live, one-to-one tutoring for grades four to twelve. “We currently have over one hundred, hand-picked tutors across all subjects in both South African and British International curriculums. Sessions are 50 minutes long and are offered in English, Afrikaans and isiZulu,” says Williamson.

Online tutoring embraces digital learning and allows students to connect one-on-one with an expert from wherever they are in the country, receive tailored support in a subject of their choice and at a level and pace that suits their learning needs.

“Our tutors deal with closing knowledge gaps, but also have a strong focus on mastering advanced concepts and extending learners. Tutoring helps to strengthen subject comprehension, boost confidence and build important learning skills,” says Williamson.

To enhance the digital learning experience, tutors make use of several Apps and programmes including: Google slides, Jam Board, PowerPoint, Mindmup, Slidego, Quizzizz, YouTube and Canva. “Edmodo is great to use when giving students physical activities to do and also for showing ‘how to’ videos for Computer Application Technology (CAT),” says Teneo Tutors’ CAT tutor Jolandi Foord.

Mathematics Tutor, Natalie Wallace, says she enjoys using Quizlet flashcards when teaching new terminology, especially with younger students as it also has a games application. “I also make use of Microsoft OneNote during my tutor sessions as it is interactive and easy to use. I enjoy using my graphics pen or mouse to write onto documents, like past exam papers, when explaining concepts and formulae to students.”

Digital learning has become more than a trend but rather a necessity to prepare our youth for the challenges of tomorrow.

“This Digital Learning day let’s celebrate tutors and acknowledge the important role they play in educating future leaders through creating robust, authentic and personalised digital learning opportunities for students across the world,” concludes Williamson.

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