Digital education during Covid-19 emergency brought a lot of questions and imposed huge responsibility on teachers. As a help in need we launched our interactive online pedagogical workshop for our national Teacher Professional Community.
During the quarantine, we invited our teachers to think together, share experiences and recharge, which has made them a great enthusiastic community over the weeks.
At our opening occasion, Petra Földes, an educational expert, held a presentation about the importance of class community, entitled “How to keep a class community alive in a time of digital learning?” Together, we searched for answers to questions such as what a group means to students, how to gain common experiences during quarantine, what digital togetherness is about, how we can maintain personal relationships, etc. Many ideas, suggestions and new technological possibilities was raised to those watching the webinar for implementation.
Közterem trainers Orsolya Lencse-Csík and Tamara Csatári helped us create an interactive social experience in the digital classroom. Participants learned about exercises how to keep attention, interest, team spirit, and use any online chat program with video or voice calls. It allows students, teachers, and family members to experience the joy of playing together. We were happy to read the feedback from one of our participants: “Today I tried some games online in ethics class. The kids really enjoyed it. Thanks for the ideas. ”
In digital education, not only teaching, but also evaluation takes place differently. An online presentation led by Anikó Kárpáti (Vadvirág Foundation) helped in this, where she explored the importance of a fair and constructive online evaluation with the participants. “…. Students learn the most from putting them in a position that, if they solve them, will gain the most!” At the end of the webinar, she surprised participants with some motivational and encouraging cards.
Also, about developed evaluation we had another guest, Márta Barbarics, educator and gamification specialist. This presentation was primarily for teachers of the upper and high school age group on how to use elements of games to help with accountability and to monitor everyday learning.
Anna Gádor, founder of Rogers School and Kindergarten, a psychologist herself, talked about the processing of the Covid-19 crisis. After quarantine, the need for face-to-face meetings increased among children, so more community programs were encouraged by both the professional and the participating teachers. She also had excellent creative ideas for graduation, and school-closing events.
Our final speaker was Anna Neidermüller, main organizer for AKG Primary School, with whom we gathered ideas on how to make summer holidays meaningful after many weeks staying at home. She suggested engaging parents who formed a tighter community during quarantine and shared several ideas that could help them exploit the increased emotional connection.