ViewSonic Corp. this week announced that it has made its Professional Development (PD) team available to assist teachers with distance learning advice and support. As part of the ViewSonic distance learning initiative during the COVID-19 outbreak, the PD team will offer one-on-one online support for teachers with any learning initiatives they may have, including topics such as: distance learning as a whole, tools for distance learning, curriculum development, as well as video creation or conferencing for lessons.
Teachers and students now face an entirely new way of teaching and learning. New tools are required, both on the hardware and software side, and are necessary to share ideas, communicate, and ensure student learning.
Some teachers may have concerns with distance learning as a concept, even without the “learning” part of it. A lot of what happens in the classroom during the instructional piece is being able to individualize the learning process or break it down so that every student is able to understand it. Going digital doesnt necessarily allow for that direct integration.
The ViewSonic Professional Development team offers some general guidance:
- Adapt to the new normal: Its important to set out goals and objectives that can be accomplished. It takes time for both the teacher and student to get comfortable with the new environment and pattern of learning.
- Class time replication: Weekly assignments, and projects are all ways to assess learning. Think about the amount of time for instruction, classwork and discussions that occur in your traditional class period. Its important to not assign busy work that goes beyond that amount of time.
- Teach outside the box: Remote and distance learning is about learning and integrating new ways to educate. Get feedback from parents and students and make the most of the resources that are available online, and in a lot of cases, free.
Blake Everhart, Solution Training Manager at ViewSonic Americas told us “Remote and distance learning lessons are definitely different than inside the confines of a classroom. As a former teacher, I understand theres sometimes a gap between learning the scope and sequence of the technology side that can match up with the lessons you want to teach. The ability to create and complete lessons, and how to filter through the many resources that are out there makes it tough to focus. Thats why my team and I at ViewSonic are making ourselves available to help out and make things less overwhelming.”
Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solution products and conducts business in more than 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard interactive displays, and the myViewBoard” software ecosystem. With more than 30 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer and professional markets, and helping customers “See the Difference.”