What is a ‘Blended Learning’ Approach?

Many factors, we believe, come together to form a tremendous virtual education experience. Their learning day will be different from that of the physical school. Still, depending on your child’s age and stage, our blended approach should enable maximum learning through the delivery of holistic education. This means that the complete child is cared for and extends education beyond the standard approach. All aspects of the curriculum are covered, from math to music, history to art, assembly to sports.

School time is a mix of synchronous (teachers are online at the same time as students) and asynchronous (teachers create learning activities that students can access at their speed). We make sure that the curriculum is given across these essential components. Each kid gets a timetable to show their parents how they may best support them and to help them understand what type of learning they are taking on.

Synchronous Learning includes:

Live TimeWhen professors use video conferencing technology to establish a virtual classroom where students may engage with their teachers and other students in real-time. Teachers serve as role models for new learning and teaching-learning sequences and provide chances for students to practice and participate in small groups and individually.

Discussion Time

Collaboration and critical thinking are crucial abilities in the twenty-first century. We make confident that our students have several possibilities to interact digitally with one another. Teachers can provide prompts and then act as a guide as students build critical thinking abilities by listening to and acting on feedback from classmates and teachers. Discussions can occur in real-time, over time, in text, or on video.

Feedback and Improvement

Because feedback is so essential for learning, it is a regular feature throughout the virtual classroom. When children have difficulty with something, teachers leave voice notes on their work, send tiny ‘how-to videos, or arrange small calls to chat through their work. Most importantly, the students act on this input, which increases their learning. Another extremely significant aspect of this is students providing comments to one another.

Educational Tools

NAE schools use a variety of powerful education technologies to facilitate learning in the virtual classroom. Pupils can use them to practice the skills they’ve learned with their teacher by logging on. They range from gamification platforms that allow students to have fun while studying to AI-powered learning resources that allow students to assist their learning in convenient ways for them and at times that are convenient for them. Teachers can then assess the findings and adjust their approach to give appropriate challenges and assistance.

Asynchronous learning includes:

Record and Celebrate

This component focuses on recognizing and appreciating the work our students do and reflecting on learning as it occurs. Our teachers assist students in organizing their learning, referring to prior information and skills, and building on them as they advance through the curriculum. We celebrate and share learning through virtual shows, performances, and assemblies, just as we do in the actual school.

Pupil Choice

Choosing what, how, and when to learn is an important feature that influences learning results. We give opportunities for students to have control and ownership over their learning throughout the Virtual School Experience. This improves their well-being and promotes their motivation and involvement.

Project Time

This is when students get the opportunity to participate in various learning activities put up by their teachers, most commonly through learning films that our teachers have recorded for them. There is a wide range of projects available, from those set by our world-class university partners at The Juilliard School, renowned for training the best in the performing arts, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, renowned for technological research and innovation, to those created by the students themselves.’ Children can participate in learning and pursue their interests if they have access to materials and clear instructions to follow.

The teacher’s feedback keeps the learner on track. We celebrate both the mistakes and the achievements because we are just as concerned with the process as with the product.

Screen-free time

Our teachers are aware of the adverse effects of screen time and make asynchronous learning opportunities, which do not require the use of a screen, a significant part of the VSE. These are carefully balanced throughout the day and modified to each child’s and family’s age and needs.

Opportunities to get creative and cross-curricular are just crucial in the VSE as they are in the school building.

As you can see, each component of our model is interwoven such that a child’s daily experience is a mix of all of them and tailored to their requirements. Pastoral assistance is provided throughout the VSE to ensure that kids are cared for and nurtured by our teachers and that chances for contact, socialization, and enjoyment are built into the curriculum. Our days are as varied and complex in the virtual world as in the physical one, with everything from virtual extracurricular activities to bake-offs, from class exams to MIT Fireside chats.

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