As much of the world is still feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Middle Eastern classrooms have banded together to maintain educational continuity for their students.
A year on since classrooms were closed to all but a few, and students moved to learning from home, we can now understand more about the impact of Covid on education by observing how schools have responded across the Middle East.
What we know…
First things first, the rapid rate of change that schools faced required them to mobilise online learning models and techniques with very little opportunity to measure the success rate.
Posing a challenge for teachers to work with classroom technology online, and for students to engage or even access the learning material, coronavirus brought about a review of learning styles and creativity.
Adapting from the conventional and traditional methods of teaching, a blended approach was adopted. Coupled with classroom technology and innovation, teachers from different countries worked with the tools available to support students and keep learning moving.
Creativity encourages continuity
Moving from a knowledge delivery model to a much more forward thinking, independent and practical way of learning, students across Middle Eastern countries were encouraged by their teachers to engage and interact with learning despite being away from the classroom.
As part of a wider strategy that involved the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in Lebanon teachers began to use the Promethean ActivPanel and its ActivInspire software to broadcast lessons. Delivered on mainstream television in the country, lessons across all curriculum subjects were presented – ensuring learning continuity for all students.
Not only did this offer a structured approach to the disruption faced by students, but it also ensured students who did not have digital devices to access classroom resources wouldn’t be left behind.
Innovation was also seen in Iraq. As access to technology differs across public and private schools across the country, mobilising distance learning strategies was a challenge. However, using what was available to them, teachers took to social media to share mobile phone recordings of lessons to ensure students had visibility of their teacher and subject areas.
Not only helping to maintain educational continuity, this also highlighted passionate and talented teachers within the country – increasing their confidence and giving other teachers ideas to support engagement amongst students.
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed traditional teaching methods and has resulted in an increased reliance on technology within learning. Across the Middle East, schools, teachers and students have adapted with resilience and continue to do so as education navigates the future ahead.
Promethean has hosted a roundtable of leading educators from across the region to discuss the impact of Covid on education in greater detail. Learn more by watching the discussion now.