Students of all grades at GIIS Surat started their new academic session via Virtual Classrooms on 6th of April. The parents were informed about the Virtual Classrooms and details of the new academic session through a webinar which was attended by a huge number of parents.
The Virtual Classrooms are being attended by students of all the Grades in the campus, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students are joining virtual lessons conducted by teachers through video-conferencing technology. They are using their home-based smart devices to connect to virtual lessons and join the interactive sessions where teachers are conducting subject-wise lessons.
During the interactive Virtual Classrooms, students can listen to the teacher, respond to questions, be heard by the rest of the participants and also write on the whiteboard.
Watch this video on the webinar conducted for parents, to know more about the Virtual Classrooms at GIIS.
The virtual sessions are easy to set up and can be done using any home based smart device. Watch this video to get a glimpse of how Virtual Classrooms are conducted.
The timetable for each class is put on myGIIS, the internal communication app for parents and students, along with details like link, username and password required to connect to the Virtual Classroom sessions. There is a dedicated helpdesk to assist the students in connecting to Virtual Classroom sessions and ensuring that it runs smoothly.
The initiative by GIIS to offer Virtual Classroom sessions received a very positive response from the parent community who think that the step is hugely benefitting the children in starting their new term in a timely manner irrespective of the lockdown due to COVID-19.
A parent said, “the school has done a tremendous job in creating an online learning environment and communication around it. I want to give kudos to the school for these efforts.” While another parent appreciated the fact that GIIS was quick and efficient in coming up with virtual learning. He said, “ it is fantastic that the children could start the new academic session through Virtual Classrooms on a timely basis, otherwise they would be burdened with backlog after the school reopens.”
The futuristic vision of GSF schools has made it possible for GIIS campuses all over the world to switch to Virtual Classrooms and start the new term irrespective of the fact that the students cannot physically come to the school due to lockdown. According to Mr Atul Temurnikar, Chairman of Global Schools Foundation, “education should be seamless and to make it possible our schools have totally adopted Virtual Classrooms across its campuses getting its entire 15,000 cohorts onboard this new way of schooling”.
By pioneering virtual learning, GIIS has taken a strategic step towards delivering education online at the time when COVID-19 is causing large-scale disruptions in the education sector as well.