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5 Benefits and Trends of Digital Education in International Schools

By Paul Blake

While digital trends have greatly accelerated in recent years, this was nearly predictable, as online education companies were experiencing huge growth pre-pandemic. This expansion of tech in education continues as online education has become more universally accepted as a supplement to traditional pedagogies. 

The explosion in the use of virtual ‘meeting space technologies’ like Meet, Zoom, and other online classroom tools, has thrust traditional public schools into similar collaborative and diverse spaces that International Schools have long been accustomed to. 

Here are five benefits and trends to take advantage of, while technology continues to greatly impact everyday brick and mortar classrooms: 

  1.  Learning is More Accessible than Ever

Teachers often need to set rules in the digital space the same way they have rules set in a regular classroom. Requiring cameras to be on and microphones accessible during group classes helps increase student engagement. Assigning live group tasks to test new skills, correcting students in breakout rooms, and utilizing collaborative whiteboards and documents are all ways to increase digital space engagement. 

  1.  Increase in Digital Literacy 

Data research for projects can be done in real-time in collaboration in breakout rooms and a flipped classroom model. Students are becoming more digital-savvy in recognizing data-driven statistics from government sites, and more discerning about opinions (versus facts) provided on social media or blogs. Obtaining official documents and studies from field and area experts is easier than ever in the digital space.  

  1.  Global Connections And Intercultural Communication 

Public universities have joined the trends of online course offerings and are welcoming more international students into their communities. Project collaboration and presentations are trending more digital while traditional public speaking skills dominate the importance of effective communication whether on video or in-person. 

  1.  Increased Collaboration and Hybrid Learning

Teachers who set goals and expectations find online space to be more accountable to students as there is often a clear record of a lesson’s goals and outcomes. Tasks for a project can be clearly allocated, and students can take advantage of their strengths in collaboration. Students tend to take a more holistic approach in learning all aspects of the goal, often taking part in the research, writing, editing, and presentation. 

  1.  Applied Skills And Concepts

Technology has provided great collaboration for high-quality teacher lesson plans as well. Teachers Pay Teachers and a vast sea of prepared lessons are available at low subscription-based fees. A popular option for international school teachers, due to its commitment to UK standards and International School standards, is Twinkl. The digital space offers real-world applications and testing of learned concepts. Teachers can use a Baamboozle game to review  concepts with first graders, or professors can have college students publish on open access journals for peer review.  Access to education is no longer held by gatekeepers or holding back students with limited resources.  

Famous Fables And Folktales: ESL Reading and Speaking Club

Famous Fables And Folktales: ESL Reading and Speaking Club
Mr. Paul will teach students the difference between folk tales and fairy tales. Folktales have been passed down over hundreds of years. We’ll read and discuss these stories while correcting pronunciation and grammar while speaking.
In this ten lesson series, Mr. Paul will teach students the difference between folktales and fairy tales. Folktales have been passed down over hundreds of years. We’ll read and discuss these stories while correcting pronunciation and grammar while speaking.
Lessons:
  • Week No. 1 Fables and Folktales
  • No. 2 Wake-up on The Farm
  • No. 3 The Lion and The Mouse
  • No. 4 The Town and The Country Mouse
  • No. 5 The Rats And The Iron
  • No. 6 The Crow And The Fox
  • No. 7 The Grasshopper And Ant
  • No. 8 The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • No. 9 The Pied Piper, Strangers and Staying Safe
  • No. 10 Create a Fable!
  1. Learn story structures
  2. Learn literary terms and practice writing with prompts
  3. Learn everyday English idioms and expressions
  4. Convey ideas with fluency
  5. Listen actively for survival English
  6. Have pronunciation corrected in an encouraging way while reading
  7. Retell a story, make predictions, and compare each story to your own life

Space ESL Club

Mr. Paul is teaching a ten-lesson series on Space with each lesson lasting at least 50 minutes. $15 per class, per student, and no more than 4 students in a course. (One-on-one rate is 200RMB per class)


Lesson No. 1

What’s in our Solar System?

This lesson will answers questions about what’s beyond our home planet like what the stars, sun, and moon are.
Children are naturally curious, and we think they’ll be inspired by the science and mysteries of the galaxy. Teacher Paul has a cosmic collection of resources for children about Space and the solar system.

 

No. 2 Mercury

This lesson is packed with information about Mercury, the smallest planet in the Solar System and the closest planet to the Sun. This presentation is packed with incredible photographs and high quality illustrations of Mercury.
Teacher Paul will give some background information about the planet, such as its size, its distance from Earth, what its surface is like, and how it came to be named after the Roman messenger god. A profile of the planet Mercury is also included, which contains some fascinating facts such as the length of a Mercurian day and the huge inconsistencies in temperature on the opposing sides of the planet.
This lesson also contains information about the spacecraft that NASA have sent to study Mercury, such as theMariner 10 spacecraft, the MESSENGER probe and the BepiColombo Mission that is still underway. These slides explain how NASA has been able to discover more about Mercury, including what it is made of.

 

No. 3 Venus

This lesson is full of facts and information about Venus, the second-closest planet to the Sun in the Solar System. Teacher Paul’s lesson is great to use for covering the topic of space, the Solar System and Earth-like planets, as there are lots of interesting things to learn about Venus contained in this lesson.
First we’ll learn basic facts about Venus, including its high temperatures, its dense atmosphere, its size relative to Earth, and how it came to be named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. There are also some interesting pieces of trivia about Venus, such as the fact that Venus spins the opposite way to all the other planets in the Solar System, and the fact that a day on Venus is longer than a Venusian year.

 

No. 4 Earth

This informative lesson about Earth is the ideal way to begin your teaching on a topic about space and the planets – and what better way to start than with our home planet of Earth!
Find out lots of interesting facts about the Earth and the Moon, learn about lunar exploration and see some beautiful photographs of the planets themselves.
What could be more exciting than studying our place in the universe and how our planet supports life? There are so many mysteries left to discover – we hope children will be inspired by the achievements of scientists and astronauts so far in our Earth lesson.

 

No. 5 Mars

No. 6 Jupiter

No. 7 Saturn

No. 8 Uranus

No. 9 Neptune

No. 10   Why Pluto Isn’t a Planet and Course Review