Months had passed after the Philippines has witnessed the swift and merciless impact of a great pandemic. Each day, the country faces great loss as work and schools have been on hold. As a response to the on-going situation, students and workers have been saying goodbye to their onerous commute to work and spend most of their time adjusting to the new normal.
Choosing the right educational tool may be the way to achieve effective learning even while working or learning at the comfort of your own homes. There are different kinds of learning styles (visual, auditory, written, or kinesthetic learning) present. Even if there are different print or online tools readily available, not everyone learn in the same way. Profiling learners based on their learning style may also help tailor and improve overall academic experience. Here are some useful tools that may help facilitate effective communication between people with different learning styles especially during the onset of the pandemic:
- E-Books – These are highly portable form of information which can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and at whatever rate and level of detail the reader desires. They offer a wide selection of books, can be updated easily, money and time saving, easy on the eyes, and offer shareable contents. Other examples of these may also include kindle, PDF files, or Google Scholar.
- Learning Websites – These are teaching resources where people can watch videos, explore lessons, and view learning compilations of all kinds. This platform offers a lot of advantages: practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Examples of these may include YouTube videos, Edmodo, Webinars, Udemy, Khan Academy, or TED classroom discussions.
- Platforms for communication – These are online platforms that allow students or employees to stay in touch and collaborate easily. Unlike other learning systems that require extensive training and time to implement, people can start using these platforms within minutes. These platforms will also allow you to update, share files, have video conferences, and effectively schedule one-on-one or team meetings. Examples of these may include: Zoom, Google Hangouts, Viber, or Google Meet.
- Collaboration and Storage Tools – These platforms will allow users to easily store documents, share files, collaborate with team members, share documents. It is easy to use as it also allows you to track collaborator activities and sync your work. Examples of these may include: Google Drive, Google Docs, GSuite, or Dropbox.
As much as you want to use different educational tools to make learning and communicating easier during the pandemic, it is important to consider that these tools have their own advantages and
disadvantages. However, at the end of the day, it will still be up to you, which medium will best fit your interest and be considered the right educational tool of choice.