Since his school was closed, Do Le Nam, a teacher of the Nguyen Tat Thanh High School for the Gifted in Yen Bai city, has still given lectures as usual, but there is only himself together with a computer and a headphone in the classroom. He said learning online, students can still raise their opinions like when they are present at the classroom, and the teacher can immediately answer students’ questions. Therefore, the two sides can interact positively.
Since school shutdown to prevent COVID-19, Nam and other teachers of the school have connected with their students via the internet by using email, social networks like Facebook and Zalo, and some online learning applications. The most popular method is using the Zoom Cloud Meetings app or the live streaming function on Facebook.
By doing so, although students are not present at classrooms, their learning process is still ensured. Tran Lam Khanh Linh, a 12th grader majoring in mathematics and informatics of the Nguyen Tat Thanh High School for the Gifted, has been staying at home for almost one month, but her learning and test taking are not interrupted as information and exam questionnaire have been provided by teachers via email. Learning online has helped Linh enhance her confidence when returning to school and preparing herself for the coming national high school examination.
Do Le Nam, a teacher of the Nguyen Tat Thanh High School for the Gifted, instructs his students how to write a literature essay via the online teaching app Zoom Cloud Meetings.
Under directions of the Yen Bai provincial People’s Committee and the Ministry of Education and Training, students in the province have been off school from February 4 until the end of February to help with COVID-19 prevention and control. For this period, the local educational sector has directed schools to instruct teachers to apply online learning softwares such as Viettel Study and BigBen to teach and give homework to students.
Hoang Thi Quynh Lien, a teacher of the Tran Nhat Duat High School in Yen Binh district, said online learning during the long school closure to prevent COVID-19 has proved practical and effective as it has helped students uphold the learning spirit and ensure that they will not forget the knowledge they have learned when coming back to school.
Online teaching is considered the best method at present. However, it is only applicable to students in areas with internet connections and necessary equipment. In disadvantaged and remote areas, teachers still have to come to each village to hand out homework to their students.
Regardless of teaching and learning methods, schools and teachers in Yen Bai have been striving to equip their students with sufficient knowledge.
Thanh Chi – Manh Cuong