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The transformation that powered online education

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

According to the School, the creativity of teachers and students has shone during that time.

With the alternation model, the school has had to make an investment in infrastructure
and strengthen its academic and administrative processes.

 

If something has remained high during these months of pandemic and virtual education at Knightsbridge Schools International Bogotá (KSIB), it has been the creativity of its teachers and students. Through pedagogical and innovative ideas and dynamics, the institution advances in the academic process despite the distance.

According to Claudia Ferrufino, Director of KSIB, “we have been preparing for the pandemic since the beginning of March. We elaborate a risk matrix, an online learning plan and we train our teachers in the use of the virtual platform. Since we started virtual classes, we periodically carry out surveys to our families and students to assess their needs and make the respective adjustments ”.

In order to adapt to the educational needs of students in the midst of this difficult situation, the institution defined from the beginning three synchronous hours (that is, of live classes led by a teacher) and three asynchronous hours (of individual work or 'offline') every day.

“This decision gave the students the opportunity to learn, adapt and maintain daily contact with their peers and teachers. At the beginning of the process, we emphasized the development of competencies and flexibility for an adequate adaptation process and the closing process of the academic year ”, explains the Director.

And is that all these forecasts have shown very good results within this school. According to the results of the evaluations applied by the school, three great achievements were achieved during the academic year:

  • A successful technology-mediated learning and teaching process.
  • Students developed important competencies for life and remote work.
  • The school made progress in strengthening active methodologies, which contributed to maintaining the interest and motivation of the students.

“Based on the positive results that this experience left us, the online education offer will continue. Likewise, the protocols are already in place to start the alternation, ”Claudia Ferrufino announced.

 

Alternation has already arrived at KSIB
 

According to what was announced by the rector, the alternation (also called 'blended learning') will include face-to-face attendance at the school for two or three days a week; the other days will be online classes. It should be noted that students who cannot return to school will be kept up to date with a virtual process five days a week. Edgar Urrea, who has served as advisor to Knightsbridge Schools International Bogotá, points out that “the alternation model implies an important change in the academic processes, since some students will not return to school and it must be guaranteed in the best possible way that their processes do not generate gaps ”.

In Urrea's words, students who will start some face-to-face activities will have a new adaptation process. "The challenge for the schools will be to ensure that with this new reality and way of interacting the proper development of all students is achieved," says the KSIB counselor.

For her part, the rector of Knightsbridge Schools International Bogotá states that “alternation has meant an investment in infrastructure to guarantee health and adequate online transmission of classes; in the same way, it has implied a review of all the academic, administrative and operational processes of the school, in addition to strengthening the use of 'software' and tools that facilitate and support academic processes, among others ”.

Ultimately, this model has a higher cost for the investment that implies compliance with biosafety protocols, higher transportation costs, the consumption of more cleaning supplies and an intensive use of platforms, 'software' and technological tools that strengthen the training processes.

 

Safe facilities
 

The wide spaces in infrastructure and green areas of KSI Bogotá will facilitate the return to classes hand in hand with alternation. Precisely, the KSIB facilities are very comfortable and guarantee that there will never be more than 100 people inside and that, in addition, they will be kept at a distance of two meters, as stipulated. "In the green spaces, there will be directed physical and recreational activities, and to eat food we guarantee not to have more than 50 people at the same time in a very large space," says Ferrufino.

In addition to the above, all the institution's classrooms have two doors (main and emergency) and tilting windows, which allow permanent and adequate ventilation of each room. And, along the same lines, a space with a private bathroom was adapted in the event that the need arises to isolate a student, teacher or administrative staff.

As if that were not enough, since May and June (with the publication of the biosafety protocols by the national and local health authorities), KSIB began the acquisition of cameras, equipment and 'software' to guarantee the transmission of online classes with students in each classroom, in person.

"Likewise, some adjustments have been made in the pedagogical methodology for the online classes and for alternation, and the evaluation systems were adapted to guarantee our academic quality", affirms the rector of KSIB.

 

The lessons of virtuality
 

For KSIB, the use of more and better digital tools in the academic field has been an opportunity to teach the entire academic community how to make a good balance between work and / or study, time with family and time with friends or colleagues.

Similarly, it is a stage where there has been a greater application of learning in the classroom for solving everyday problems. "At school, we have been making progress in the 'project based learning' methodology, which allows students to relate learning in different subjects and apply them in the creation of proposals and the search for solutions," he says. Claudia Ferrufino.

Finally, it is also necessary to highlight the personalization that the learning process has acquired. The online dynamics, the recording of the lectures and the remote transmission of content allow students to repeat the concepts and revisit those in which they wish to deepen or consolidate their understanding.

 

Integral education
 

  • 100% Bilingual
  • Colombian Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate
  • Emphasis on socio-emotional development
  • Emphasis on computational thinking
  • Student-centered methodologies
  • Online teaching plan, blended learning and face-to-face

 

Promotion of socio-emotional well-being
 

Even from a distance, Knightsbridge Schools International Bogotá (KSIB) has placed greater emphasis on the socio-emotional training of its teachers and students during these months of pandemic.

“An ongoing program of personal growth and development, in which each student is approached as a complex and individual human being, has been a priority of Knightsbridge Schools International's personalized approach. The institutional program ‘LIFE’ (‘Learning Interactions, Feelings and‘ Emotions ’) allows to promote and accompany the processes of affective training of students in the day-to-day of their schooling”, explains Edgar Urrea, advisor of Knightsbridge Schools International Bogotá.

According to Ferrufino, this is achieved through meaningful learning experiences that allow the maturation and acquisition of social-emotional and well-being skills, depending on the stage of development in which the student is.

 

Translated from the article in El Tiempo

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