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When Desire Habarurema realized home coaching options in the neighborhood could conflict with coronavirus protective measures (this would likely require a group of students studying at the same time), he turned to to online tools.
The 30-year-old high school teacher recounts Education that he looked into some online tools and platforms and, with the help of IT specialists, started tracking his students while adhering to government guidelines to combat COVID-19.
“Of course at the beginning of all this, as a teacher, I couldn’t help but wonder how this academic year was going to be. I didn’t understand how I was going to survive while doing my job with passion. But I’m so grateful that there are a number of digital resources to help us interact with students and keep track of that,” says Mugunga.
Elisa Niyonkuru, a software developer and IT professional who has taken several courses with an online tutor, says Education that he is very pleasant and skilful.
“During my lessons, I particularly enjoyed a number of live quizzes that expose me to a wider platform, instead of competing with just a few classmates. strengths and weaknesses, which energizes my work because all my weak points have been identified.
“It also made me feel like things were normal; I never really take a long time to worry about going back to school,” Niyonkuru says.
However, Habarurema is of the opinion that sometimes the only challenge is the cost of internet or a poor connection.
“You know the only problem is that the students are not employed, therefore, sometimes you may miss interesting and useful online courses due to the absence of the Internet. So far, this is the only challenge that I noticed.
Habarurema is one of many teachers who have been left without work after schools and other public gatherings were temporarily closed in order to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.
However, following the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the country and the prevailing challenges, the government has extended the reopening of schools until September 2020.
Resources for online coaching during COVID-19
Not knowing when normality will resume, some teachers have already opted for online coaching tools.
For children, it can be fun to take a break from schoolwork for a while and watch TV shows. However, experts have expressed concerns suggesting that there is ultimately a need to ensure students have someone monitoring them privately to ensure they are on the right track.
According to Lonzen Rugira, an education expert, teachers should make good use of online coaching materials, fun tools and distance learning in the face of the pandemic.
Software developers and educators share some of the recommended resources designed for different purposes, such as online coaching platforms, e-books and directories, and short courses.
Zoom is a web conferencing tool. It allows instructors to easily call online meetings with students, chat with or without video, and give presentations while maintaining a good quality connection between all participants. Instructors can also interview students during the session and record videos that can be viewed later.
Here, other video conferencing modes like Skype and Google Meet can also be pursued.
Google Classrooms is a simple way to create an online educational environment. Google Classrooms is open to anyone with a Google Account. Now, every student can take advantage of this remarkable tool that makes education, training and even awareness possible. So anyone can create a classroom where students who want to can join the class and learn.
These courses are used by some Rwandan students in training with iDebate Rwanda.
For coaches who want to use different techniques with their students, the Coaching Canvas is a communication tool that helps you facilitate good coaching conversations. Unlike most current coaching models, the Coaching Canvas is a physical board that allows you to interact in a dynamic and engaged way.
This interactive platform is used by Kigali-based Southern New Hampshire University students to take courses in the USA in Rwanda. Advisors are put in place to monitor student performance.
REB’s e-learning platform
Some students even take the online courses from the Rwanda Education Board e-learning platform and use them to interact with their facilitators, Education has learned.
Recently, Charles Murigande, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Rwanda, said teachers don’t sleep, they work closely with students to help create a smooth learning environment at from the government learning platform.
The range of online platforms that many teachers use to interact with their students also varies. Some bloggers and vloggers even upload materials to interact with students.
Martine Uwacu Karekezi, a French tutor at Green Hills Academy, says these courses are another great platform for teachers to continue providing content to their students and earn an income if all goes well.
The solidarity of parents
Irénée Ndayambaje, Chief Executive of Rwanda Education Board, is of the opinion that even though teachers use different platforms, they should use them to teach and not just focus on generating income.
He appeals to the schools’ parent committees asking them to do their best to retain teachers because the winners are always looking for the best players.
“You are aware that the winning team does its best to always retain the best players. That is why schools should organize different solidarity initiatives to support teachers, because they will need them later on,” he says. .