In this talk Dr. Costa highlights the following.
Last year when COVID19 started, schools were not prepared. They had to close and yet they did not want to lose the school year. So they resorted to online education. But it was the first time. They had to manage. They did not have the infrastructure and the parents suffered because of the expenses …
This year (2020-2021), from the beginning teachers and parents knew that they will be using online education and some face to face learning (classroom teaching). It is referred to as Blended learning or Hybrid Learning.
The call now is to start preparing for next year from now so that teachers and students take the best of classroom teaching and online education. The call is to plan after evaluating the needs and to put a schedule for training teachers on blended learning as well as an emerging style called Fluid learning. This latter system has not been tried yet in schools.
Dr. Costa invites schools to starting reflecting how schools in the Arab region can benefit from this system where teachers and learners are not bound neither to the classroom nor to the house. They can learn over any available device and make use of programs and applications available to them. All three online teaching approaches (hybrid, blended and fluid) have an advantage over traditional teaching because they are flexible, they allow for more individualized attention (each students according to his or her needs and abilities) and because learning can take place almost any time or place and they are more egalitarian. In addition, they make equipping students with 21st century skills and knowledge more possible. Critical thinking and creativity are guaranteed outcomes.