It is necessary to rethink the educational system in order to go from a face-to-face scheme to a virtual education model. Our great challenge is not to robotize education and to maintain our essence through virtuality. In other words, continue working from heart to heart, with sensitivity, movement and creativity, aiming for excellence and feeding both hemispheres of the brain.
Villa Per Virtual education has been implemented through a platform specially designed so that our students can access various functionalities in an easy and friendly way. A weekly schedule has been established that comprises synchronous classes and asynchronous working hours. Teachers use a great diversity of ICT applications and resources to make classes more attractive and dynamic, resources such as: Loom, Kahoot, Flipgrid, Canva, etc. They are used daily for recreational and interactive activities. Students record videos, upload photographs and files with their productions, all without neglecting the balance between science, language arts, mathematics, communication, and artistic and psychomotor activities.
In the first phase, it was necessary to innovate in the ways of teaching - learning, selecting the best technological resources to connect and empathize with students and parents. Then, the inclusive and intercultural approach had to be maintained and strengthened, responding to the needs of each student. Finally, it was sought to develop the competencies of the curriculum by prioritizing the areas and contents to work on. In this phase, priority was given to maintaining the emotional and mental well-being of the student and his family, as well as the process of adaptation to virtual education.
In the second phase we use all possible communication channels (Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, etc.) adjusting the schedules of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities in such a way that significant learning is generated and not to recover hours or do the face-to-face hours are equivalent to the virtual hours, but, each contact has value, that each task to be developed is fun and rich in learning.
In the third phase, the intention was to generate and build trust towards virtual education. Our educational system was always linked to presence and we needed to show evidence that students learn, even if they are at the Initial level, to know how their curiosity can lead them to discover new meaningful learning. Today we can guarantee a quality education, accessible and with which, we walk together towards excellence.
This experience has served us a lot of learning, so we consider for the future, when we return to face-to-face classes, to continue having virtual spaces in which our students are already experts.