Education has never been defined by the square desks of in-person learning, but by the open-mindedness exhibited in the desire to learn new things, adapt to our environment, and understand how to be better global citizens. ASASA Academy believes that online classes put into perspective the importance of leveraging technology to create an educational environment that builds character and encourages endless curiosity.
Stereotyped myths about online education have created worry for a child’s ability to be successful relative to their peers. These misconceptions are rooted in previous online environments that have not been adapted to accommodate an entire curriculum shift online. ASASA Academy’s teachers and staff have created Asasa Achievement, our online curriculum that remains in line with the Alberta Program of Studies, to ensure children are learning what is required while adding in the special touch of advancement that Asasa is known for.
Myth #1: Families need to have experience with technology for their child to learn online
Although experience with technology is always a bonus, your child will receive a quality level of education with or without prior Zoom experience. Our online Calgary private school knows that confident parents equal a comfortable learning experience. ASASA Academy provides a minimum of three meetings with your child’s teacher, 4 parent workshops personalized to support your child’s online learning needs, 10 private 30 minute online sessions between parent, teacher and student, and full access to print resources. ASASA Academy focuses on building technological skills with our student’s parents to maximize connectivity and engagement with the online platform.
Myth #2: Online classes are of lower quality and are too easy
Myth #3: Contacting teachers is difficult and never timely
Being connected entirely by online formats, answering questions and receiving quick feedback is vital between teachers, parents and students. All teachers in our NE Pinetown and NW Northmount private schools will respond to all phone messages, email inquiries and questions outside of regular teaching time within two days. Following Alberta’s curriculum guidelines, our teachers are available for a minimum of 950 hours a year. Despite a more distant connection, our teachers are as accessible and as available online as they would be in person to assist your child’s Asasa Achievement.
Myth #4: Online learning is isolating and a social disadvantage
If online learning was to be disassociated from a pandemic in normal circumstances it would not be regarded as isolating. In hindsight, when it was safe to be social and gather with friends and family, e-learning is not isolating but targets a student’s social and intellectual connectivity with classmates during school, and active connections during play. With the continued health crisis of COVID-19, e-learning can be viewed as a social advantage during our state of quarantine. Digital technology allows students to connect with their classmates and teachers while social distancing. E-learning is the safest and most familiar opportunity for children to continue building relationships within the broader context of COVID-19 restrictions.
Myth #5: Online education is only for students who excel at self-learning
There is no perfect definition to characterize a successful student in a traditional classroom, and there is neither a guideline for what allows a child to thrive in an online learning environment. The motivation and passion to complete schoolwork stem from the combined contributions of parents, teachers and students regardless of the learning environment. An identical flow of learning occurs through ASASA Academy’s online platforms. Instructors focus their learning material to direct problem-solving and allow for the processing of information to utilize concepts and draw conclusions. In Asasa Achievement, passionate teachers instruct, dedicated parents engage with their child’s education and enthusiastic children love learning and interacting with teachers and fellow students. Online platforms provide an increased range of opportunities for students to learn together through new mediums and interactions.
Myth #6: Personalized instruction does not exist in an online learning environment
ASASA Academy’s NE and NW private school class sizes remain below 20 students in-person and online. With a class of this size, our educators can create a specialized learning environment that meets each students’ academic needs and give quick feedback. Teachers have the opportunity to assign tasks through a variety of materials that accommodates visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners. While keeping to the curriculum, there is wider accessibility for the teacher to support each student’s discovery of their passions as they navigate learning in a way that is motivated by curiosity.
Myth #7: Online class takes focus away from a child’s physical development
Physical activity is a foundation of ASASA Academy’s philosophy. Lesson plans accommodate and encourage a child’s physical activity with a focus on learning the benefits of remaining active. Parents and guardians play a key role in promoting their child’s activity while learning online, and our teachers are dedicated to including ample time for students to move around inside the house and adventure outside. In our current circumstances, any inability of children to physically interact with other children is limited by social distancing requirements. Therefore, the ability of a child to enjoy physical activity is at the discretion and encouragement of parents outside of normal class hours.
Myth #8: Class schedules follow at-home timeframes instead of the regular semester
Myth #9: Students do not learn as effectively as they would in a traditional classroom
Learning in an online environment establishes even more capabilities to extend our student’s learning horizons. At ASASA Academy’s private schools, our students’ curriculum is challenged beyond standard levels to boost digital literacy at an early age; Asasa Achievement extends digital literacy to help children become ‘future proof’ with their education. By utilizing integrated technology within our new learning environment, Asasa Achievement will incubate technological adeptness in our students at an even earlier age than fully in-class learning!
Myth #10: Online learning helps students cut corners
The value of education is always the effort put into it. Asasa Achievement strives to support parents and students in online learning by providing structure to a student’s day, as well as flexibility in their learning environment. Teachers aim to provide parents a head-start with access to assistance with online learning platforms, curriculum plans, course outlines, resource work plans, schedules for assignments, ongoing and continuous assessment with report cards and interviews. Our highly connected and collaborative environment with parents boosts student success. With these course structures and resources, “cutting corners” has no greater chance in an online learning environment versus fully in-class. As with regular class, it is the teacher’s, parent’s and most importantly, the student’s responsibility to come to class ready to learn and contribute. Remote learning has opened an opportunity to build foundations in a student’s integrity to be honest, credible and responsible.
Online education has many of the same responsibilities as face-to-face class. Increased opportunities in the digital space fill any gaps left by the need to socially distance our learning. In a societal situation where everything changed in the span of a year, online education allows students and parents to adapt and reach even greater heights. Asasa Achievement is here to support you and your child through their online educational journey. To learn more about Asasa Achievement’s online programs, download our handbook.