A virtual classroom for primary students is a very big challenge.
Although virtual classroom works well with university students it’s very challenging for children because of multiple reasons.
-Child’s cognitive development has special learning needs: social interaction, continuous teacher support
-Frequent conference calls with more than 20 students requires easy synchronous interaction
-Children autonomy to work. Parent support is not always possible (lack of knowledge, language problems, lack of time)
-Class sessions length should be very short and requires frequent visual support, so teachers need a simple and friendly video editing
-Virtual online whiteboard with all real tools included for real time visual collaboration
-Learning activities adapted to students progress
-Carefully designed learning-through-play experiences
-Fully interactive, allowing easy group work.
-Child’s information must be securely protected.
-Technical challenges: slow loading speeds, connectivity.
-Resources Challenge: to get a computer or tablet for all students