Saturday, December 4

Teachers’ TikTok and classroom karaoke are some of the ways to keep students moving forward

From karaoke to TikTok, Auckland teachers are using every trick they can think of to keep their students interested in learning during the lockdown.

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Professor Europa Lusa dusted off his microphone and resumed his emergency entertainment channel: closed karaoke.
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Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate principal Kiri Turketo said the confinement did not have the novel value of last year’s experience and that made it difficult for students to get excited.

“This time it’s different, we’ve done it before and it’s ‘oh no, here we go again.’ So the motivation in the students is lower than last time,” he said.

She said teachers had to go the extra mile to make sure their students were doing well.

“It’s almost as if every person on deck has become a personal trainer, a life coach,” he said.

The karaoke teacher

When the nation went to alert level 4 last month, Sir Edmund Hillary’s university professor of English and social studies, Europa Lusa, dusted off his microphone and resumed his emergency entertainment channel: closed karaoke.

He said he began recording and posting his karaoke online during the national shutdown last year as a way to entertain his family and friends.

But when he returned to school he found that the students had discovered him and liked him.

“A lot of our students had come across my YouTube channel and were saying ‘Sir, I see you’re recording your karaoke and it’s amazing to see you doing that.’

He said he used karaoke as a way to share positive energy with his students during the lockdown and yes, he accepts applications.

The TikTok Professor

Rena Zhu, Professor of Business Studies at Glenfield College, has turned to the video-sharing network TikTok as a means to supplement her students’ lessons.

“I know a lot of them are probably on their phones during the lockdown and might not be as committed to learning, so I thought maybe I would just create a TikTok and upload some short educational videos on my topic so the students can be on. their phone, but also on a platform that they love to use, “he said.

Rena Zhu.

Rena Zhu.
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And it is working.

“Students have said that the videos help them understand more and I have some comments from random students who are not from Glenfield College who say that the videos have helped them as well,” he said.

Zhu said it was important to establish work that was not so difficult as to disconnect students and also include sessions that were mostly fun.

“Making fun zoom calls that aren’t always about learning, so trying to mix it up a bit so people are still motivated to go to Google classrooms, meet teachers, and communicate positively,” said.

Games and challenges

At Randwick Park School in Manurewa, Year 5-6 teacher Kristin Rich said that the children learned with enthusiasm.

“I’m really amazed at how motivated they are. They really enjoy connecting, and at this age, they can figure out how to work on the internet and their devices so much better,” she said.

Rich said he suspected the online sessions gave children a welcome break from the routine at home.

“As soon as we connect, many of them chat continuously because they are so excited to see their friends,” he said.

She said the biggest challenges were technical, with issues like kids’ internet connections dropping during video sessions.

However, he said that some students were less motivated to work and that quizzes and contests were helpful in engaging them.

Students finding motivation

Glenfield student Emily Freestone said she lost interest in the school in the first days of the current closure, but had established a routine that kept her on track.

“A couple of days ago I found a good routine, I did things that motivated me. For example, before school I would go out for a good walk. I would wake up, it would make the brain work,” he said. .

She said earlier in the year that she had set a goal of gaining an endorsement of excellence for NCEA Level 3, and that also helped her stay on track.

Lyric Te Ao, a student at Papatoetoe High, said she found it difficult to stay motivated at best, so the lockdown was a bit tricky.

“All my motivation to do school work or do things has completely diminished since the lockdown started,” he said.

“The fact that my teachers made me feel guilty has been very good. Throughout all the confinements I have been putting things off, the only thing that motivates me is the delivery of my interns and I have to rush everything,” he said.

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