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The concept of traditional education in Nigeria has changed radically within the last six months. Being physically present in a classroom isn’t the only learning option anymore, especially not with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are adopting new ways to improve pedagogy and ensure the absolute safety of both their teachers and students.

However, with the Federal Government loosening the pandemic restrictions on schools, school administrators will undoubtedly begin to cling-on to the big question of “Should we resume full time?” or “How will we handle social distancing?”, “What effect will blended learning have on our students?”

Being faced with these difficult decisions could bring about a strong consideration of establishing an online school for a smooth blended learning experience, i.e., combining traditional classroom learning and online learning, allowing flexibility of space and time for learning. See our article on redefining students’ learning experience through blended learning.

As parents weigh the pros and cons on behalf of their children, and schools scramble for pandemic-friendly solutions, here are some helpful FAQs relating to Gradely online schooling platform that you need know:

What is a typical day like for a Gradely Online Student?
Firstly, it is important to understand that Gradely offers students access to tons of online learning features to help keep them engaged throughout the learning period. Just like in a physical school, Gradely online students are assigned to various classes where all their learning activities will be conducted and monitored by their teacher online.

Because Gradely is a personalized learning platform, students are at liberty to learn at their own pace. Our team of developers have designed Gradely in such a way that it accommodates a multitude of needs and preferences for the students. While some attend live lessons through Gradely’s video conferencing tool, others can download pre-recorded video lessons and discuss unclear topics or ask questions via the live class feed. This feature allows for student-teacher collaboration.

A Teacher scrolling through the School Social Space (Gradely Live Class Feed)

If the teacher decides to give a quiz or homework at the end of the day, Gradely automatically alerts every student in the class that there’s an assignment due on a specific date and time. Students may also decide to have fun while still studying at the same time with Gradely gamification.

What Role Do Parents Play in Gradely Online School?
Even though online learning is not the same as homeschooling, parents of online students need to be prepared to take nearly as active a role in their child’s education. They can be like the in-person “learning coach” for their children, which is why with Gradely, after signing up parents can easily invite their children’s schools and become part of their children’s learning process/progress through real-time collaboration with the school personnel/teachers.

The Gradely Dashboard of a newly signed-up Parent

The platform also gives parents access to their children’s daily progress reports, allowing them the opportunity to recognize their children’s strengths and weaknesses and understand their specific educational requirements in order to provide the right intervention.

Report Progress of a Gradely Student

Is Gradely Curriculum Compliant?
Definitely! Gradely is built by learning specialists guided by the Nigerian and the British curriculum. The Nigerian curriculum prepares your students for Nigerian accredited examinations at the Senior and Junior Secondary school level (i.e. WASSCE/NECO), while the British curriculum is designed to prepare them for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

What are the Technical Requirements for Gradely?
All you need to get started with Gradely is a computer, a tablet, or even a mobile phone with a connection to the internet. If your students are learning or practicing with non-video content such as homeworks or quizzes, they’ll essentially be using at least 300MB per week. However, with video lessons, live classes, or one-on-one live tutoring, data usage of 1GB is consumed per week.

How can we be sure our students don’t fall too far behind?
First of all, it is important to note that Gradely is an online school that empowers schools to quickly identify gaps in their students’ learning and supports parents to plug them before it’s too late. In other words, Gradely ensures no child lags.

After a teacher delivers a topic, and students participate in quizzes, assignments, and homework, Gradely identifies struggling students and alerts the teachers to place focus on the identified students by recommending remedial classes, video lessons, or personal tutorials, etc. depending on each students’ pain point.

A Teacher approving Gradely-recommended video lessons for their students

More so, if in an online class, the majority of students’ performance in a particular topic is below average, the teacher will be required to further drill the students on that topic before moving to another.

How do I take my school online with Gradely?

As a Parent, you can simply click on the “Invite your school” button on your dashboard, after signing up as a Parent via www.gradely.ng and adding your child. As a School owner, registering your school on Gradely is also not a hard nut to crack. Simply visit our website at www.gradely.ng and click on the “sign up as a school” button. Thereafter, you proceed to create an account for your school. When this is done, you can then begin to set up your school in the online space. Note, however, a monthly subscription fee of Three thousand Naira (N3000) per student will be required for full access to Gradely’s online school features.

Gradely School Features pricing Table

If you have got any other questions which has not been highlighted above, do send an email to support@gradely.ng or call us at +234 810 059 8268. As always, we’re happy to hear from you and give answers to all your inquiries.

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