Written by Karin Joachim Pasquier for the Moser Laboratory at the Moser School
Our co-author presents a testimonial on how the staff of Moser School, a trilingual educational institution accepting students aged 8-18 in Switzerland, has overcome the pandemic and perpetuated the use of digital technologies, in particular by creating a Teams space dedicated to the exchange of content between teachers.
If the Covid-19 pandemic has changed society in many ways, education has not been spared. In Switzerland, on March 13, 2020, the Federal Council announced various measures, including the closure of schools and universities, forcing teachers to reinvent themselves and students to take lessons at home for two months.
Then, from September, the beginning of the new school year was organized in a blended form of learning, offering parallel online and face-to-face classes, thus enabling students in quarantine to attend classes no matter what. Therefore, teachers have been forced to work differently, in addition to integrating computers into their daily practice, and this is forever.
It is in this context that the Moser school, founded in 1961 in Geneva and present in Nyon and Berlin, thought about how to perpetuate the experience of its teachers. Offering a trilingual curriculum to more than 1,500 students aged 8 to 18, the institution has always been considered ahead of its time in terms of integrating new technologies… and the crisis has made sure that everything is done. The place was previously solid and functional. The experience was positive, highlighting the resilience and creativity of teachers who were able to cope with an exceptional situation.
A teaching profession built from resilience and reinvention
As of March 13, 2020, Moser school teachers have been reorganized: from the 3rd year of elementary school (equivalent to CE2 in France) to the end of secondary school (corresponding to high school), students should be able to continue the school course. . Video courses live using Teams software, shooting short films at home, doing homework online, educators have never stopped reinventing themselves. However, everything was done in a hurry, and each employee had to learn how to manage their classes, schedules and content in record time.
In order to find out about the problems faced by 116 teachers of the school during this period, a survey was sent to them to find out a little more about what they faced. 46.6% of respondents identified the context of distance learning as quite stressful, but also stimulating.
This experience has become a source of renewal and inspiration for most of the stakeholders. However, it has also been a huge workload that has forced many teachers to reorganize their content to adapt it online as well as pick up a few digital skills quickly.
Moser Channel, a space for sharing and promotion
For 4 years, the Moser School has had a Moser Lab division whose task is multifaceted: training staff in digital technologies, implementing various digital projects, and individual assistance. The Moser Lab wants to become the benchmark for digital pedagogy in schools and aims to guide teachers in developing their practice. Incidentally, the Lab also covers topics such as leadership, organizational culture, technology, data, and communication, which are very relevant in the digital age.
To meet these challenges, the lab has made it its mission to take difficult questions and turn them into opportunities. In this context, and in continuation of the observations made by teachers between March and May 2020, the team presented a platform highlighting all the work developed by teachers during this distance learning period. Thus, this virtual space, called the Moser Channel, collected and then organized by degrees and subjects educational content created by teachers.
From French to history, through science, mathematics, art or bodily expression: everyone has digitally reimagined their material, sometimes creating small digital gems or sessions full of ingenuity to overcome the possibility of seeing themselves in the flesh.
In addition, many teachers allowed students to take an active part. The Explore Our Student Videos tab contains rich and unexpected content. From theater to music, through reading or biology, students become actors in their own learning using their digital skills and classroom subjects.
There are currently 317 online courses on the platform. Based on Sharepoint (Office 365), it does several things: first of all, it allows you to share content between different Moser schools (located in Geneva, Nyon and Berlin), as well as to inspire teachers, as well as encourage them to discuss. their practices.
Its use remains simple: access by level, then by discipline. The courses are then listed with the topics covered, the target degree and its author. Teachers looking to enrich the platform can write to the Moser Lab team or upload their videos to Microsoft Stream. They are then reorganized and classified according to their content and relevance.
Whereas until now teachers have kept their materials separate, Moser Channel promotes their work and facilitates exchanges between school staff, making life easier for them and therefore ensuring better collaboration.
Thus, the pandemic has become a vector of positive changes in the field of education. Teachers have discovered and then integrated into their daily practice the concept of flipped classrooms, the use of videos, the integration of activities through tools such as Forms, Socrative, Quizlet or Teams, the organization of online support, or the use of OneNote to manage homework.
In the meantime, the Moser Channel platform continues to evolve and grow, offering a variety of content that reflects the world we now live in. In addition, MoserLab has created a learning catalog offering teaching staff, as well as students and administrative groups, tutorials on all the software and applications they use on a daily basis.
Through continuous educational monitoring, Moser Lab will ensure regular updates to its educational catalog and Moser Channel platform, as well as the development of new projects.