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Building a Resilient Classroom for Life After Covid

by Jen

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From the traditional to remote teaching, what makes a classroom resilient?

As the US navigates different modes of teaching and learning since the advent of Covid-19, we now know that whether it's a remote classroom, a traditional classroom, or somewhere inbetween, resilience is key to moving forward. But what is it really that makes for a resilient classroom?

Smallpdf recently interviewed a number of teachers across the country to find out more about how they managed to make their way through remote and hybrid learning through a pandemic. We discover not only what they were struggling with when it came to managing documents, but just how powerful a simple document can be when teachers need to bridge the gap between them and their students.

Will Remote Learning Be the "New Normal"?


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Even though being at the epicenter of a deeply complex remote experience, like remote learning, can make it feel like this could go on forever, it probably won't. Covid has made an incredible impact on how we conduct education, but if we approach the situation with a hint of optimism, we can see a few positives that have come from it:

  • Schools and teachers have been stretched beyond measure—and they've made it work.
  • Schools now have experience in quickly adapting to remote learning from the traditional classroom. If this shift is required again in future, they are now equipped to manage this transition even more effectively.
  • Schools and teachers are also now familiar with all the tools needed to support remote learning.
  • Software development for education has accelerated manifold, meaning better quality tools developed in a shorter time span.
  • Schools, teachers, and the wider community now have a fundamental appreciation for and ability to adapt to uncertainty—whatever that may be.

Adapt, Survive, & Thrive


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In any setting, resilience is about having the capacity to bounce back from a difficult situation and carry on as usual, or even more effectively, despite the challenge. As teachers and schools have led the way to successful remote learning with what resources are available to them, they've been an inspiring reminder that adapting is the first and most important step in building resilience.

Schools and teachers have faced innumerable challenges in the past year, but with documents, four challenges stood out for us as common among them all:

  • Educational resource management (mostly how to organize and manage teaching materials with PDF tools to split, merge, add page numbers, and make PDFs editable)
  • Document accessibility for students (how to make PDFs editable, so students can work on documents from the get-go)
  • Parent-teacher communication (mostly related to e-signing documents, sharing them, and then storing them)
  • School administration and coordination (to do with the internal workings of the school and how efficient document management enhances productivity)

Even though schools and teachers have been faced by these document challenges for the first time, they've tackled these head on and have shown us, yet again, how resourceful teachers can be. They've figured out what tools to use to merge and split PDFs, save and share PDF resources, make PDFs editable so their students can use them, how to make e-signing a breeze for parents, and how to manage whole school networks digitally.

It's this type of adaptability that has fostered environments where education, whatever it looks like, can continue and thrive. This is true resilience. This is the resilient classroom.

Did you enjoy this article? You can download our latest education e-book, From the Class To the Cloud: How Schools Can Leverage Digital Tools To Make the Move To Digital.

Jennifer Rees
UX Writer