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Teaching Without Limits: Empowering Educators with Viber

Teaching Without Limits: Empowering Educators with Viber

ImageMany educators, particularly those new to the profession, are daunted by the prospect of using digital tools, fearing they may not have the resources or technical know-how to make it work. However, there is a lifeline that can ease these worries and empower novice teachers: Viber.

Viber, the ubiquitous messaging app, can be a game-changer for educators seeking to implement collaborative assignments in their classrooms. It offers a user-friendly, accessible, cost-effective platform that transcends resource limitations. Teachers can create dedicated groups for each assignment, making it easier for students to collaborate. Collaborative assignments on Viber transform the learning experience into an engaging and interactive journey, cultivating a sense of community and shared responsibility among students. Whether it's a history project, a science experiment, or a literature analysis, students can discuss, plan, and share resources in real-time, promoting a sense of teamwork, even when physical presence is impossible. 

The app also allows seamless file sharing, enabling students to send documents, images, videos, and links related to their project. Moreover, teachers can use Viber to set deadlines, send reminders, and monitor progress. This functionality ensures students stay on track, providing valuable support when needed.

ImageBeyond the practical applications, the benefits of using Viber for collaborative assignments are numerous. It fosters inclusivity, as it only requires a basic smartphone and an internet connection, making it accessible to all students. The real-time chat feature enhances communication, engagement, and the development of critical skills such as digital literacy, effective communication, and time management. Embrace the potential of Viber, and watch your learning taking place 24/7, moving beyond school hours and walls. Image

UNESCO Myanmar has developed a Viber online course, focusing on communication tools for teaching and learning. This course is available on the Myanmar Teacher Platform, and we encourage you to take it.

Fruit for Thought (Reflective Questions):

  1. How confident are you using a smartphone when communicating with others? 

  2. What factors are significantly in boosting your motivation to use your Viber for educational purposes?

  3. What steps do you think need to be taken to enhance your confidence?

  4. Have you ever thought of putting a plan for gradually using Viber for your instruction?  

  5. What are your biggest fears when it comes to use a mobile-based application for education? 

  6. What can be done to confront and address that fear?


UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers:

Covered Competency: 

Aspect 4: Application of Digital Skills

Teacher Competency:  

  • Identify the function of hardware components and common productivity software applications, and be able to use them.

Objectives: 

KA.4.I. : Use communication and collaboration technologies, including mobile technologies 




Sources:

Hadar, Lior. (2020). Community Masters: Back to School. On the Viber Platform. Retrieved from Community Masters: Back To School | Viber

Viet Nam News. (Sep, 2020). Viber adds new functions to enhance educational activities. Retrieved from Viber adds new functions to enhance educational activities (vietnamnews.vn)

Ali, R. (2022). Potential of Viber Messenger to Foster Online Social Presence among Blended Learning Students. Journal of Educators Online19(3), n3. Retrieved from EJ1363830.pdf (ed.gov)



Suggested online YouTube tutorials for beginners:

 How to Use Viber on Android - YouTube

How to Use Viber | Beginners Guide to Viber (2022) - YouTube

How To Create A Group On Viber - YouTube

How to Create a Group on Viber - YouTube

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