During the remote learning period, online learning was vital for progression in children’s learning. However, it can be difficult for children to access online learning and continue to maintain engagement with online learning daily. It is, therefore, important to ensure that through remote learning, children still have opportunities to participate fully in engaging lessons to help them reach their potential and meet the four capacities of the curriculum. Pupil engagement enhances children’s willingness to learn and improves their performance. It also plays a significant role in their emotional wellbeing as it reduces the sense of isolation. (Martin & Bolliger, 2018). Stipek (2011), states that children require the psychological and emotional tools necessary to comfortably engage in a public learning context. Despite these children being in school for the past 4 years, remote learning is a completely new and different environment for them. They have to adapt to this new way of teaching and accessing resources online. Remote learning and lockdown can not only affect children academically but also socially and emotionally. Thus, it is significant to support their Health and Wellbeing to allow them to feel comfortable, included, valued and encourage them to engage online with their peers and teachers. This can be through fun activities that will spark an interest for greater interaction online. When pupils are engaged in their learning, this increases achievement and provides them with opportunities to shape their own experiences and progression. (Scottish Government, 2011). Therefore, I will be evaluating the use of engaging and interesting daily challenges to improve engagement in online learning.
The aim of this enquiry was to evaluate the success of using enjoyable daily challenges to increase children’s online engagement on Microsoft Teams.