- Being educators themselves, the management team at AOne noticed the turmoil that their peers were facing, and decided to help out.
- This initiative was met with much enthusiasm, and within three months, more than a million minutes of teaching time was accumulated on our account.
When the world was plagued by the novel coronavirus in early 2020, most countries reacted by going into lockdown. The Malaysian government did the same in an attempt to restrict local spread of the virus, and the country was placed under a movement control order (MCO) since March of the same year. Citizens were discouraged to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary, and non-essential establishments, including schools and learning centres, were ordered to stay closed.
Since then, many education centres had struggled to adapt to this change. Most centres in the country had been operating similarly to schools prior to this, where lessons were conducted in physical classrooms, and students had the freedom to interact freely with their teachers and with each other. However, since the MCO was instated, this kind of teaching model could no longer be used in the near future. Faced with such a sudden crisis, many learning centres had been scrambling to find alternative solutions, and not all had succeeded.
Being educators themselves, the management team at AOne noticed the turmoil that their peers were facing, and decided to help out. While there were teachers who had successfully adopted Zoom as their teaching platform, they did still face issues like fewer opportunities for interactive teaching, difficulty adding ad hoc teaching materials when students have questions etc. Eager to help, our team combed the web for solutions, and finally stumbled upon the whiteboard teaching platform HeyHi.
HeyHi is a cloud-based whiteboard app that can work on any digital device, such as laptops, phones and tablets. The way that this platform is superior to Zoom and Youtube is that it allows interactive real-time tutoring between teachers and students. Educators can write or draw on the whiteboard, attach files at any time, and chat with students via a chat feature during lessons. This creates a much more similar environment to a classroom setting, which allows for a smoother transition from offline classes to digital learning.
In an effort to give back to the community, AOne partnered with HeyHi to offer the app’s service for free to all our current clients. This initiative was met with much enthusiasm, and within three months, more than a million minutes of teaching time was accumulated on our account. There had been queries about the sensibility of doing so from a business perspective, as no revenue was generated from the partnership. However, to us, the main objective during these uncertain times should not be to make money; but to help out fellow educators in the country. In AOne, we believe in the philosophy “givers gain,” and we firmly believe that as long as we can provide value to our clients, the reward will come someday.