Updated: Jul 27
Surprisingly, schools in India have now moved to online study halls. It's a battle between students, teachers and parents. Since March 2020, whenever we switch on the television, all we come across is the news of people dying and cured. Everyone is worried about their life and future. Keeping ourselves and children busy become the need since the lock-down, and virtual classes have ended up being useful in these difficult times. We salute teachers who show constant dedication to help shaping future of India.
Online class is a challenge Technology plays a vital role across all sectors. When it comes to education, it integrates both face-to-face and online learning opportunities. Practical activities such as interacting, observing, recording, analyzing and even driving data interpretation is happening from technology online. Despite the accessibility of the content, its application, how to utilize it and convey it to the children in the correct way is a challenge. Integrating technology from teacher-centered space mostly works as a facilitator rather than a trainer.
Virtual meet vs. physical meet At the point when teacher meets a student physically, a connection is built up and it gets likely to manage or explain any circumstance right away. While in an online class, that connection was missing. In any case, soon teacher will learn to build that connection by delivering high quality content online. For student to take interest, present or participate actively in the class, it is very important to deliver lecture in a proper manner with quality. There are multiple apps available during which helps creating highly interactive content. We still don’t know when things will have returned to usual. So, with one motive – “Continuous learning” - teachers should plan, prepare and keeps things running.
Playful learning To maintain work-life balance; it is yet another important to opt some game events along with online study. We all know it’s not an easy task for teachers to create friendly atmosphere which accepts everyone needs. Activities like yoga, meditation, music and sometime dance helps to make their mind more relaxing. Technical tools make the classroom fun, so children are excited to learn.
Reduced workload Maintaining records on register or paper is not an easy task. Records on student performance, class attendance, courses taken by students, school enrollment and others can be stored on a computer. Computer records are not easily lost though, they can be accessed at any time, as opposed to traditional methods of recording on papers that can easily be misplaced.
Prepare students for their future careers Use of phone and technology enables teachers to prepare for the real-world environment. The world is changing at a neck pace towards technology. Thus, it is crucial that students are equipped with latest skills that will help them cope with change. Integration of technology in the field of education provides learning opportunities to pursue careers such as education, programming, IT and among others.
Sharpens student skills The information on the internet is less expensive as compared to buying multiple textbooks for different courses. Using technology, one can access to the most up-to-date information quickly and easily. It enhances collaboration between student and teachers by which information can easily share from any location. Complications such as communication, self-direction for complex problem-solving, research and choice are acquired and enhanced using technical tools. It allows students to demonstrate independence.
Multi-media approach to education Using audio-visual approach in education, using audio-video, short movie or story make perception easier. Students learn rather than listen; this helps them remember that they learn more easily. Such teaching engages student animation, video and diagrams tell students to participate in answering questions, group discussions etc.
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While thinking about web-based learning, be prepared for the possible 4 disadvantages:
Interaction: Having the option to gain access from anyplace, sometime creates a negative in the realm of web-based learning. During physical meet, one can meet, interact with teachers and other students. That social viewpoint is lost when it comes to online study. Some online work involves group study which is often more difficult when you can't meet face-to-face.
Diverse teaching style: Without physical presence, the teaching options are constrained. Course material in the class vs. online may be same but when it comes to convenience, physical learning is more effective. This is because teacher can tailor the guidance based on students’ reactions. During online study, there are number of limitations like hands-on experience, live projects or experience.
Response or Feedback: While delivering lecture online, we might notice that the feedback gets delayed; we get immediate response during physical lecture. Also, when we have a question answer activity taking place at a real time, it is more streamlined and in a natural flow vs. online. Things can be clarified in more suitable manner and with examples which doesn’t fulfill during online sessions.
Accountability: Online class makes it easier for students to make their availability and participation as little as possible. The teacher is prepared to control participation in the class. Virtual learning puts greater responsibility to students and their parents. At home, it’s difficult to create the classroom infrastructure and so children sometimes may skip classes or loose interest.
Online study or virtual study is the future of the education system. The traditional education is already left behind. Of course, online study or taking class is not an easy task. Sometime, technology can act as assessment tool. Before COVID-19, technology is used for entertainment but now everyone understands the importance of technology. Time has come to upscale our knowledge as it brings new opportunities to our life. With technology integrated into the education curriculum, it gives flexibility to students to read multiple different topics.
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