The Coronavirus Pandemic has not only reiterated the face of human social bonding but also how the education system will manage to reach the most malleable of minds-students. Learning does not stop at any age. However, the learning technology has changed, and it is nothing like the environment a classroom, a book, and the guiding hand of a teacher provides.
As soon as the lockdown was announced, educational institutions shifted base to online classrooms. Both the students and the teachers had to amp up their digital learning skills and impart information through the camera. Some schools provided intelligent devices to needy students to catch up on online classes, and some tuition-providing online startups began gaining popularity.
National Board exams were either postponed or canceled, and we wondered what kind of workforce pool is getting ready for the future if the learning process is this half-hearted. However, learning does not stop, and for all reasons, our future generations are getting accustomed to the new normal. They would be comfortable upgrading their skills to match with remote job opportunities and cut downtime involved in traveling to and fro work or experiencing a fall in productivity because of the office environment.
For job opportunities that just cannot be remotely accessed, practicals are crucial for in-depth understanding. How do you think the students will understand Physics, Chemistry, or Biology without controlled experiments in laboratories? Nature provides a little playground for the students to learn Science from it, mainly if they are restricted to the four walls of their home.
Students also have trouble concentrating in class because of loss of focus on the screen, and technical difficulties are quite frequent an inhibitor to fuel disinterest.
However, this shift in the education management information system did enable the student database in the new education system to access knowledge from any part of the world at a lower cost, as long as a smart device and a stable internet connection are available. Teachers have also become efficient educators by exploring interesting tools like PDFs, videos, and Powerpoint presentations to impart knowledge. The Students can also learn based on whether they know better through audio or video in the comfort of their home.
The education system needs to accommodate teacher training and effective forms of digital learning tools and evaluation methods to ensure that the students emerge more knowledgeable than they could have been in a typical classroom setting.
Kalpaka can contribute to this by:
- Reaching out to students of needy households and ensuring they don’t miss out on the online education system because they cannot afford smart devices or the internet.
- Conducting digital learning classes for needy students for them to never miss out on an opportunity to study.
- Conducting digital learning workshops for Government school teachers to upgrade the teachers’ information system through digital learning skills.