Every child has a right to education. The education imparted in schools and colleges faces a major setback at the time of a difficult situation like a pandemic Corona Virus when all educational institutes shut down.
But, can teaching and learning stop?
No, learning should not stop at any cost. When our life took a difficult turn, the way students study has changed around the globe. Educationists around the world have found new solutions and approach that widens the parameter of education. Almost all the institutions are teaching through online portals around the world.
Introduction of Digital platform for teaching is not new but in a pandemic stricken world, every school and college depends on the internet education. The pros and cons of advanced digital medium for higher studies have not been discovered completely, but the future of education depends mostly on web portals.
Future transformation of education is a welcoming change with interactive apps. The tagline-“learning anything anytime” is sure to stay for a longer time after the pandemic is long gone. It is the future of education. Education ministry in developed countries like Hong Kong, China, Netherlands, and the USA are taking serious steps to have online education in the frontline.
Schools are dedicated to providing quality learning to their students but what about the kids from economically weaker sections?
Online educational resources are accessible to only 60 per cent of the world’s population. Children from less affluent families can’t take virtual classes on tablets and laptops. It is a major disadvantage that they will be left behind from their peers due to additional costs of data plans and gadgets. Some places do not have excellent access to the internet. Students in rural areas will lack behind their friends living with good internet access. Thus, the 5G network is highly developed countries is a boon for their kids.
Free and unlimited online studies are the things of the future but it will take initiatives from telecom industry and non-profit investment organizations. There must be low-cost internet facilities with greater speed to reduce a socioeconomic gap between children. Even teachers need support and training for the changed scenario of education.
The three ways in which the pandemic COVID-19 could reshape education are:
The situation where a student can’t reach an institution, the school has to come to the student. Thus, there are interactive apps called cloud meeting apps that reach every household. Students are learning at home through the medium of internet and online teaching aid. It is more like a face-to-face video call where the student receives step by step instructions. The writing material is also sent via different apps and tools. There is a need for education to be digitalized to get it absorbed in daily life.
The pandemic will result in a remarkable socio-economic gap, inequality of work and unemployment. The recession may be the aftermath of this worse situation. So, the curriculum for the next decade children in this unpredictable world should include problem-solving and adaptability. The children must be taught how to stay strong and make informed decisions in tough situations in their life. The courses must be skill-based rather than being theoretical. The children must learn the techniques and skills to self direct themselves and their learning abilities.
First steps in the Digitization of education must be the coming together of private technology providers and public telecom sector. Education is predominantly government-aided so the private sector and the public sector need to work hand in hand to improve the digital platform that provides education to every doorstep.
Online learning is cloud-based nowadays. Collaborations among book publishers and educational institutes in the development of assessment tool are an insight into the future. Technology is taking leaps to shift the education from being content-based to interactive video learning. This potential shift will improve student-teacher relationships.
The teachers will be trained in e-learning modules along with classroom teaching for the future. There must be e-counseling services to support the students in distress due to study pressure and no socialization. Children face a lot of problems without personal guidance and coaching from a teacher. The teachers will be well versed with the latest technology platforms and take care of students’ physical and emotional wellbeing.
Education innovation has seen interest from the private sector from the last 10 years. There are many online learning apps like Zoom cloud, EdPlus Kids app, Duolingo etc. that had a lot of money rolling. While the students from a low-income group cannot avail many benefits from them, there is hope from the digital revolution.
With the onset of this pandemic, many large companies that can provide education solutions have stepped forward to take an interest. Microsoft and Google in U.S. and Tencent and Alibaba in China may collaborate inside the education sector with a common goal- taking education to every student at home.
Every parent needs to have a little digital literacy to help the kids to cope up with newfound digital learning. Although it’s a disadvantage that some students from the low-income groups will face multiple challenges in the first phase with increase in many non-profit making companies taking interest in supporting children’s digital education, there is a bright future for everyone.
After the pandemic will be over, the institutions will indeed revert to normal or the way that they were used to be. But the new learning apps imbibed to teach the curriculum will stay for good. The way the world will look at education is going to change. There will be a demand for a change of pattern in studies and its execution.Order Now