With all schools shut around the globe due to the pandemic, the education settings changed dramatically causing repercussions and doubts. So one might ask, “How Education Has Changed Forever?” Can it be a good thing?
In many ways, education has profoundly changed. The new normal has been overwhelming. Some are even anxious about its impact on education. But instead of spending our time thinking about how exigent the situation is, teachers can take it on the positive side.
With approximately 1.277 billion learners directly affected by the global pandemic, it’s a good thing there are a lot of viable options that best support this indefinite change. For one, technology has substantially lengthened access to education. In other words, we need to be optimistic that the COVID 19 outbreak has changed education forever and it’s for the better.
The rise of distance learning delivery modalities has become accessible and can be equitable to all. Whereby, digital and eLearning platforms have been adopted by schools all over the world. Billions of students are learning with their online teacher behind screens. Thus, homeschooling has become a glorious trend!
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How Education Has Changed Forever: And Why That’s a Good Thing
The global pandemic may have changed the traditional and usual pattern of education but our positive outlook about preparing the students for life is our best lifeline force to clip us to a safety line to a better future.
1. Digital platforms offer flexible teaching and learning schedules.
The revolution of online education created flexible learning schedules and accessibility to different learning platforms. Since the great transition happened, ways of learning have gone beyond what’s traditional. In this light, the education sector in different countries tapped their credibility in creating free and available resources for students regardless of status and socio-economic background.
Many online learning platforms offer free access to teachers and students. Hence, instructional delivery has been made possible. Indeed, the incorporation of technology in education years back has made teachers comfortable in adapting extensively ‘live streaming’ and other strategies of online learning. It is just not new to us. Therefore, it’s quite easy to navigate its realm after all.
2. Technology makes us adaptive to the future and modern setting of education.
Schools around the world are beginning to redefine learning spaces in a way that enables the new model of education to foster more interaction in small groups.
The present situation encourages us to get in the way of educating future generations. Also, technology has played a major role in the modernization of the education sector, including educators.
With technology-based tools such as wikis and Google docs, classroom walls are no longer a barrier. Traditionally, collaboration is limited to students in the same classroom. Today, technology enables everyone far and near to communicate and collaborate without limit.
The technological inventions not only offer a mouse-click away access to information but also incredible training to learn life skills and make children more adaptive to what the future might hold.
3. Online collaborative work and efforts have been amplified.
The present situation enhances collaboration between teachers and parents, teachers and students, and among students and teachers. This perfected cooperation improves interconnectivity and gauges the education sector to establish ways to make education accessible to all especially those socio-economic issues.
Another scale to consider to see this magnificent collaboration is in the online learning arrangement. Just like in traditional face-to-face learning, students are allowed and are encouraged to develop teamwork and collaboration. Teachers can do this effortlessly through amazing online learning platforms where students can create and work through micro-groups.
Furthermore, the relationship between teachers and parents is strengthened as well. The trying times help educators and parents collaborate and make the chosen alternative of instructional delivery successful.
The education sector just has to always intensify its ways of giving students access to online learning opportunities. In the context of in-depth collaboration and interconnectivity, teachers’ sharing of best practices is deeply encouraged.
4. A teacher’s role in education is redefined.
Knowing that distance learning is explicitly different from face-to-face instruction, a teacher’s role in education is redefined. That is why a teacher like me has to attend training and webinars to enhance my adaptability to the big change in the teaching setup.
By being exposed to diverse modes of instructional delivery I am confident that the dramatic change in education is for the better. Dwelling on the challenges of this transition won’t help at all without that positive outlook that learning can still be facilitated no matter how distant it is.
“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.” – Yasmin Mogahed
Regardless of the negative impact of the pandemic that caused the economic cost to the world, our capacity to recover quickly mitigated the disruptions in education.
The deranged learning got new attention: Our resiliency to the new form of education spelled out success and a positive response to COVID 19.
As an educator, I foresee the incredible advantages of remote teaching and learning given our present condition. With our collaborative efforts, I believe that something wonderful is about to happen.