Is the level of education declining due to the online mode? | India News


New Delhi: It is often mentioned that a lack of social and physical interaction can reduce the cognitive development of an individual. This is blamed entirely on online education and is seen to negatively affect a child’s actual potential and development.

We see reports in the flourishing media indicating that online education has failed to live up to its potential and has not supported the goal of education.

So does this mean that the level of education is dropping due to the online mode?

A big ‘No’ from where we are. Educational facilitators focusing on the well-being of children with a fiery determination for holistic development are the key determinant of online education quality and growth.

We live in a world completely surrounded by technology. A world of applications, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Although existing in cyberspace during on-site schooling, it was not the primary mode of education. In today’s world, this is something we cannot function without.

Online education has made people travel while being part of education in a comfortable semi-formal atmosphere. As they say, “we learn from our travels”. But now travel is no longer limited to the fall, winter, spring or summer holidays, as digital platforms have literally made international education possible. We cater to the needs of children in Dubai, Japan, the United States and China. It is the international travelers who, despite being the youngest section of elementary school, have built into their system that the learning must continue. Students do not lack education even when traveling to different countries.

Suddenly, the cyberworld of educational facilities that was hidden or underexplored, though still available, was waiting to be discovered and explored.

Teachers have started exploring multiple websites like Prezi, Nearpod, Weebly, Live Binders, Wiki Spaces, Edutopia, Keepvid, and many more. The list is endless. Their curious and inquisitive young minds inspired learners to explore the same with excellence.

How could ICT applications remain far behind?

iMovie, Garage Band, Flip Grid, Kahoot, Quizlet, Math Duel, Sketchpad, Toontastic, Shapego and other wonders awaited young people on a treasure island.

Learners created their own presentation system, and the physical pen and paper took shape digitally. A pencil and colored pencil have been replaced by and a digital brush.

The learning centers in the classroom took the form of bitmoji virtual classrooms (where there are one-click learning centers; bitmojis being part of the classroom setting) where every child could explore and review understanding.

Student-led physical inquiries leading to higher-order questioning skills were previously limited to nearby people under adult supervision. Today’s advanced digital learning mode has made virtual surveys possible with support for survey tools like google forms, mentimeter, polleverywhere, and more.

Therefore, this 360-degree transformation of the teaching and learning process has not stopped students from investigating, creating, communicating, collaborating, organizing and being responsible for their learning and management. their actions with digital citizenship in mind.

All this and much more was made possible and achievable thanks to the virtual classes starting from “google meet” and going through “zoom”.

These videoconferencing applications allowed the learner to feel the presence of others and to create a world for themselves and for themselves.

“Change” is the only thing that is inevitable and constant. The faster we adapt and the more we are open to suggestions, the better we are listening to change. This brings us to a growth mindset.

Previously, traveling abroad for inter-school collaboration was only a feasible idea for the older group of students. This is now possible sitting in the comfort of their home for the younger age group. Making the IB an extended shared family has only become possible through online teaching and learning experiences.

Play-based learning using the sense organs has created a whirlwind of difference in teaching and learning resources. Websites that focus on multiple areas of development are used to provide holistic development to the young researcher.

We learn faster when we learn in a mixed-ability classroom. Did we realize that because of online education, enthusiastic parents would sit near their child to understand this new method and unknowingly play a very important role in their child’s education. This is what the school has wanted for years, that parents play an equal role in their child’s education and work in partnership with the school.

Thinking about the purpose of education, whether for the retention of knowledge, the understanding of a concept, the analysis and synthesis of data, the evaluation of prior learning or the application of prior learning, everything is possible today ‘hui in the new normal.

So how can we say that the level of education is declining due to online education? It’s us adults who haven’t spent our growing years in this type of world filled with artificial intelligence that makes us filter the thoughts of a young mind on impossibility. Have we thought about it and given an open choice to a young learner? Or is it our thoughts and experiences that create a barrier in communication for them?

We often hear people say that “today’s kids have a computer chip in mind and adapt to technology so quickly”. So what’s the matter in this new world

education system, which prompted us to go online and met the needs of all in all aspects of life?

By Mrs. Bushra Khan

The author is the PP coordinator and head of primary at Mount Litera School International

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