Digital technologies make it easier and cheaper for learners to access learning resources than traditional education.
Education has always been a rewarding process throughout an individual’s life. The learnings not only provide direction, but also add to the goal. The method of education during the period has only evolved to meet these demands of an individual. “In line with the ideology mentioned above, the key learning throughout the year 2021 has been the digitization of education which will continue to play a vital role in the teaching and learning mechanism. The two years of the pandemic have ushered in greater opportunities and unique learning perspectives, ”said Divya Jain, Director and Founder, The Class of One in an exclusive interaction with Financial Express Online. Extracts:
How did 2021 go for the education sector?
The key learning throughout the year 2021 has been the digitization of education which will continue to play a vital role in the teaching-learning process. Online education has added flexibility in choosing the best times for students and made it easier to learn at its own pace. The availability of learning resources and learning new technological tools was an added advantage.
Learning to work with others in a virtual environment can make a leader more effective. Essential leadership skills can be developed by using specialist knowledge, creating effective processes, and making decisions about best communication practices, such as what should be discussed in person or electronically.
Parents offer their cooperation and support their children at any age in their learning process. As a student you need more attention and support from them. You should see parents as your secondary educators. As online education is more transparent and parents are more aware of the methodologies used and the school’s efforts to provide the best for their children, they appreciate and become co-partners to identify learning gaps and correct them.
What role has technological development played in the development of the education sector?
Thanks to advanced technology, everyone is familiar with the digital world and its applications. Online learning can be more effective whenever you want to study or refer to any study material. Learning new technological tools made the learning interesting and the retention of concepts effective.
Advances in technology have been of great support for teachers to plan and execute their lessons effectively and to create a desirable classroom environment. With reporting and analysis tools, teachers can automate the scoring system, digital tests, and track student performance progress. With the help of such learning platforms, there are no geographic barriers. AR technologies can create interactive and virtual environments for students and help them become better involved in the subject.
What kinds of changes have been made to redefine the goals and objectives of the education sector?
The school is encouraged to introduce conceptual learning, which prevents students from abusing what they are taught. While this helps students understand the concepts better, they will also be able to better retain and apply them.
The pressure of grades often causes students to underachieve. Instead of focusing on assessment over a three-hour exam, the focus is now on a student’s classroom participation, projects, communication and leadership skills, and extracurricular activities.
During teaching, teachers are encouraged to create a pleasant, family atmosphere where students can feel empathy and love in the classroom, which is reflected in their behaviors. The emphasis is more on differentiated instruction, as each child has their own pace and capacity for learning.
What are the major transformations that have taken place in 2021?
Digital technologies make it easier and cheaper for learners to access learning resources than traditional education. Students from all over the country, of all ages and of different socio-economic status, have access to courses and resources via the Internet. Technologies like text-to-speech remove barriers for students with disabilities.
First, from the perspective of the learners, it gives them a joyful and interactive classroom, where they feel welcomed and at the same time safe, emotionally secure and at ease within the confines of their homes. It has dramatically improved the teaching-learning process with drastic technological evolution and the discovery of different ways and means of teaching and learning concepts. Teachers have also become adaptive learners by adapting to the latest technologies and teaching processes effectively.
What will the outlook be for 2022?
The future of education looks brighter. The two years of the pandemic have ushered in greater opportunities and unique learning perspectives. Many structural and functional changes have been described in NEP 2020, and more are underway.
We look forward to several programs where we make sure to provide education for students who can only afford low cost education in which students from different geographic and socio-economic backgrounds could enroll.
We will also be running several bridging programs to help learners overcome learning gaps due to the pandemic and lack of educational facilities. We also plan to enhance the classroom experience with skill building programs.
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