Are Online Classrooms, The New Normal?
Even before the central government had announced lockdown, schools and other educational institutions were the first to shut down during the Covid – 19 pandemic. Many schools and colleges immediately opted for online classes to continue the teaching process and of late this has become the new trend and has unexpectedly brought the edtech industry into limelight.
The New Indian Express quotes Mrinal Mohit, Head of Sales & Marketing Think & Learn Pvt. Ltd. (BYJU’S) as “At BYJU’S, we have received an overwhelming response from the student community, with over six million new students accessing the app in March alone. Earlier, students used to spend 2-3 days per week on the platform, but because of the lockdown, they are using the platform on a daily basis. We have witnessed a 200 per cent surge in the overall engagement on the app.”
A school in Ladakh, called Chamneth Angmo, has effectively used the Whatsapp platform to reach its students during this critical situation. The nursery teachers from this school make videos and narrate stories. They are making sure that their videos are short, appealing and at hilarious at the same time. It is quite an interesting method as to how online platforms can be used effectively to not only communicate but also impart knowledge to kids.
However, the teachers do believe that they can only guide the students, but it is the parents that can physically help them. Many parents are now taking extra efforts to make sure they dedicate some time for helping their children in learning. There are still schools across the subcontinent that haven’t yet resorted to online classes, and it is the responsibility of the parents to keep revising what was taught in school and also try to keep their enhancing their kids’ knowledge.
In these unparalleled conditions the combined efforts of teachers and parents are the only way to sustain the importance of education.