The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom.
Importance of E-learning
Necessity has always been the mother of all inventions. The pandemic of COVID 19 has also presented itself with few opportunities that shows us the glimpse of what future generations could expect with changes in education in this age of technology. Some of the key impacts and the findings by experts in this field are as follows:
- The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom.
- As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.
- Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay.
For those who do have access to the right technology, there is evidence that learning online can be more effective in a number of ways. Some research shows that on average, students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom.
This is mostly due to the students being able to learn faster online; e-learning requires 40-60% less time to learn than in a traditional classroom setting because students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they choose. Students are also leveraging technology to review and revisit concepts without needing to visit their teachers as often through the recorded lessons and live streams of teaching sessions.
To get the full benefit of online learning, there needs to be a concerted effort to provide this structure and go beyond replicating a physical class/lecture through video capabilities, instead, using a range of collaboration tools and engagement methods that promote “inclusion, personalization and intelligence”.
If online learning technology can play a role here, it is binding upon all of us to explore its full potential. And, education as all we know cannot stay afar from these technological changes.
Parent Corner: How to help your child with writing
Writing not only helps children express their thoughts, it also aids the development of language and reading skills. Through writing, children learn to organize ideas. It also helps children be better readers.
Here are some suggestions that can engage your child in the writing process:
Story time : Ask your child to tell you simple stories as you write them down. Copy the story as your child tells it, without making changes. Ask her to clarify anything you don’t understand.
Use games: There are numerous games like crossword puzzles, word games, anagrams, and cryptograms designed especially for children, that help them with spelling and vocabulary.
Turn your child’s writing into books: For each book, make a cover out of heavier paper or cardboard, and add special art, a title, and her name as author. Punch holes in the pages and cover, and bind the book together with yarn or ribbon.
Journal writing: Encourage your child to write about things that happen at home and school, about things they like or dislike and why.
Letter writing: Help your child write letters to relatives and friends. Consider finding a pen pal for your child.
Read together: Reading and writing support each other. The more your child does of each, the better they will be at both. Reading can also stimulate your child to write about family or school life.
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