Hi-Tech Classes Are The Future Of Education
Adoption of eLearning has been gradual during the pandemic, however, these platforms are the future of education.
Although e-learning has been around for a while, its adoption was rather slow before the Covid-19 pandemic. However, once the pandemic struck our shores, there was no option but to close the educational institutions physically and hop on to the online platform.
They say when you’re trying to do something new, the first step is the most difficult. It turned out to be the case with e-learning. Although many schools and colleges transitioned reluctantly to the online format, they are now growing wise to the benefits of e-learning. Many of them have even announced that even after the pandemic subsides, they wouldn’t completely move to physical classrooms. Instead, most schools and colleges are preparing to adopt a blended learning approach where students learn using both online and offline means.
How do hi-tech classrooms benefit students?
The pandemic has given the education system an option to reinvent itself and many institutes are taking advantage of this situation by deploying cutting-edge technologies to make education more easily accessible, convenient, effective, and affordable.
Thanks to the technological disruption, education has stopped being teacher-centric and has instead become both teacher and student-centric. The learning process has become flexible and the students now have the opportunity to learn at a pace that is comfortable for them and teachers can keep a better track of every student with the help of monitoring and assessment tools. The mundane, back-breaking work such as taking attendance and evaluating answer sheets can now be done automatically, freeing the teachers to focus their energy on their students.
Since the technology is getting better every day and new tools and software are being innovated by the edtech organizations, this system will only get better with time. E-learning is already at a place where the online interactions between the students and teachers are not too far off from physical interactions. With the development of technologies like AI, ML, IoT, AR, and VR, e-learning would become even more effective and interactive.
How the government is playing a crucial role in the development of hi-tech classrooms
The government has shown its interest in making some decisive changes in the education system with the announcement of the New Education Policy (NEP 2020). The policy seeks to digitize education in the country and make it interactive and fun for the students. It also suggests shifting the focus from rote learning to project-based learning, which is a welcome change for many students.
Ever since the schools and colleges have been shut to prevent outbreaks and ensure student safety, central government and state governments have been working on launching initiatives to support the education system. The government has launched several online portals to help students continue with their learning amid the pandemic. They are the DIKSHA portal, e-Pathshala, Swayam, STEM-based games, etc.
While the technological revolution would have happened sooner or later in the education sector, it is good that it happened now, albeit by force. It has quelled the doubts that were in the minds of many parents, teachers, and students regarding e-learning and it has given us a new direction where we need to work and improve.
If we consider the current scenario, it is difficult to tell when the pandemic will end completely, and given how much it has affected our lives, its effects will be felt long after it’s gone. The new normal will most certainly see a large number of students attending schools and colleges from home in virtual hi-tech classrooms. From what we’ve seen so far, this change would only make our education system better.
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