How EdTech Is Expanding Horizons For Teachers In India
From using online platforms to conduct sessions to taking examinations in the virtual realm, the enhanced use of technology in the teaching profession increased exponentially over the past 18 months
It is a fact widely acknowledged that a crisis pushes the society to renew itself – to invent, adapt and transform. When Covid-19 brought the world to its knees, this is exactly what every facet of the world went through. Every individual, household, and the industry witnessed changes, both temporary and irrevocable. The same goes for the education space. The education system was perhaps the quickest to embrace technology.
Overnight, students and teachers went from interacting in classrooms to interfacing on technology-driven platforms – there was simply no other option. While it began as a necessity, online learning has now become an indispensable part of the education system. Our research, in fact, found that 75 per cent of Brainly’s student users would prefer a hybrid learning model for the foreseeable future.
The hybrid model bodes well for students and teachers for various reasons. Students feel empowered and in control of their education with online learning platforms. They can reach out to their teachers and peers to discuss doubts or seek help beyond academics. Students also feel comfortable asking for career guidance as communication channels with teachers have opened up. Hybrid learning, then, is here to stay for good reason.
How teachers contended with the teach-from-home paradigm
Along with the students, teachers evolved after study-from-home came into effect. From using online platforms to conduct sessions to taking examinations in the virtual realm, the enhanced use of technology in the teaching profession increased exponentially over the past 18 months.
Brainly, as well as other online learning platforms grew collectively in numbers and individually in scale and hired more and more teachers and experts so that student’s education was unaffected during the unprecedentedly distressing period. To impart education effectively through online platforms, teachers across the country sought tech training and upgraded their skill sets. Not just online platforms, education boards also organized training modules for teachers to adapt to hybrid learning.
How online learning helps teachers evolve
Textbooks and syllabi are updated time and again to include new developments and trends. Teaching methods, however, have been the same for decades. Fortunately, EdTech is changing this narrative, and hybrid learning will unlock a myriad of opportunities to change teaching methodologies and engage students better.
On the flip side, teachers will be able to access and master numerous new technologies such as AI and ML and a host of advanced tools from videoconferencing to computer security. It is only when teachers are well equipped to understand technology will they be able to evolve and expand their horizons as educators.
Online learning platforms are actively helping teachers observe and understand the latest trends in technology. Using online learning platforms that use the question-answer format, teachers can be well-connected with the kind of queries students have. They can use this information to up their game and offer better clarity while teaching complex concepts.
Also, teachers have peace of mind when students and their parents have access to online learning platforms. In their absence to clarify doubts or reinforce concepts, they can rely on online resources to be rest assured that their students will be able to independently find answers and continue the learning process.
Offering the best of online and offline for students as well as teachers, hybrid learning is poised to be a successful disruption that paves the way for a new and improved education system. All it requires is for learners and educators to be equally adaptive towards the brave new world.
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