By Dhrubaa Ghosh, Jan 20, 2022 16:15
The pandemic changed our lives in almost every way. The way we shop, surf the internet, go out of home, commute – have all changed – as well as the way we learn. With all classes, from preschool to professional training, going online, teaching has changed forever. Even as we get back to the New Normal, some lockdown teaching tools are still being implemented. We are going to look at 5 of them today.
Technology will remain a part of education at all stages
The explosion of technology over the past two decades had already affected the education sector. Computers, smart phones and the internet have changed how students can not only access information but even attend classes. While this trend, fortified further during the lockdown, has a number of benefits and drawbacks for teachers and institutions, it is clearly here to stay.
More scope for innovative and personalised teaching
Fortunately, the rise of online classrooms and technology-aided instruction also offers a wealth of opportunities for instructors. Many teachers are being able to offer their services to students irrespective of geographical boundaries. Also, teachers who are knowledgeable and experienced in their subjects, but were not part of mainstream institutional education, are giving classes now. For example, a school kid interested in learning dance need not be dependent on school instructors anymore, but can avail remote classes from an established choreographer.
Emphasis on soft skills training to continue
The technology of the future is not yet invented, so there’s no way a school student can be trained in it. But, as industry leaders and educators have been saying through 2020, some of the most important skills in the workplace would be critical thinking, problem-solving, people management, and creativity. Keeping this mind, soft skills training would continue to be important and grow in scope.
Education will be learning focused, instead of being teaching focused
During the pandemic, emphasis shifted to what a student can learn instead of what should be taught. Students today have tools to uncover a wealth of facts and knowledge independently. Teachers have the scope to act more as facilitators than classroom instructors. This trend has enriched the learning experiences and is going to continue in future.