Education in the digital age

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👩🏻‍🏫 Education in the digital age 👩🏻‍🏫

 

Today, compulsory schooling for children seems to be something completely normal. However, centuries ago, school education was a valuable treasure only for certain social groups.  In ancient times it was available only to boys who tied their future to the monastery. As the years passed, the need to have the skills of writing, reading or counting was also noticed among craftsmen, merchants. Education became more and more important, in the 12th century the first universities were established in Europe. 🤓 Nowadays in Poland, as in the vast majority of countries in the world, all children are obliged to attend school, regardless of their condition, origin or religion. The purpose of the school is to comprehensively prepare students for independent life in the future, by providing them with basic knowledge in various fields. ✨

The forms of learning in schools are still evolving and improving. A simple example is the study of computer science. Of course, our parents did not participate in such classes. However, as the world develops, new needs and challenges arise for school education, which must keep pace with the dynamically changing world. 💁🏻

Teachers must constantly adapt to the prevailing trends or requirements. The level of teaching is constantly increasing. While 10 years ago English was taught at a basic level, now children from the youngest years of their lives learn much more advanced issues than their peers in the past. The teacher must therefore be flexible and keep a watchful eye on the environment to notice changing trends and market needs. The world is changing and so is school education.

A few months ago, during the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the entire school system was put in question. When schools were closed, the trend of introducing teaching into the era of digitization became an everyday practice, not just a growing trend. 📈 Instead of meeting in educational buildings, children gathered for almost six months in front of their computers.  Will this form of learning become an everyday reality? This is not yet known. The situation related to the pandemic is changing dynamically. However, it is worth noting that the work of teachers has already changed. It is very possible that it will not return to the form we have known before. Education combined with digital media will certainly be used more and more often in the learning process. Although remote teaching may be less used than it has been recently, with the cessation of the coronavirus, the digital world will be increasingly entering this area, helping teachers and students in their work and in their duties. 👨🏻‍💻

Teachers are facing a new challenge. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, as much as 85% have never dealt with forms of remote learning. Despite this, the situation forced them to self-improvement and learning. As a result, more than 50% of the teachers were actually teaching through various videoconferencing programs. Remote learning has shown that social relationships are the foundation of education. You don’t need a school building, just to educate. Neither do you need even school books in paper form. You can read them equally conveniently in the electronic version. The coronavirus has shown that education is about people, it is a relationship between teachers and students.

It is worthwhile to look at past events during the summer holidays in terms of digitization, which is developing more and more rapidly in education. Digitalization opens up completely new possibilities.  It allows unlimited access to knowledge that is accumulated on the Internet. 🤓 Thanks to the possibility of distributing the materials, one click can make them available to the whole world. By digitizing, we can protect our data from being lost – it is always available on a digital medium, easily accessible to a wider group. 🗣️

The digital world is not a difficulty in the education process, but an interesting opportunity that is worth taking advantage of to strengthen learning outcomes. 🎒 The very form of remote learning could teach students and teachers self-discipline in this difficult period. It required quick assimilation to the changing everyday life. However, digital learning is not only distance learning, but also a range of tools available to support them, such as tax applications, platforms for organizing quizzes or tests, which are assessed automatically, without the need for teachers’ intervention. Education is certainly entering the digital age. Teachers will have to adapt to new forms. However, it will be an interesting adventure in which many valuable tools can be discovered, which will not only support teachers but will also translate into student results. Be sure to watch our blog – we will soon tell you more about such available tools. 😉