Education in the digital era part 2

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👩🏻‍🏫 Education in the digital era part 2 👩🏻‍🏫

 

 

The school year started a few days ago. After many months of remote learning we finally returned to schools. It was a long-awaited moment. Children were tired of sitting at home all the time. However, the teachers experienced many inconveniences with the transfer of knowledge during remote learning. 🗣️ Returning to the old, well known type of stationary teaching, students as well as their teachers gained an energy flow.  Finally, they were able to see each other in person. 

After experiencing another form of learning it is worthwhile to come with a summary. Let us focus on its disadvantages, but also on the advantages. After all, thanks to the evaluation and summary of the past months, you can draw many conclusions, ideas and implement them into your responsibilities. 🤓

Let’s take a first look at the students. Remote learning was especially felt by the younger generations, who have not yet fully mastered the computer. Certainly, the technical aspects were quite an obstacle and a stressful situation for them. Many of them had to start preparing for classes in their free time: plug in the equipment, check the camera and microphone. Another problem was the endless programs that had to be installed and often configured in order to participate in the classes. Each teacher initially preferred a different tool. Such a chaotic approach caused frustration in children, who had to remember what time to enter the platform. It is also worth emphasizing the role of parents in this. They also had to help their children with setting up accounts and connecting equipment. 👩🏻‍💻 All this preparation for classes was quite time consuming. Of course, some, especially larger families, had to invest in new computer equipment, or the children had to agree among themselves what time they would use the home equipment. Another inconvenience, of course, was the grading system. In the era of coronavirus, evaluations were often not perfectly fair. Of course, some people could enjoy fewer tests or paperwork. However, the amount of additional work, projects – which were easier to do – was increasing.  This made it easier for students to get a positive grade, but the more ambitious ones could feel wronged, unfairly graded. In the end, each of the pupils, without much effort, could get a good grade. Control work also became an obstacle. Often they were more stressful than within the school walls – because in order to avoid cheating, the teachers significantly reduced the time to solve tasks. 👩🏻‍🏫 The most popular type of knowledge checking, however, has become an oral answer, for which the vast majority of learners do not like it. Despite these disadvantages, in general, learning itself was easier, the requirements dropped, which a large part of people were very happy about. 😉

As far as teachers are concerned, however, they faced a great challenge. It was on their shoulders to pass on knowledge in this difficult period. They had to devote many hours to prepare a multimedia presentation, find interesting and valuable sources of knowledge on the Internet. Many teachers also decided on the tools to conduct tests and quizzes. Although manual entry of questions into them was initially quite tedious, such platforms offered a question draw and automatic checking of marked messages, which was a big plus. Teachers had to learn a lot – after all, many of them did not use online conference platforms on a daily basis. 🤓 The technical and hardware aspects affected this group as much as possible. Unfortunately, during the remote teaching many students got lazy. Some of them also felt unpunished as anonymous Internet users – often doing so to anger the teachers. It was more difficult for the teachers to control the group online. Many of the teachers also fell into a routine and sent out a developed text of the classes, which the students were to assimilate during the classes. In most cases, such learning became a realization from unwanted, without any didactic effects. Pupils were tired of such a form, which did not interest them in general. They were not interested in the knowledge passed on in the form of a long essay to read.  It is also connected with the fact that the work of such a teacher was simply unprofitable and did not bring any results, even though they put their time into writing lesson notes for students. Often the form of passing on knowledge was not simply attractive, which made the students and teachers feel helpless too. 💁🏻 They did not see any sense in their actions.

These events are now behind us. Looking at the advantages and disadvantages of remote learning, it is easy to see that it has many possibilities, but they are not known to everyone from the beginning. Both teachers and students had to prepare themselves. However, once acquired, the tool becomes easy to use forever. ✨

It is worth learning from the past, as remote learning can return at any time. Knowing what was a good solution and what was lacking, you can prepare for better knowledge transfer as well as better learning. It is already worth looking around for tools that can maximize the benefits, and thus the learning outcomes, and remedy the recurring disadvantages of monotonous remote learning. 👀

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