The last few weeks of complete lockdowns have affected the Education industry very badly by keeping children confined to home due to COVID -19 pandemic. All college campuses, schools, and classrooms are empty and students could not finish their courses nor teachers could conduct classes.
COVID-19 has forced educational institutions to change and embrace education through IT solutions. Though many educational institutes had resisted online education, the wild experience of Covid-19 has compelled them to embrace online teaching solutions such as virtual classrooms and eLearning.
Worldwide, countries are affected at different rates because of COVID-19. There are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic. In Denmark, children up to the age of 11 are returning to nurseries and schools after initially closing on 12 March, but in South, Korea students are responding to roll calls from their teachers online. There has been a significant increase in the usage of Virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, or online learning software since COVID-19. Online education is projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025 from US$18.66 Billion in 2019.
Open technology to deliver education
e-Learning and online education solutions are helping students stay ahead in their educational journey irrespective of the havoc created by the Coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced educational institutes to effectively leverage the available technological tools to create content for remote learning for students across all age groups. Teachers across the world are discovering new possibilities to do things effectively and with greater flexibility resulting in accessibility and greater learning for students across the world.
The Role of Virtual Classrooms during COVID-19 Pandemic
Even before COVID-19, there was already high growth and adoption in education technology like Virtual classrooms as a technology-driven alternative learning method. The rising popularity of social media platforms like YouTube, and educational platforms like edX, have aggressively increased the acceptance of virtual modes of learning. While virtual classrooms were not considered as a substitute for the face-to-face classroom, COVID-19 has compelled to adopt it as the entire world is affected because of the pandemic.
Classes on Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp, and Skype are becoming the norm for students, parents, and teachers. Still, this abrupt transition to online hardly compensates for the absence of the classroom experience, but COVID-19 has changed the mindset of the entire world. Many companies are offering virtual classroom solutions for online learning and are coming to the rescue of educational institutions during tough times.
Ways & means of Online Education
- Streaming video platforms
- Live chats, individually or course-wide
- Web conferencing tools
- Online Study – Whiteboard
- Live & Recorded Classes
- Online Mock Test and Mock Practice Tests
- Screen sharing, Annotation, File Sharing
- Comprehensive test reports and scorecards
- Upload & download study materials
- Select a group tuition or personal tutor
How Mobile Apps Have Changed the Education Sector?
Nowadays, students are more driven towards using a smartphone for every purpose. With the help of mobile apps, the world is at the fingertips and a student can get access to any information from anywhere without visiting the library. Hence a mobile phone can be used for a number of similar purposes. Mobile applications make the information easily available. Each and every mobile app has a unique feature that offers its own set of services. Students can learn everything with mobile phones and the various feature-oriented applications at their place and can understand things easily as everything is just a click away.
Benefits of Using Mobile Apps in The Classroom
The education research scholars are coming up with innovative techniques to impart knowledge every day for students so that they would focus on their subject-oriented studies. As far as traditional methods are considered like studying with a satchel of books and copies and writing while learning. However, it is observed that not all students can absorb knowledge while writing notes. Through mobile educational apps, we can ensure a student’s focus on studies with fun and more engaging.
Benefits of using educational apps and show the important role of using mobile apps in education sector:
1. Innovative Learning Methods
The introduction of various applications in the education sector has led to the introduction of innovative learning methods. There are various games and puzzles applications on mobile which will attract the students into a healthy thought process and assist them in understanding things from a different perspective.
2. Better Parent Teacher Communication
Parent – teacher communication Apps assist in building parent-teacher relations beyond the walls of educational institutes. Parents can get their ward’s progress from teachers and teachers can convey their course of studies to the students and parents easily through these apps so that better transparency can be maintained in the Education sector.
3. eBooks and Online class
Nowadays, students are having a habit of online studying. Here are library apps and book search apps that come into the picture. These applications help the students to search for the appropriate study material in the mobile application easily. It keeps them closer to the study material and assists them in collecting their studying materials over the web.
4. Miscellaneous services
Various other student-related activities like online school fee payments and payments for other purposes can be made through mobile applications. It saves time and effort to stand in a queue and pay the fees for various purposes at school well one time. Also, attendance-management apps help to maintain the attendance of students and teachers can have a keen eye on the
students. It makes it easy for both teachers and parents to keep a track of the attendance of students.
5. Good Communication Between Students and The Institution
In traditional methods, institutes may feel difficult to pay equal attention to all students. Now, it is possible to reach out to all of them. School communication applications on mobile help to share information to every student about new schedules, different forums, various conferences, and social school activities easily. With the changing situation, students gaining access to their desired
knowledge platform just through a few clicks on their phones, tablets, and computers. Teachers can communicate with the parents about their ward’s progress and parents can get information about all school activities easily. Our mobile applications will help you to impart training or an educator wishing to deliver courses in real-time.
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