We all know that the Covid-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down. So many things that we used to do one way are now being done in a totally opposite way. Education certainly falls into that category.
When the pandemic hit, people were forced into lockdown and schools had to shut their doors. Children who were used to going to school every day to learn and socialize with friends were now told that wasn’t possible.
Teachers and administrators had to figure out how to continue to educate children while not being able to see them face to face. This quickly brought on the term “distance learning”. Distance learning utilizes technology so that kids can learn from home. Many times, there are video lessons so that the children can still see their teachers.
Fast forward a year and a half later and many schools are still using distance learning and have changed the way they do things. We’re going to take a look at the future of education after Covid and what it means for children and teachers.
Distance Learning Will Still be Used
Many schools are discovering that distance learning can be a great tool to reach students when they are home from school or during snow days. In fact, many school districts have gotten rid of snow days and have swapped them out for distance learning days so as not to add days at the end of the school year.
Other teachers may have realized that distance learning is a good way to stay connected with students in and out of the classroom. Either way, this form of learning and teaching doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
Kids Can Learn Anywhere
We all used to believe that kids had to be in a classroom to learn. The pandemic has shown us that kids can learn anywhere. In fact, in some cases, it can be more helpful because kids can interact with children from all over if the class allows.
This can open up all kinds of windows for children as they engage in many different types of classes and programs. While they can still learn in the classroom, they can also venture “out” while being in.
Kids Will Need to Learn How to Be Good Digital Citizens
If the pandemic taught us nothing, it showed the need for children to learn how to be good digital citizens. Kids can know how to turn on a computer, but if they don’t know how to be digital citizens, they won’t get anywhere.
They need to know how to engage on educational platforms to not only learn, but to work with other students and teachers. This means how to collaborate and exchange ideas.
More Empathetic to the Needs of Students
The pandemic has made many teachers more empathetic to the needs of students. They have been able to see that while some students thrive with distance learning, others struggle. This has them now looking for ways to help those students who may be struggling.
As we all continue to learn lessons from the pandemic in all parts of our lives, education will continue to evolve as we all make changes to the way we do things in and out of the classroom.