"Reformation is another name of transformation. It is a sign of development." So is the case of the education system. It is endlessly evolving and growing.
Every time it comes with new innovative learning techniques, strategies and processes beyond expectations, it makes teaching significantly easier and challenging at the same time.
From mandatory schooling for children to the distance learning revolution, the education system has seen many changes in the way kids learn over the years! From course designing ways to sharing information in classrooms, everything has changed drastically.
The unprecedented shift towards distance education due to the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the recent sweeping changes in education. But the pandemic did not disrupt education for many because online learning came to the rescue. However, people outside the education bubble can hardly comprehend these improvements, challenges, and the overall learning process.
The recent webinar, Classrooms 2.0: Tech-enabled teaching, answers some of the major concerns in education through a detailed journey from blackboards to online dashboards and what this transition entails for the future. Toppr School OS hosted the webinar in partnership with EdTechReview. It was moderated by Utkarsh Lokesh (CEO & Editor, EdTechReview) and joined by experts Sudhir Kukreja, Co-Founder & CEO at Credence Edutech, Entrepreneur, Rajshekar Ratrey, Vice President of Product Management, Toppr, and Dr Amrita Vohra, Director, GEMS Education, India.
The speakers primarily discussed the challenges of student engagement and the pressure to complete the "planned" syllabus.
How has classroom engagement changed over the years, and how has the wall between in-class learning and after-class been blurred?
Dr Amrita Vohra, Director, GEMS school, highlighting the challenges of students' engagement, says it has been difficult for teachers who believe it should be a replica of traditional classrooms. She also says that tactile reference is missing in online classes.
Sharing her schools lesson planning strategies for K12 learners, she says that online learning requires various digital tools and resources for smoother eLearning since the internet is a different world. Educators need many resources to deliver more customized knowledge. Dramatizing learning while making genuine inquiry in education makes learning enjoyable, and since the future belongs to curious people, it is necessary to ignite curiosity among learners
What are your success stories, and how do you work on student engagement?
Sudhir Kukreja says that since his school has most students under the age group 3-4 years, students' engagement is critical. His first brainstorming session was on "how to keep these young kids on-screen to study for a few hours?" And that's where technology became the rescuer.
"We used platforms like Google meet and Zoom to conduct online classes; our teachers took responsibility and involved parents in their kids' learning. All this helped create a cohesive eLearning environment."
He further emphasizes not being confined to textbooks and encourages the usage of digital tools and resources. He concludes that the entire scenario has allowed them to explore new dimensions and use technology for the best levels.