Just a few years ago, a lot of us did not even know about Zoom or Google Classroom. Video conferencing was reserved for certain courses and working professionals. Everyday we woke up early and went to school and returned seven hours later. Now, we can wake up ten minutes before and login to the class. The pandemic has completely reformed our education system.
Online education has faced a lot of criticism. Children can turn off their videos and relax, missing out on important education. They can cheat in exams, without the teacher even getting a whiff of it. A lot of teachers have not been trained to teach online. They may have problems adjusting to this new normal.
Small children too may not understand how to operate an electronic device. Some people may not be able to afford a device. On the flip side, online education has seen both students and teachers acquire new skills, which are
necessary in this age. Children can nurture their hobbies. We can remain safe in our homes, away from the pandemic. It can allow teachers to display presentations, videos and other teaching aids. Recently, a video went viral, where a school in Kerala used augmented reality to teach students about the Solar System and human body among other things.
Maybe later on, schools will adopt other innovative methods to teach. I myself am on online education’s side. It continues to have growing pains, but these will go away. Once physical schools open, they may incorporate some online techniques. For now, until education is reformed, online education is the best option.