“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hands, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”
In no other field is the future of Post COVID-19 as relevant and interesting as in the field of education. What our world is experiencing right now is a cataclysmic metamorphosis, triggered by the famous Corona virus; the brain of the current global pandemic.
According to UNESCO, as of April 13, 2020, approximately 1.725 billion learners had been affected by school closings, which represented approximately 99.9% of the world’s student population. Millions more learners have been affected by other means of localized closures implemented by several other countries.
Like a paralyzing caterpillar that turns into a beautiful butterfly, in recent months we have witnessed such a remarkable transition, like moving from our familiar classroom to Zoom and other online platforms. This hasty transition, as far as I am concerned, may never go back to what we have known teaching and learning to be since time immemorial.
Many schools are rapidly transforming the way they manage their individual schools. Some schools like mine, in order to rethink their online school environment, have resorted to directing students to online tutoring by posting videos of lessons or lectures recorded on platforms like WhatsApp and hosting lessons in Zoom .
Almost everyone – parents, teachers and pupils (pupils) – has to become familiar with changing times in order to adapt to online learning resources.
As things stand, various predictions have been made regarding this likely uncertain future. It was anticipated that blended learning would increase significantly.
It goes without saying, of course, that the essential nature of teaching and learning with asynchronous platforms (canvas, whiteboard, blackboard or D2L – Direct2Learn) and synchronous (Zoom, WeChat Work, Skype, WhatsApp) will bring significant benefits when overlaid in a face to face instruction.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Cloud Computing will enable Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Among the multiple predictions is also the above assertion.
Full application of the above promises to empower teachers and learners in remote areas to learn and to acquire an arsenal of relevant 21st century knowledge and skills.