With more than 1.5 billion youth to be affected by school and university closure, the world has globally faced online education – the possibilities that it offers, and the challenges it put us through every day.
Although the list of educational applications, platforms, and resources seem to be infinite, problems still appear, because there is a very big amount of people involved in this process.
While a good education is a must and we can’t afford the luxury of skipping it, we just have to stay focused and up-to-date with the new technologies the coronavirus has forced us to accept as a substantial change in our lives.
Let’s see each side’s story.
Please pay attention that they’re seen through the eyes of young UNICEF reporters, aged 16/17. They give young people the space to share their opinions on topics, that are important to them. The work of the Young Reporters during the COVID-19 pandemic is partly funded by USAID.
According to many of them, online education is not a good quality substitute for real school/university. Via a computer, it’s clear that students can’t develop memorable knowledge. One of the reasons is that many teachers rush through the lessons like it’s a rodeo.
It also appears that the digital era didn’t come to all of them and some students are struggling with no connection or a bad one, plus they have only a smartphone or no technical device at all. The latter look like the worse nightmare during the pandemic, because many people just got unemployed and can’t afford to buy such necessary tech.
Also, there is the problem of internet collapse during online testing. This happens often, due to the system burning down because of overcrowding.
In summary, we can say that here the problems emerge, due to the lack of 2 essential things – time and money. Both are never too enough, and there’s always more that you can add if you could.
But since coronavirus, parents with students of a lower class are just destined to be on the computer screen forever. They need to pay attention to whether the kids are distracted or have some trouble using online platforms and assembling bits of knowledge.
And if they’re home office, it’s somehow OK. However, if they still have to go to work outside the house, then it goes messy running through job and domestic duties.
Money is the issue that includes the 3 categories of people, part of the distance learning situation. From the parental side, they’re unable to buy a technical device to do the job, or they can’t afford Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, poverty exists in many homes and now even more due to COVID-19, because economics bleed.
Teachers also have a big burden to bear. The reason is they have grades to fill, a curriculum to pass and a school year to finish. They’re totally not prepared for what’s happening in the world right now. This is a new situation, for which they are not prepared. The educational system is not ready for online purposes and is still not well adjusted to them.
Some teachers are digital freaks, but others are just from a generation that has nothing in common with online activities. Trying to apply something it never mattered to him/her in someone’s life is actually disturbing. That explains why online education during the pandemic outbreak leads to lots of mental issues.
So, whats seems to be a big conclusion over here? No matter if you’re a K-12 student or a university one, a parent or a teacher, you’re certainly having a tough time in all this rotation from home to school vise versa. And it’s pretty normal, as the situation is neither stable nor a short-term one.
Modern technologies and online communication are already a normal part of our lives. However, being in a virtual classroom is not the same as using your mobile as a source of entertainment. It’s not that there’s no fun in distance learning like it’s supposed to be. Both reasons for being ‘on the web’ are just far too different.
But let’s be positive and try to find out some practical solutions to the most common problems:
It is clear that the decisions about this issue are not entirely ours to make. Of course, there is still a way to achieve things. Now there is a governmental policy, that secures Internet access, and devices needed for the purpose of online education. Due to this, some families are having hard times.
There is a way to deal with this issue, by searching for low-cost Internet assistance, that is available in our country. There are many local, and national Internet providers, so it is just a matter of choice.
This is also a very good option because many public and school libraries have free wi-fi.
2.Time management skills
This issue is all up to you. You have to create and follow a routine that can help you in this situation. It’s important for you to be on a schedule of your own and stick to it.
This is a psychological issue and it affects motivation and learning progress. However even though we’re all different people, we face the same problems.
Now it is crystal clear that online education is hard for teachers, parents, and students rather equally. Age doesn’t matter in this situation, it’s important for everyone to have enough social interactions. That will help keep our mental and emotional health steady.
We owe it to ourselves, as a community to join our efforts to learn, help, and ask the right questions. We have to stay active as much as possible because this is vital to our health.
JUST REMEMBER WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
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