As the world has witnessed a pandemic, lockdown and deadly disease spreading like wildfire through towns and villages, to understand life in quarantine we have had to navigate virtually our entire life. Whether it’s the new normal in offices or classrooms moving into the living room, we’ve all had to adapt to the massive repercussions of Covid-19.
Children in particular have had to adapt to this new way of life. Naturally, they stayed at home, unable to go to school or play with their friends at night. The main fear of parents, as well as the minds of teachers, was how to ensure a flawless education experience while the child is in an uncontrolled environment. It would be a real test of their interest in the subject as well as of the teacher’s commitment value.
Fortunately, we live in an age that allows us to easily access technology in a convenient and readily available manner. Most children have a mobile device or tablet that they can not only attend class on, but also use it to interact with the world.
In an age when online lessons can be dull and boring, the power of technology has helped keep engagement in the virtual classroom at a high level. Teachers can keep an eye on all the kids at once, now there are no more blackboards or backbenchers.
Using interactive classroom tools, teachers can now make live presentations to children and engage them immediately, contrary to the past tradition of a one-way conversation.
As children evolve in a comfortable home environment, there is an added value of engagement that comes from just being comfortable. This ease allows them to engage more creatively in their lessons.
With the added benefits of real-time co-editing of project work, teachers found a more engaging way to hold students’ attention and even get them actively involved. With added benefits like smart calendar planning, kids never miss a class!
Benefits of virtual learning:
The most amazing things about moving to virtual classrooms are that some research shows that, on average, students retain 25-60% more when learning online, compared to 8-10% in a physical classroom. This is because children can learn faster online; virtual learning takes 40-60% less time to learn than in a traditional classroom, and this is important because students can learn at their own pace, coming back and re-reading, skipping or speeding up concepts As they wish.
RoboGenius, the platform for top-notch coding courses, also faced the same challenges of foreclosure. It was a difficult world to navigate with kids unable to attend robotics modules, which are hands-on and require physical feedback to build successful projects. But, with virtual classrooms, the geniuses of RoboGenius were able to get through the tough times. Staff were able to send kits that allowed children to explore robotics at home.
Meanwhile, coding, AI and app building courses also continued online, ensuring they have the digital access and physical literacy to create and learn, to their pace.
RoboGenius’ expert faculty also stood up and adapted to the challenge and ensured that all children received equal and adequate attention and clarity of concept.
By Sudhanshu Sharma, Founder and CEO, RoboGenius.
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