Typical with the 21st century, advancement in technology keeps unfolding year in, year out. Indeed, what made that of this year remarkable is the pandemic. No doubt, the year 2020 came with unexpected turbulence that nearly choked mankind out of existence – the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, since its outbreak, it has been a fight to the finish. However, it is not out of context to opine that the wave of this event evolved drastic and dramatic changes in every aspect of life, from family life to businesses, travels, and of course, education.
What is surprising is that despite the COVID-19 hail storm, such a mind-blowing technological feat could be achieved to further the cause of education. These innovations have helped to facilitate learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Even now that we have transcended into the new normal, they are reshaping the face of education, thus, making the experience thrilling, more fun, and worthwhile.
Let’s start by tapping from the wisdom of an essay writing expert from Advanced Writers, Joan Young: “Kick it off your path, take it out completely; lest excuses become your undoing. Only failures give in to excuses.” Stemming from this aphorism is the fact that you should never allow the present status quo to determine your limit.
Without mincing words, this article intends to intimate you with various educational innovations from the year 2020.
This is one remarkable product of the pandemic. The need to continue education interactions between teachers and students during the heat of Covid-19 informed this innovation. A characteristic of virtual classrooms is a social media-type interface where students can easily connect with teachers for online classes or other academic engagements.
A virtual classroom is a derivative of the traditional classroom – it was modeled after it. The only difference is that unlike traditional classes that require physical interfacing, the virtual classroom is conducted over the internet. Both students and teachers can join the classroom from the comfort of their homes with an internet-enabled gadget which could be a phone, laptop, computer, or tablet. An example of a virtual classroom is the iClassroom created by Abhinand C. and Rajeev Shilpa, students of Government College of Engineering, Kannur.
Some schools have even incorporated virtual classrooms on their AdvancedWriters.com. Students are expected to sign up (for those just joining the site for the first time) or sign in using their usernames and passwords. On these sites, teachers can easily teach students by using synced social media accounts, especially for video calls.
Social Media e-Learning Platforms
Beyond social interactions and networking, 2020 revealed that social media can be annexed for academic exploits. Thanks to Covid-19, social media platforms were transformed into classrooms. In fact, for both teachers and learners especially those of higher grade level, social media platforms have proven to be viable for effective teaching and learning. By forming student groups on platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp, teachers could easily reach their students, teach them, give assignments, and also perform supervisory roles. Also, students are further empowered to acquire digital skills through their exposure to different social media platforms for learning.
Apart from the social media sites, through other e-learning platforms, other education initiatives were championed. An example is the “Train the Trainer” program, pioneered by Huawei to train over 1500 teachers in Kenya.
Equipped with 3D tech, virtual reality comes with enormous benefits that help to make learning more interesting. Thanks to this technology, students can have a near first-hand experience of what is being studied. By wearing a gadget as small as a 3D spectacle, students can enjoy a tour to the Great Pyramid of Egypt or a voyage to space. Virtual reality presents a detailed and very-similar experience facilitated through advancements in technology. Interestingly, virtual reality has been designated as the future of education. The reason for this is not far-fetched, it is simply because it is a technology that has made the simulation of life events possible. Whatever thing that needs to be studied can be studied whether the real thing is available or not.
Cloud Computing Technology
This is also one of the miracles of 2020. This brilliant innovation has made it possible for students or teachers alike to access a large pool of academic resources. Lessons of whichever formats whether audio or video can now be uploaded online with this technology. Students can easily download these lessons and use them to fulfill whatever academic purpose. Also, one remarkable thing about this innovation is that students do not have to carry tons of books from one place to the other. Thanks to cloud computing in education, electronic copies of books can be saved online and downloaded when needed. Documents and files of whatever sort can also be stored online. With this tech, it is possible for teachers to monitor students’ academic progress by evaluating performances based on uploaded assignments and other electronic materials.
Simplifying somewhat complex contents by dissecting it into understandable bits is 3D printing. This is also a formidable technological feat achieved in 2020. This technology makes it possible to print textbook contents in a three-dimensional format such that it becomes very easy to understand every aspect of the content. For teachers, by using this technology, it becomes easier to explain diagrams and charts while for students, on the other hand, it becomes easy to understand what is being taught.
As seen from these innovations, despite the pandemic, these innovations still emerged with a remarkable impact on education. Don’t give in to excuses. The repercussions can be devastating.