Virtual Learning The new Norm

Virtual classrooms are a new norm for children these days but what is the impact of this new way of learning on our child is point of concern for all of us.

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Impact COVID-19 pandemic on our lives are innumerable. All of us have been affected in every possible way. With every passing day we are trying to cope up with the negative effects of this pandemic so that we can fulfill our basic needs. Modern technology played a very important role in this difficult period. Whether, an employee from multinational company working from home or students using technology for distant education, all of us are exploiting the latest technology in every possible way to save ourselves from COVID-19. Switching to virtual learning method is one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Virtual learning method was popular among young adults as they were partially dependent on modern technology. It becomes difficult for school students, especially small kids to stay focused as they are not familiar with this new method of learning. Students, parents, and teachers are trying hard to adapt this new method of learning with partial satisfaction.   

Advantages of virtual learning  

  • Students are just a click away from their classroom and can log on to a wide group of educators to enhance their knowledge.  
  • E-learning methods are cost effective.  
  • New generation has grown up playing with technology. Children’s love to spend time with their gadgets therefore, using gadgets itself for educational purposes is one of the best ways to distract kids from playing games for long hours.   
  • Once students are comfortable with e-learning, they can continue using this by pursuing different courses online to improve current skills.   
  • E-learning courses make use of new technologies like animated videos, colorful images, info-graphics and attractive presentations, etc. to grasp children’s attention. This helps students to learn faster and remember things for long period of time.  
  • Through virtual learning access to knowledge is open to everyone. It breaks geographic boundaries, as students need not to be physically or physiologically present.  
  • E-learning method is environment friendly as it is paperless method of learning. In accordance with the research it consumes 90% less energy and 85% less carbon emission. 
  • There is no need to commute, therefore it saves time as well.  

Disadvantages of virtual learning  

  • Sudden shifts to virtual classrooms from traditional classrooms are challenging for underperforming students. As they are trying to adapt to a new method of learning as well as improve their grades.   
  • The E-learning method is solely based on the theoretical knowledge and it lacks practical experience.  
  • Not all students have access to technology for a variety of reasons. Also, technological failure issues may develop frustration and make children anxious.  
  • Lack of face-to-face attraction with teachers and peers may lead to poor communication skills among children.    
  • Students face problems when it comes to working in a team as they are completely relying on technology, this may lead to social isolation.   
  • Students with lack of time management skills face problems completing their work on time, which indirectly leads to lack of motivation.  

Here are some e-learning guidelines for students and parents to satisfy themselves and perform better. 

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E-learning Guidelines for Parents   

In this pandemic when children are at home and use internet and latest technology not only to play games online but also to study. Parents and educators need to provide children’s utmost care, concern, compassion and guidance for their progress and overall well-being. Here are some e-learning guidelines for parents to save their children from misusing the latest technology.  

  • Parents who are not entirely comfortable with use to the latest technology get yourself familiar with it and tools used by schools for various purposes. This way they will be able to help their child with assignments completion and will also be able to supervise their child’s learning experience.   
  • Spend some time with your kid sharing the activities they do online, like increasing social interaction and bonding by playing online games with them. This will help parents get familiar with modern technology and build healthy relationship with children.  
  • Communicate and encourage your child to share their experiences and knowledge openly. Try to build a friendly relationship with your child, so that they can share their problems with you.   
  • Set some rules for your child, restrict use of cell phone before bedtime and during meals. 
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E-learning Guidelines for Students  

  • Dedicate the area of the house for your study purpose only to help your body and mind fully concentrate on studies.  
  • Help yourself by cutting down all the noise around your study area.  
  • Keep yourself organized by keeping all the necessary stuff close to you like notebooks, school supplies, etc.   
  • Try not to use cell phones for any other purpose during the time of classes.
  • Avoid the use of a screen in dim light, it causes irreversible damage to your eyes and affects vision.  
  • Take a break from the screen every 20 to 30 minutes to help your eyes relax. 

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