8 Ways Technology has Changed Education in Covid Lockdown

The covid-19 pandemic has affected every sector of the world. We all are still battling with it after a year and a half. Yet the education sector has a high risk of effects. Not only short terms but lifelong terms too.

So, the pandemic closed the schools and colleges. Many schools turned to the digital mode of learning. Students have to submit their homework online, too.

It was necessary that they should not lag behind in their curriculum. 

Technology has helped in providing education to students’ doorstep. Also, it has allowed teachers to teach from the comfort of their homes.

Let’s see what the impacts of technology in education have all around.

Role of Technology in Education During Covid-19

Children are every country’s future. Providing education to children is one of the biggest responsibilities of a nation. But with the Covid-19 pandemic, the risk was of not only survival but preserving the future of nations too.

So, a large chunk of the population was at the risk of wasting the important year of their academic career. Many were in the final years of their curriculum.

But technology has come forward to bridge the gap between the students and education.

1. Technology connecting teacher and students

Schools are using apps like Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, etc., to teach students. 

  • Learning from the comfort of their homes. 
  • Teacher teaches their students to live in digital learning. 
  • Online submission of homework is easy. 
  • Very much like classroom learning. 
  • Gives the student a sense of importance than learning in a physical classroom.

It is a welcome change from stuffy classrooms.

2. Online submission of Homework and Assignment

Using digital technology students are submitting their homework, assignments, and project reports. 

Before, students had to write their homework by hand in a notebook. And submit the physical copy to their teachers. Then teachers used to check all the actual bulky copies to grade the work.

Now it is easy to prepare a document on their device and send it online to their teacher. It is also easy to check assignments and give them feedback and grades.

3. Technology Made It Easier To Ask For Help

Before the Covid-19 lockdown, students had to meet the teacher to ask for help. Which is not what everyone wants to do. 

It was time-consuming and intimidating. Many didn’t know how to ask for help.

Now the situation has changed.

  • There so many websites and subject matter experts available on the internet.
  • Students can seek online help in their homework, project reports, and assignments.
  • With online tutoring, a student can send a query to his teacher via email or text. 
  • It is even simpler to get help in an instant.

4. Digital education is Safe and comfortable

In this lockdown, it is very crucial to maintain social distancing and stay indoors. Especially, kids are more at risk of the Covid-19 virus. 

Using technology in learning is helping keep our children stay safe and in the comfort of home. 

Digital advancement has proven that you don’t have to go to school to gain knowledge. It is accessible sitting in a chair at your home too.

5. E-learning is accessible on many devices

It is not necessary to have a full PC unit with a high-speed WI-Fi modem at home to access your classroom sessions. Your simple smartphone allows you to stream online classes without interruption.

The importance of technology shines the way it has adapted itself on many devices.

6. Learning New Skills via Technology

The use of technology is not limited to homework only. Students can look for updating their skills and career opportunities. This can help them plan their future more informed. 

Students have to wait till complete high school to think about their career. They can start preparing for exams at the same time doing their schoolwork.

7. E-learning is Not Only for Students

Online platforms like Coursera, Edx, Skillshare, and Udemy, etc., have become popular. 

Many professionals are seeking advancement in their job. Or learning a new skill to change career path. 

These platforms help achieve their goals.

Online classes are available from painting, cooking to machine learning. These skill sets are attracting children as well as adults. 

During the lockdown, people have learned many new things. They have gained a new direction and sense of achievement.

8. Investment in Education Technology

In 2019 online learning market estimated to be USD 144 billion worldwide. And projections are it will rise to USD 374 billion by 2026. 

India has about 500 million people between the 5 to 24 age group. And the economy of the education sector estimated to be around 91.7 billion in FY 2018. In India itself, the market will grow by USD 2.28 billion in 2021.

Educational technology has attracted universities, colleges as well as investors. Because this field has good returns in investment.

So, many developers are coming with their educational websites and apps. But, universities like Harvard, Stanford are not behind to get in the action.

Concerns with Technology in Education

The effects of digital and online modes of learning have taken the education world by storm. Many things are changing for good. 

There are many benefits of technology in education. Such as ease of access, widespread knowledge, and adaptability over devices. 

So far so good.

But many believe there are some side effects or concerns, we should focus on.Some of the major concerns are-

1. Having No friendsGoing to school was an opportunity to meet their friends and classmates. Video calling doesn’t feel the same.

2. Less social interactionSchools are the melting point of culture for children. With digital learning, social and interpersonal skills are suffering.

3. Threat to eyes sightMost classroom sessions are of 3-4 hours every day. With the online submission of homework, it adds up to 7-8 hours of screen time. Medical research shows that the blue light emitting from the screen is harmful to our eyesight. It can cause conditions like myopia.

4. No physical activityAgain, sitting in one place causes several health problems. These include bad posture, obesity, low bone density, etc. These lead to a long impact on health.

5. Lack of productivityConstant access to the internet has developed a lack of attention in young people. Students often get distracted by many social media or entertainment sites. Then they waste their valuable time browsing. 

6. Only a handful of people can access the technology for educationDuring the lockdown, many people lost their jobs. The economic situation was difficult to some even before Covid-19. Not everyone can afford a separate PC or mobile device to study. This had forced many students to lag behind their classmates.

7. Yet to cover remote regions of civilizationTechnology still hasn’t reached many regions of the world. For example, mountain regions or tribal people are out of reach of civilizations. They could not access any technology for learning.

To sum up, there are still some challenges to put in place technology in education for everyone. 

But there is no doubt that it has changed learning in a huge way. 

Let’s hope for more good comes along the way.