The coronavirus pandemic has affected the education system around the world. Governments in most countries have advised schools and colleges to remain closed to avoid large crowds and gatherings. Thus, institutions are slowly adopting digital technologies to ensure the learning process continues for students. These technologies are set to impact the education sector during the coming years. Educational institutions would continue using the same even after the end of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Gamification in learning
When it comes to the list of modern learning techniques that can help in improving knowledge retention in learners, gamification makes it in the list of top five. The process involves using gaming techniques to make the learning procedure more engaging for the participants. Besides schools and colleges, this technique is also used in corporate sector training programs.
Gamification tools can be selected based on problems that most of the students face while learning. Schools can gamify their courses and help students improve concentration, consistency in performance, and motivate them to learn. Put simply; gamification can encourage students to learn even if they struggle while doing so.
Gamifying your study materials becomes easy if your institute’s online school management system or LMS module offers support.
Trainees from schools and colleges in remote areas (small towns, villages) often feel their institution’s physical library is outdated. They suggest finding research papers and other study materials is a daunting task. Thankfully, digital libraries have introduced a pleasant change.
Several educational institutions around the world started turning their physical libraries into digital ones even before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital libraries consist of magazines, research papers, books, images, and other study materials in digital formats. Colleges and universities grant access to students, and they can explore the library material remotely. The administrators can check the study materials’ legitimacy before making it available for students to read online.
There’s a solution for schools and colleges that do not wish to invest heavily in developing their libraries. Several digital libraries offer access to study materials free of cost or at discounted rates. Schools can buy bulk subscriptions for their students and help them continue their studies remotely during the pandemic.
Digital libraries ensure easier information retrieval; solve the issue of deterioration of study materials, and help build data heritage for the next generation.
Universities, colleges, schools, and even coaching centers have turned to online classes for ensuring continuity in the curriculum during the COVID-19 crisis. Besides private institutions, even government schools are following suit.
Before the arrival of the pandemic, only distance learning students or those who were unable to attend traditional classroom sessions had the online session option. Frankly, a lesser number of educational institutions provided this option to students.
These days, tools like Skype, Google Meet, Zoom, GoToWebinar, and Microsoft Teams’ help conduct online sessions. Online classes come with multiple benefits for institution administrators as well as students.
Some of the crucial benefits are reduced costs, better networking opportunities, convenience, increased instructor-student time and increased access to expertise. The school attendance system can track every student’s online session login, logout, and generate reports for the same.
Some trainees are slow learners, and they appreciate learning at their own pace. In the classroom-based teaching model, such students fail to get guidance and extra help. Thanks to digital learning, trainees can access podcasts, video recordings for sessions, and other study materials whenever they feel like doing so.
Making the learning process interesting
Teachers use PowerPoint Presentations, gamification, as well as audio-video content in their teaching strategies. Teachers can address a large number of students simultaneously, and allow participants to debate on curial points. Such a format makes learning even more interesting, easy, and useful for trainees.
Customized learning solutions
The implementation of technology in education also helps educators in creating customized learning solutions for every student. Modules can be designed depending on the aspects that he or she needs to do better.
Digital feedback mechanism
Feedback plays a critical role in active learning. It offers clear guidance and roadmap to the students as they can understand the areas that need improvement.
Feedback should be given after a day or two from the completion of the post-module test. Thankfully, computer-aided learning solutions, online examination management systems provide instant test results to make teachers’ work easy.
Educators can personalize it and put it across in a positive way for empowering learners. School ERP systems that integrate with parent-teacher communication apps can help in sharing feedback with parents within minutes.
Enhanced parent-teacher communication
Studies have already proved how involving parents in school education can drastically improve the student’s academic performance. Such involvement has increased even further during the shift from classroom-based training to an online education system. Parent-teacher communication apps, as well as the institution’s web forums, prove extremely useful.
Several schools have launched smartphone apps to increase transparency in administration, and to improve parent-teacher communication.
As apps can be integrated with the school ERP, the institution’s administrators can send several notifications. Data for attendance, online session schedules, and list of holidays, post-module tests score, and assignment performance details can be shared within minutes. It helps parents remain well-aware of their child’s overall academic performance. They can implement the feedback while revising at home. All the information remains accessible to parents at their fingertips. On the other hand, teachers can focus on teaching without worrying about delivering feedback.
If you wish to understand the scope of the school management system for your institution, you should get in touch with edu-tech experts at MyEdu.
Sawailal Jangid is a Content Analyst at MyEdu. He does research and analyzes software to educate and advice to the business managers to streamline their business. In his spare time, he loves to do sports activities.