Learning at home was done when a student called in sick or during vacations; there were four classroom walls for everything else. But that changed after the pandemic hit the globe, leaving businesses worldwide gasping for breath, especially the education sector. As schools and colleges were declared closed until further notice, learning loss was imminent.
World Bank reports, "At the peak of school closures in April 2020, 94 per cent of students – or 1.6 billion children – were out of school worldwide, and, still, around 700 million students today are studying from home, in a context of huge uncertainty and with families and schools having to navigate across options of hybrid and remote learning, or no schooling at all."
To quell the long-term impact of the crisis, a reliable model that goes beyond just 'remote learning' and renders quality at the same time was required. The concept of a Virtual classroom saved the sector from catastrophic effects. Usually, aspects related to technology, in this context, virtual classrooms, are considered a quintessential concept of Tier 1 cities. However, with rapid developments in the sector recently, quality education has been made available even to the country's remote corners, making a virtual classroom no longer a 'city' concept.
Understanding the concept of virtual classroom
In a virtual classroom, teachers interact with students in real-time; students can ask questions and interact with peers and collaborate with them in a regular classroom, albeit over the internet. Advantages of a virtual classroom transcend brick and mortar setup where learning was confined within the walls, and there was no flexibility in terms of availability of the teachers or seeking help. Let's look at some undeniable advantages of a virtual classroom:
In a traditional classroom setup, student collaboration doesn't work as efficiently as it does via smartboards, chats, messages, video conferring, etc. In a virtual classroom, online discussions aren't cut off when the bell rings.
- Sharpened digital skills
As students carry on with their academic session without disruption, they also hone digital skills on online learning technology. Students become confident and productive with the help of interactive online tools such as online tests, drop boxes for homework, collaboration tools, e-mail communications etc.
- Increased inclusivity
Students who are shy or have anxiety issues find virtual classrooms better to participate in. They do not have the pressure of raising hands in front of the whole classroom and can answer virtually without going through the anxiety of being watched over.
- Easy accessibility
Among all the benefits, one of the most significant advantages of a virtual classroom is its accessibility. Students can submit assignments, listen to recorded live lectures at their convenience, and access the lessons from the comfort of their homes.
- Enhanced learning
The visual experiences that virtual classroom learning offers amplify the learning experience for students. The use of audio-visuals, images, presentation, diagrams aids students to learn better, helping them have a good recall of the subject.
The advantages of a virtual classroom are enormous, but its effectiveness depends on how proactive teachers and parents are. Active parents and technologically sound teachers make for a perfect class resulting in excellent results for the children.
We are at a juncture where drastic changes are needed to save the sector from plummeting further.
World Economic Forum explains that schools often lack the resources to provide adequate instruction even before the coronavirus pandemic.
In one of its reports, WEF explains, “Historically, education has been the shortest bridge between the haves and the have-nots, bringing progress and prosperity for both individuals and countries, but the current education system is showing its age. Founded at a time when industries needed workers with a relatively fixed set of skills and knowledge, it is losing its relevance in an era of innovation, disruption and constant change, where adaptability and learning agility are most needed.”
Once the pandemic is over, the inclusion of technology within school premises must continue to stay relevant.
How is LEAD empowering parents with its virtual classroom solution?
As of May 2021, over 2000 schools have signed on to the LEAD Integrated System, enabling them to provide transformation learning to over 800,000 students. LEAD is currently offering LEAD School @Home for all its partner schools parents where a child can now attend live classes daily, attempt quizzes, and ask doubts to their school teachers.
With LEAD, learning never halts, and with the comfort of the home, a child can access a world-class curriculum and get taught by trained teachers. Parents can join LEAD School @Home program even if they are not a part of a LEAD partner school by simply registering their number and their child details.
The LEAD School Student & Parent App allows parents of partner schools to track the progress of their child in school by keeping them updated on:
- Unit Progress: Know which units are completed and what your kid has learned.
- Attendance: Check your kids' attendance in school every day.
- Assessments: View reports on the student grade and scores by the student in different assessments.
As the crisis unfolds, schools in large numbers are embracing technology to provide undisrupted learning. Choosing what is suitable for your child is crucial. Undisrupted learning clubbed with quality learning will go a long way.
LEAD is helping children become future-ready. To enrol your child in a LEAD Powered School: Fill the admission form now