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Sanchita Kundu Brahmachari, Principal, Academic Heights Public School, Sakoli, Bhandara: New digital learning need of the hour

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Sanchita Kundu Brahmachari

As of March 2020, the outbreak of Corona virus disease (COVID 19) has been declared as Public Health Emergency, the entire world globally started taking measures to prevent to prevent the transmission, reduce the impacts and support the control measures.

As concerned about the health, in the same way necessary measures are being continuously taken in the journey of education. Education is the only passport that can encourage students to become advocates for prevention of disease, prevention and control at home, in school and in their community.

Maintaining safe school operations or reopening schools after closure requires many considerations. The risk control decisions have led then into ‘Home Schooling’ situation. With volume of inconvenience, it also prompted and has set new example in educational innovation.

As of the top graded schools in the metropolitan city, we the ones who are in the remote regions is also trying to follow the trends that could hint the future transformation.

1. Education pushed to change which lead to surprising innovation: The sudden change in academics is taken over from centuries old lecture based approaches to teachings, out mode and boring classroom has been taken over by more creative through asynchronous online learning tools that were augmented with synchronous face to face video instructions.

Students and teachers began leveraging online learning even for subjects like Sports, Physical Education, Athletic Training, Music, posting Homeworks!!and also pushing students to learn new digital skills. Students are even learning, shooting, editing and sending videos in the right format to their respective teachers.

2. Private Educational Partnership : As in the past few weeks, we are witnessing coalitions taking place with diverse stakeholders viz. Publishers, Educational Professionals, Technology Providers Network operators, all coming together to utilise digital platform to beat the temporary crisis and becoming a consequential trend to future education.

3. The wide digital divide: As of our school, we know every school is beating hard finding a stop gap solutions to continue teaching. The less affluent and non digital savy individuals are no more left behind.

The Pandemic is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the skills, students need in this unpredictable world such as informed decision making, creating creative minds and above all adaptibility. To ensure those skills remain a priority for all students, resilience must be built-into our educational forums as well.

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