The massive change in the field of education, which we face now, is quite drastic and ineffable. As the schools and colleges were shut, the students were stranded at home with no studies, physical activities or contact with friends. But the educators were indeed proactive. They wore the armour and took the sword when the effect of the pandemic entered the portals of the educational institutions. With the limited digital facilities, both the teachers and students equipped themselves and the educational activities were started online. A total transition from the traditional system of teaching/learning method, to a new epoch by accelerating the adoption of novel digital technologies. Now, it is the time for teachers to establish their virtual presence in the classrooms, finding strategies that can be implemented to improve this virtual shift a successful one. Many of them struggle with tech difficulties and interrupted internet services as they hunt for video programs and other online tools to construct a productive schedule outside the school environment.
Class over the internet is a hurdle in front of many students from lower-middle-class families due to the inaccessibility of tech devices and the internet at home. They are forced to miss out on education as their parents couldn’t find a solution amidst their struggle to meet both ends. As the students lose the one-to-one contact with their fellow beings, values of sharing and caring are not imbibed in them which hinder their emotional and psychological development. The overall social grooming of a child is not possible in virtual classrooms even though these platforms offer a plethora of advanced features for effective learning. Health problems are cropping up as screen time increases for the students like dry eyes, headaches and stress. As they have cooped up home the excessive use of gadgets makes them cranky and restless. Life being confined to the four walls will lead them to isolation or loneliness due to lack of physical activities and face to face communication with anyone.
This sudden shift from the existing system raises the question of whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic. The distinctive rise of e-learning has been shown to increase retention of information and takes less time means that the changes Covid-19 have brought might be here to stay and eventually become an integral component of school education. If online learning technology can play a role here, it is incumbent upon all of us to explore its full potential and prove ourselves as excellent mentors.