The Educator’s Role
In the early stages of progress of a child, the educator plays an irreplaceable role. The role of teachers in today’s day and age is evolving. It has changed from a unidirectional passive provision to multi-directional group-based assimilation. Teachers are not only expected to impart academic and exam-based learning anymore. They should also be able to equip their pupil with life skills and attributes.
Technology and Teaching Today
Children spend almost equal amounts of time at school and at home. So, teachers play a very impactful and long-lasting role in their impressionable minds. Given the current circumstances globally, technology has taken over all spheres of life. It is said that human emotions and conventional teaching methods cannot be replaced by machines and technology. So, it is the responsibility of the teachers to update, evolve, and keep up with modern times to incorporate global standards.
Today, the world is their classroom and geographical boundaries are no longer setting limitations. Education technologies like video-based learning make the study material more engaging and interesting. Besides studying innovatively, students will also understand the relevance and importance of the content holistically. They will also enjoy access to unlimited online resources and data. This will add more interest in expanding the horizons and planes of education. The advantage of remote or digital learning is that it helps students of all personalities of students to voice opinions. Often, in a conventional classroom-based system, the extroverted students tend to outshine the shy. With regulated systems, there is a more equitable distribution of resources and opportunities. The availability of online tools facilitates the same.
A recent survey by ADHEC indicated that Indians are of the opinion that the COVID-19 pandemic has made a long-lasting change in education. 91% are of the opinion that teaching should now be remote. If not completely, 45% of people think that education should be partially online post-2020.
Future Trends in Education
Listed below are a few of the future trends in teaching.
- The surge of digitised platforms as modified classrooms:
Technology is revolutionising educational patterns and trends. As opposed to conventional chalk and talk style, teachers have a greater and uniform outreach to all students. There are various instructional styles which are incorporated to keep the child’s interest levels high. Each student gets exposure to global standards of study material and world-class education. Education is more explorative and engaging. Use of interactive software, podcasts, apps, videos, and other digital tools offer a fun learning experience.
- Convenience and connectivity:
Digital education has the unopposed advantage of the convenience of access, irrespective of time and place. Parents have more control and awareness of their child’s education and are more involved in their day-to-day activities.
- Massive Open Online Course or MOOCS:
India has one of the highest procurements for online courses, second to only the USA. Experts are of the opinion that India will soon overtake the USA too. Demographically, the population of India is second in the world to China and is third in university enrollment worldwide. The ease of availability of courses online has revolutionised the global education sector. This has made courses from prestigious institutions available for free, at the convenient click of a mouse.
This has opened up gateways for perspective, discussion, and cultural exchange. With the power of the internet, a child sitting in a small town in India can have access to courses in Harvard and Oxford, sometimes even free of cost. Under ordinary circumstances, that would be impossible. The world is getting smaller and more connected and access to viable global education ensures it.
- Game-based learning
Today’s children are more equipped to deal with technology than any of the previous generations. The ease of access from an early age ensures that an environment can be created where they are involved. The players often impersonate characters in the game. Game-based learning creates an environment where lessons are taught visually and phonetically. This makes it better grasped and stored in the child’s long-term memory.
Though the trends sound promising, they do not come without roadblocks. India is a developing country and approximately 70% of India is still rural. The privileged urban population have the obvious advantage of access to technology and its benefits. Despite many government schemes, a significantly large number of children don’t have access to basic education yet. One of the major problems is the lack of infrastructure, educational institutions and schools. Many remote areas have no school access, leave alone the internet. This causes the divide between literate and illiterate to increase.
Ways to Make Teaching More Effective
Education is a constantly evolving, multi-faceted domain. There must be more serious attempts at raising the quality of education. Focusing on life skills, social upliftment, and real-life application is necessary. Updating syllabus, teaching methods and funds for higher education would help too. Also, teacher-student ratios have to be increased. More teachers should be onboarded to ensure that all students get one-to-one guidance and attention. Improved training, encouragement, and incentives are other building blocks to improve the system.
Working towards building infrastructure nationwide will improve the quality of education and life. As the divide between economic standards, gender, caste, and religion ceases, education will take precedence. To better the standards of education, the country needs to understand the value of it. The goal may seem far-fetched but India is a definite superpower. Education is and has always been the gateway to progress, and we can work towards a better future by valuing its importance.