“Covid-19 offers us a great opportunity for individual and collective recession. It is a time to go back to the drawing board and rewrite the next phase of our existence. The upcoming generation has to read about how we fought this pandemic with or without vaccines in order to overcome similar situations during their times.”
― Olawale Daniel
As the world battles out a widespread as grave as the COVID-19, everything about our lives has undergone a wave of alteration and adjustment. Connecting and celebrating with people the way we would usually do has lost both its meaning and context in the fight against Coronavirus. Working from home and living with the virus has indeed become our new ‘normal’. It has been more than 60 days of staying home and only hoping we don’t fall for the pandemic’s trap. Media has emerged as an unbeatable ‘Corona Warrior’ as all the citizens stay sheltered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for the technology has been on the ascending and even more while we all fight this pandemic called COVID-19. From Zoom meetings replacing the conventional physical classrooms with the teachers to incessant social media campaigns keeping you sane this quarantine, mass media and technology is a savior in many ways unimaginable. The pandemic has transformed from the ages-old chalk-talk to the technology teachings.
The Coronavirus pandemic has prompted the shutdown of schools all over the world. According to reports, more than 1.2 billion students are away from their classrooms. Due to this, the educational system has changed drastically. Online education has acquired massive admiration among students and professional workers. The typical rise in the e-learning on various digital platforms has come into consideration. The pedagogues are made to undertake their classes remotely on these platforms. This has led to the intake of the information in lesser time as compared to classroom teaching. Students can retain more than usual. Initially, there was a lot of disturbance in the minds of pedagogues and learners when they adapted for the technology and virtual classrooms. But as they started experiencing it, it became a cup of tea. Teachers started loving teaching students online. Online teaching is better than regular classes, as they can focus on their family, and there is no traffic, no traveling, and mental peace.
The Coronavirus is ubiquitous and this will go on for a long way ahead of us. Everything is uncertain. So, in such a situation, we need a solution that will be eternal. We do not know when we will be able to go back to our classrooms. Social media platforms and online education is our true savior. The pandemic has transformed the way of educating millions of students around the globe. The educators who used to work for 6-7 hours in the educational institutions are made to work for more than 12 hours from their home due to this widespread. Students are connecting with their fellow mates and teachers through social media platforms. They have been asked to submit their assignments and homework through social media.
During the lockdown period, the teachers and professors have undergone the process of technology acceptance, and students are involved with various online modes of training and learning. Everyone was conscious, anxious, and frightened regarding the pandemic and its consequences. But there is a positive side of Covid-19 too. In addition to the betterment of our atmosphere and getting rid of all kinds of pollution, it has led to the change in the education sector as everyone is adapting to the latest technology and students are engaging in virtual sessions and classes. The educators, who earlier were resisting using this technology because of their adaptations to conventional methodologies, are now making full utilization of these platforms and engaging with their students virtually. Hence, technology is playing a key role in educating all students worldwide.
In this time of crisis, a comprehensive and effective educational practice is what is required for the capacity-building of young minds. This will lead to the development of their health, productivity, intelligence, and employability and they will learn to be independent. This will ensure the progress of our nation too.