Too Much Creative Technology Available?
It is not terrific to see that this site has not been updated in around six months. Yes, it is getting tougher and tougher to keep up with updates and procedures in a creative world. Meaning, there is so much opportunity these days with information technology and the like, that one can get overwhelmed with what is out there (in a good way) but as a result, not doing tasks in the timely manner that they deserve to be done in.
Technology to the Rescue
When starting USA eLearning, the idea was to take a snapshot of eLearning in America and write posts about its evolution. And at this point, due to the pandemic, eLearning is everywhere and is now called something different: remote learning. It is really pretty amazing the spectrum of educating that was going on via cyber methods. Not just kids, but college students as well.
Although there was a lot of negative press about attending class virtually, my personal experience with it has been quite favorable. The most often used complaint by parents was that they felt that their children were being robbed of the in-person approach, and therefore they were not keeping up with academic standards. And for many, especially those parents who had kids with a learning disabilities, this was true.
Teachers who Love Teaching Were More Likely to Reach Kids than those who “Phone it in.”
But what I watched unfold, was that for a kid who was motivated, eLearning was possibly even better than the alternative. Since there were fewer distractions, it became easier for the student to move through class requirements more quickly. But I imaging that it has to do with the quality of teaching at the school the pupil is attending. Teachers who really wanted to connect with kids and help them learn, were able to do so despite the mode and circumstances.
Student Social Interaction
An undeniable negative of remote learning for kids, and even college students really, was the lack of opportunity for social interaction that is important for the growth of human beings. Yes, there are a lot of digital tools available through which students can interact with each other not during school ours, but for some grades more than others, it makes peer communications virtually pale in comparison to in-person.