Headline, December 07 2020/ ''' '' THE EDUCATIONS TOT '' '''


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! THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY ! WELCOMES every great parent in the world. And we all stand up as two little angels : Muhammad Mustafa and Ahmed Mujtaba join up from the UAE. We enclose all our prayers and wishes for them.

AS STUDENTS SHUTTLE BETWEEN DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL SPACES - they may develop a new found awareness of their own capacity for independent study.

The digital revolution spurred by the pandemic has not only changed the way education is imparted, but also our engagement, attitudes and behaviour towards learning. On the one hand, it has somewhat slowed down the rat race that followed the frenzy of examinations.

On the other hand, it has allowed schools to re-evaluate the need for flexibility in structures and demands on students' time, learning styles and performance.

CRAWLS AND CAVES : WITH THE SECOND WAVE of the pandemic upon us, we have had to crawl back into our caves. Schools were striving hard to address the learning gaps in the few weeks of face-to-face teaching before closure.

Whilst this back-and-forth pendulum swing between face-to-face and online schooling has affected students in a number of ways, it has also opened up the possibilities of a blended approach.

As reliance on learning through videos increases, it takes us slowly away from dependence on textbooks as the primary source of information.

Schools are now successfully experimenting with different models of imparting education. Blended learning is not so much of an innovation as the need of the hour as our forced dependence on digital solutions increases by the day.

In fact, the concept of blended learning itself has expanded dramatically as schools explore options to stay afloat in difficult economic circumstances. Blended learning may be a solution that not only allows schools to continue their work, but also empowers teachers and students to find avenues that were previously unexploited.

Our heavy reliance on the instructional model has given way to more task-based experiences for students, experiments that can be conducted at home, spurring craftsmanship and immersive techniques.

This 'enriched virtual remote' model teaches students to interact with the teacher on a need basis, having to complete the goals of the curriculum largely through tasks which set targets for them.

This approach works seamlessly for secondary and university students who may have the added motivation to move on to further studies or the job market.

For younger students, a 'flipped classroom' approach where students are shown videos on subject content followed by a guided online discussion, assignment and perhaps a face-to-face assessment maybe more viable in helping them adjust to the demands of digital education.

For still younger students, an entirely experimental method of individual rotation blended learning may be relatively helpful. Students are divided into small groups that 'rotate' between hands-on-activities with the teacher.

This model particularly supports play-based learning and children can get personalised learning opportunities where teachers focus on not more than six to eight children at one go. Judging the success of the learning experience becomes a tad easier for teachers who get to 'watch' the progress of children more closely, especially in the pre-primary years.

The challenge with most digital learning is the difficulty of assessment in large groups, which may exacerbate achievement gaps as some students fall through the cracks. The blended learning approach, however, works well if students come in for face-to-face booster classes and assessments once or twice a week.

Many schools have successfully implemented this model of late, especially as they designate part of the day for the students to show up in school and share the tasks they have completed.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Education, The Way Forward and Angelic Tots continues. The World Students Society thanks author Neda Mulji.

With respectful dedication to Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011.

''' Blend - Bright '''

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