COVID-19 and Its Lasting Impact On Education

Abhinav Singh April 9, 2020
Not since World War II have so many countries around the world seen schools and educational institutions go into lockdown at the same time and for the same reason. While we know that the effect of this virus will be far-reaching, what will it mean in the longer term for education? For a while now, educators around the world have been talking about the need to rethink how we educate future generations. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced K-12 school districts and universities to close and send students home. This reality has forced teachers and students to adapt quickly. This shift towards distance learning, engaging students without grades, and developing/maximizing active use of technology will certainly change how we educate our K-12 students in the future. In 1991, the first smart boards began entering classrooms. This new technology allowed teachers to write on them, display PowerPoint presentations and much more. Many schools bought them thinking all teachers would use them, but many teachers didn’t because they were not comfortable with the technology. Personal computers suffered the same fate as they entered colleges in the 1980’s. They quickly spread into the K-12 system, and by 1986, roughly 25% of high schools began using them. They were mostly being used for career planning and college help at that time. Technology also helped spur the flipped classroom movement. Students were asked to watch a lecture online and absorb the content. When they attended the in-person class, they applied what they learned through project-based learning activities. Today, most students in our educational institutions are from Generation Z, a generation that has grown up in a truly globalized world. Now, given the current COVID-19 situation, there is a rush to online learning. Schools are being encouraged to move to a technology situation known as “1:1” (one-to-one), where each student should be issued a device allowing them to have access to the internet. As with every new technology that has been introduced to education, there is a learning curve. We need to train our teachers on how to effectively use technology with current best practices. Our students, even though they are the most technology-savvy generation ever, still need to learn best practices to be successful. The COVID-19 crisis may well change our world and our global outlook; it may also teach us about how education needs to adapt to better prepare our young learners for what the future might hold. 

Abhinav Singh

Manager - Marketing at Magic Software Inc | Digital Marketing, Media & Education | Technology Product & Services