Written homework and tests have been replaced by Google forms; physical classes have switched to Zoom conferences and Flipgrid, visual aids and virtual assessments have substituted the blackboard. The lockdown has made several schools in the city switch from traditional classrooms to cloud-based platforms — pushing educational institutions to explore new trajectories, rethink education models and make learning meaningful, even during such unprecedented times.
The way forward
The current phase might seem overwhelming and confusing for students, but facilitators assure they are doing their best to knit glimmers of respite by integrating fun educational technologies like Kialo (for debates) and Kahoot (for quizzes), among others. Channelling what one otherwise does in a physical classroom into a digital space can be a challenge, especially amid a pandemic. But, a ‘panic-gogy’ (Panic+pedagogy) — a term that is becoming widely popular in the US — to help young learners adapt themselves with online learning while understanding their limitations, is perhaps the way forward.