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Education in times of Covid 19

People are not ready to send their kids to schools, colleges if they are opened in July 2020. I think it should wait a bit and see if any vaccine is developed and comes to the market. But how to believe the vaccine is really a vaccine? There are many organizations currently racing against each other to "announce" their vaccine. (me first, only our vaccines work and things like that)

education in corona times

I am a pessimist probably but I seriously think students should not be put to risk by the corporates who might be selling water instead of a really working vaccine.

As for online classes, they can start training teachers to use PowerPoint and similar things for expressing themselves. I saw a video clip where someone was filming from the classroom back and since the teacher was writing on the board, the writing was not visible.

The best method for online training, based on my own experience is video conferencing using software made for multi-way communication such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or something similar. Zoom is free while Teams offers more features at the moment.

That also requires that all the students have access to computer and Internet. A video conference can also be attended via a smartphone. Government and other researchers should look into this before taking any decision.

Summary: Education in times of Corona

This disturbance caused by corona virus may not return to normal anytime soon. Though schools may open, parents in India are not willing to send their kids to schools.

I don't know how schools are planning to provide online schooling because if they record blackboards, the teachers will block the view. In other words, students won't be able to follow as teachers bodies will eclipse parts of blackboard.

For online classes, they should first train the teachers in Video Conferencing software and in PowerPoint so that blackboards are not required. PowerPoint slides instead of blackboards will better help students in understanding what is being taught.

Let's see how online education morphs now. This too will take more time as teachers have to learn the required skills. Maybe the teachers should see how trainers teach on Udemy etc., online classes.

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