Homeschooling During The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Change Education Forever Homeschooling children during the COVID-19 crisis is changing our approach to education.
Experts believe the innovations teachers use during the outbreak may lead to lasting change, with technology playing a bigger role in schools in the future.
- But advances in e-learning must not leave the educationally disadvantaged behind.
- Around the world, schools in over 100 countries are closed to protect against the spread of coronavirus, affecting the education of nearly 1 billion children. For the lucky ones, homeschooling will take the place of the classroom.
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- In some parts of the world, it will be down to parents to keep their child’s education going as best they can. But digital technologies are increasingly being used to deliver lessons to children at home.
Until the pandemic closed schools, only a minority of children were taught at home. In the United States, an estimated 1.7 million children were homeschooled out of a national school population of 56.6 million. Homeschooling During The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Change Education Forever
Today, things look very different. Around the world, schools are using existing platforms from the likes of Microsoft and Google as well as conferencing apps like Zoom to deliver lessons for their pupils. In the UK, virtual gym classes delivered by fitness instructor Joe Wicks have proved extremely popular.
Meanwhile, France has created “Ma classe à la Maison” (my classroom at home), which can be accessed on devices such as a laptop or a smartphone. It provides four weeks of courses with what the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) describes as “confirmed pedagogical content”.