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Though e-learning existed long before 2020, it was mostly used as a substitute to face-to-face classroom engagement. Educators had to swiftly adjust to only teaching using digital platforms, modifying their teaching style, curriculum design, evaluation, and record-keeping. The transition from a controlled classroom setting to the usage of digital tools and hardware was also overcome by students. With the active support of their teachers, they have remained motivated towards acquiring new learnings.
Mode of teaching not withstanding, students' approach towards learning is always shaped by their teachers' effectiveness in providing a supportive and conducive environment for learning. When pedagogical techniques evolve at an accelerated pace, they become instrumental in facilitating the personal and professional growth of teachers. To prepare students for the 21st century challenges, globally, teachers have been working on honing their analytical and problem-solving skills, critical thinking, reasoning, research and innovation skills, imagination, creativity, and effective communication.
When pedagogical techniques evolve at an accelerated pace, they become instrumental in facilitating the personal and professional growth of teachers. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash
With the adoption of compulsory digitization, teachers have had to quickly find more effective and efficient ways of communicating and interacting with their students using platforms such as Zoom, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams etc. They have honed their skills on digital tools like a slide or document sharing, whiteboards, breakout rooms, instant chat to make online classrooms more interactive and to promote active learning. This has also led to collaboration among teachers and made them try out various techniques like developing original artefacts such as stories and games, designing group activities and crafting worksheets for introducing important concepts.
The digital model has been a significant step forward in encouraging instructors to shift from lecture-based teaching and provide students with a more interactive learning experience. This is because online learning allows students to learn at their own pace and they can revise as per their requirements. After the first-hand experience with the benefits, they will make e-learning part of their "new normal".
Online teaching and learning will continue to proliferate as technology develops, and educational experts predict that with the uncertain times ahead. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash
Online teaching and learning will continue to proliferate as technology develops, and educational experts predict that with the uncertain times ahead, we need to brace up to technology and digitization. This element is bound to stay as we move along in this new world. Now is the moment to sketch out a vision for how education may emerge from this global crisis stronger than ever before, as well as a strategy for leveraging education's newfound relevance.
Though we haven't seen the end of this pandemic, the teaching community continues to ensure that learning does not stop for students. The effectiveness of modern teaching methodology backed by rapid adoption of digitization is the way forward in a post-pandemic world. Technology will ensure every child has access to education and every teacher finds a way to interactively teach children at a pace that promotes better understanding and retention.
(Article originally written by: Ashwani Awasthi) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Teaching, online, pandemic, schools, covid, digitization
"The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves." — Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Teachers instill in us a desire to do well and achieve in life. Teachers' Day, also known as Shikshak Divas in India, is observed to recognize the efforts of our mentors and gurus. World Teachers' Day is celebrated on October 5; however, it is observed on a different day in each nation. It is commemorated on September 5 in India to honor the contributions made by teachers to their students and society; it is the day when the former President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, was born. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a prominent Indian academic, philosopher, and the former President of India.
Why September 5?
As soon as Dr. Radhakrishnan was appointed as the president, his students approached him and asked if they may celebrate his birthday throughout the country with him. He explained to his kids that it would make him feel better if they celebrated his birthday as Teacher's Day instead of his actual birthday. Teacher's Day is being observed on September 5 since 1962.
Teacher's Day is being observed on September 5 since 1962. Photo by Yogendra Singh on Unsplash
Dr. Radhakrishnan's professional accomplishments:
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born in a poor Brahmin family in Tiruttani, Andhra Pradesh, but excelled in school and completed his education through scholarships. He was a brilliant scholar and philosopher who served as India's first Vice President and second President. He earned a Master's degree in philosophy. He published 'The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore' in 1917, establishing Indian philosophy on the global stage. Then he was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Andhra University from 1931 to 1936 and later on as the Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University in 1939. In 1931, he was knighted, and in 1954, he was granted the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. In 1963, he was appointed as an honorary member of the British Royal Order of Merit.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was a brilliant scholar and philosopher who served as India's first Vice President and second President. Wikimedia
Celebrations on Teachers' Day:
For children at school, teachers' day means to get flowers, chocolates and hand-made cards to express their respect and love. Senior students celebrate this day by dressing up like their teachers and performing on stage. Students perform dances, songs and recitals of poems. Teachers are welcomed to the auditorium, where they are able to see the performances live. In some of the activities organized on Teachers' Day, certain teachers are invited up to the stage to participate in them.
In some of the activities organized on Teachers' Day, certain teachers are invited up to the stage to participate in them.Wikimedia
But, schools and institutions have been closed due to Covid-19, and yearly school celebrations have been substituted with virtual ones. Therefore, virtual greetings are an excellent opportunity to tell your teachers that you respect and value them, even if you are no longer a school/college-going student, because teachers are the foundation upon which any high-quality education is constructed. They are among the few individuals in our life who express happiness when we, their students, outperform them.
Thankyou for making us what we are today, a very HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY!
Keywords: Teachers' Day, 5th September, Dr. Radhakrishnan, India, Teachers, education, COVID, schools, colleges
Hong Kong has seen an alarming reduction in its population over the last 12 months, as people leave in the wake of the pandemic and the city's political turmoil.
According to data released by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong's population has declined by 1.2%, equating to 89,200 people. It's the biggest decrease in Hong Kong's population in 60 years, AFP reported.
It comes after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city, cracking down on political dissidents following the anti-government protests in 2019. Supporters of the movement have used other methods too, such as publicly reading Apple Daily's pro-democracy newspaper, before its closure in June.
A government spokesman said the high numbers of those leaving the city are not all necessarily emigrating and the population decline is also due to the lack of new arrivals, a Hong Kong-based newspaper, the South China Morning Post reported. Additionally, Hong Kong has also had the COVID-19 pandemic to contend with, and although the city has recorded only 12,000 cases with 200 people dead, strict quarantine measures remain.
An offer of citizenship made by Britain for millions of Hong Kong residents has contributed to thousands leaving, the data suggests. Following activation of the security law, the British Government announced it would extend the rights of British National Overseas, or BNO, passport holders in Hong Kong, with nearly 3 million residents eligible.
The scheme allows Hong Kong residents born before 1997 a "pathway to citizenship" after five years. An assessment by the British Government estimated that by 2026 up to 300,000 could apply to emigrate, with 34,000 having already applied between January and March.
Dozens of lawmakers and activists are facing jail under the security law in Hong Kong, but several managed to flee overseas. Ted Hui, a former lawmaker in Hong Kong's mini-parliament, the Legislative Council, left for Australia in late 2020. He was facing nine charges and believes he was being investigated under the security law. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: East Asia, Hong Kong, Protest, Security Law, Pandemic
Our generation is growing up in a time where we are seeing problems that have never existed before. Older tools and techniques don’t necessarily work anymore to solve such issues. We need a different approach that builds on the latest developments in science and takes an alternate path to innovation. Now more than ever, it’s time to come together to make a difference in society. But how exactly do we make that change?
Gitanjali Rao, TIME magazine’s 2020 ‘Kid Of The Year’, innovator and America’s Top Young Scientist, brings to you an interactive experience to help immerse students in the process of innovation in “A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM: 5 Steps to Problem Solving for Students, Educators, and Parents”(Simon & Schuster).
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Recognized by ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Marvel’s Hero Project, the accomplished author builds on her experiences and provides a prescriptive step-by-step process for identifying problems and developing solutions – her book striving to impact students, teachers, and educators to adapt to a new learning style, one that can have a positive impact on society.
What do you say? Let’s come together and create an innovation movement!
Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys” an early lead detection tool. She is also the inventor of “Epione” a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly” an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.
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She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired thirty thousand students in the last two years across three continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.
“Gitanjali Rao is an inspiring innovator and motivational speaker about her experiences as America’s Top Young Scientist. In her book, she provides an infrastructure to help students, teachers, and parents solve real-world problems in a way that can lead to real change. As a former educator, district leader, and STEM thought leader, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming an innovator to make the world a better place,” says, Dr. Cindy Moss, VP, Global STEM, Discovery Education. (IANS/SP)