How IT helped Million of Students (School/College/universities) during Lockdown due to COVID-19.

  1. The COVID-19 has caused schools and colleges to shut all across the world. Universally, over 1.2 billion children are not attending their classes at school.
  2. With the effect of this, the education system has changed vividly, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is started remotely and on various digital platforms.
  3. The outcome coming from the Research stated that online learning has been shown to increase the preservation of information, even it takes less time, meaning the changes coronavirus has caused might be here to stay.

Globally if we look, countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, there are currently more than 1.2 billion children approximately in 186 countries affected by school and college closures due to the pandemic. In Denmark, children up to the age of 11 are returning to nurseries and schools after initially closing on 12 March, but in South Korea, students are answering to attendance via online mode.

One such critical area, where the need for change has become apparent, is education. All over the world this sudden shift away from the classroom, some are speculating whether the acceptance of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic, and how these changes would influence the worldwide education market. The impact of this pandemic and thereby its precautionary measures, has toppled the life of students, parents and teachers.

Even before COVID-19, there was already high development and acceptance in education technology. Whether it is software language apps, computer-generated tutoring, video conferencing tools, or any online learning software program, there has been a significant surge in usage since COVID-19.

Recent Trends in Education Sector during COVID-19?

In response to momentous demand, many online platforms for learning are offering free access to their services, including platforms like BYJU’S, which is a Bangalore-based online coaching firm, which is now the world’s most highly cherished edtech company. Since proclaiming free live classes on its Think and Learn app, BYJU’s Company Higher authorities insisted that there is a 200% increase in the number of new students using its app.

Tencent classroom, an e-learning center, has been used widely since mid-February after the Chinese government ordered a quarter of a billion full-time students to start again their studies using online digital platforms. As a result of this in the history of education approximately 730,000 K-12 students, appearing classes via the Tencent K-12 Online School in Wuhan which is meant to be the largest “online movement”.

Further companies are reinforcing abilities to provide a one-stop-shop for teachers and students. For example, Zoom a U.S based video communication initially founded by Eric Yuan, instigated teachers and students to do video conferencing and telecommuting through a cloud-based software platform, Screen Sharing, record meeting, and smart calendar scheduling, among other features. To do so quickly and in a time of crisis, Zoom ramped up its global server infrastructure and capabilities to ensure reliable connectivity. Even Google develop a free web service named Google classroom for schools that mainly focus to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. Its main focus is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. As a result of this approximately 40 to 100 million users using Google classroom.

Feasibly, the world may never go back to what it was pre-pandemic. But we can count on it to acclimate the upcoming, regardless of what it contains.

Asst. Prof.
Department of IT.
TIMT, Jalandhar.

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