The global pandemic which we are currently going through has not just changed a lot of things in the present, it is also going to change a huge amount of things in the future, and the arrival of the virtual classroom looms large, helping kids get back to school and back into their education. The virtual classroom does sound like something which could work well but as with so many things there are pros and cons to this type of set up which means that it could be a divisive subject.
I want to explore this a little more and take a look into what benefits and disadvantages there could be if we decided that the virtual classroom was the way forward for kids and students across the country, let’s take a look.
What It Will Solve
A virtual classroom is a great solution to the problem of lockdown as it means that students can still receive education from their teachers even though they are not physically going to the school. This maintains the continuity of their learning and it gives kids something to focus on and occupy themselves with.
Schools have also recognized the clear benefits of the virtual classroom, which means that a lot less money needs to be spent inside the school on things such as energy, cleaning staff and kitchen staff. Essentially schools would be able to spend less on the running of the building, and more on other areas.
Issues With Virtual Learning
There are many issues with learning in this way and most of them are important enough to suggest that this will not completely replace school teaching. The first point to mention is that a child’s school years are not only about education but also abut the development of social skills and that is why the virtual experience will never be able to take the place of the real school experience.
Something else which many have spoken about is the management of kids in the classroom which is made incredibly hard for teachers when they are not physically watching their pupils. Doing things virtually means that kids could find ways of not paying attention and it would be far harder for teachers to manage the classroom. This is another criticism of the notion of using the virtual experience full time in the future.
There is certainly something here however and it may well be that schools will look at doing some level of virtual classrooms, such as part time virtual schooling or perhaps even a small percentage of lessons done in this way. Something which cannot be denied is the benefit which virtual schooling can have, but there are drawbacks which need to be considered too.
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