Education is one of the sectors that has received a severe impact from the COVID-19 outbreak. Classe through zooms and google classes and almost zero extracurricular activities is how the students have been spending their time. Almost an entire academic year has been passed online. And with the cases rising again it may continue one more year.
It will be hard for students to continue their education in the same manner. Especially the young teenagers who are spending essential building and learning skills through a screen. Sensitive ages like 12-15 which make up the adolescence of a human being are the years of their lives that make up for essential brain development. At a time like this if they do not engage their brain and skills in the right way it may have a long-lasting effect.
Hence, online learning platforms like Khan Academy, MySecond Teacher, etc. come in great handy for students to engage their minds and help them develop crucial skills which they might not be able to learn when they grow old.
These kinds of platforms also help grown kids equally. They are like personal tutors where students can review, solve their confusions and learn additional information. Sites like Khan Academy have the full academic content required for the SATs for free which really helps students as well as the pockets of parents since tutor centers have quite a heavy charge.
MySecond Teacher is an online learning platform with experts ready to help and teach. It is founded by Dr. Benson Soong and Sulav Budathoki. There are versions available of this website.
The first one offers Cambridge followed courses and is used across 18 countries. All the experts, courses, and materials align with the ones demanded by the IGCSE board. And in the Nepali new year, MySecond Teacher launched in Nepal too. This .np version of the website offers courses as required by the NEB board. It also comes with great Nepalese-inspired animations.
TV Channel and Radios
Since the virus halted schools it had a heavier impact upon students who could not access the internet and those who do not have a laptop. Nepal released a TV Channel, called Bidyalaya Shiksha, which broadcasts teachers teaching various lessons. Many local teachers also came together and had “Radio Schools” to help these children.
Although it may not provide the in-depth intensive education available in a physical classroom, it does not put a complete stop to the education of these children. They are able to continue learning which is very important.
This application is designed for Nepalese students strictly following the local curriculum. It supports all android, windows, and ios devices. They offer lessons for children from kindergarten level to grade 10. They have very well designed and implemented animation-based multimedia for learning. They have 3 more additional services they offer.
Smart class content includes educational information for classes and be used on smart boards.
The virtual classroom allows up to 50 students and 1 hours sessions, where sharing files and screen is possible.
Tablet learning involves safe-to-use tablets and informational applications for students as well as teachers. This is their aim to make education bag-free and digitized. They offer such educational tablets in Nepal.
Open Learning Exchange Nepal (OLE Nepal) is a social benefit organization dedicated to enhancing education quality and access through the integration of technology in classrooms.
Since its inception in 2007, OLE Nepal has pioneered the use of technology in schools and provided open and free access to quality education and innovative learning environments to children.
Their mission is to improve the quality of education and reduce the disparity in access to quality education across geographic regions, school types, and population groups by integrating technology in the teaching-learning process.
They have services like E paath, E pustaklaya, children’s books, and even teacher training. They are highly resourceful for students because of their free access to the library and books following the local curriculum.
There is much technology being developed after the virus struck as well as services opened from before aiming to make education more digitalized in Nepal. As well as making these technologies more accessible especially outside the city as well as on the local level.
Children who do not have internet connections extremely require services like educational radios and tv channels to help them.
E-learning is also highly essential for current students to continue their education. Without these services like Zoom and Google Classroom, all of the students would fall behind and lose essential learning stages of their lives trapped in their homes which can never be brought back.