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EducationWorld May 2021 | Spotlight Feature

The Covid pandemic has impacted life in ways we could not imagine just a year ago. Education was severely disrupted due to the limitations imposed on movement, meetings and gathering. Divya Lal, Managing Director of Fliplearn Education Pvt. Ltd explains her views on why schools should prepare for a shift to Physical learning in 2021.

Edtech startups entered 2021 on a strong footing thanks largely to the momentum gained in 2020, when the world went into lockdown and online learning became the new reality anDivya Lal

d the entire eco system – from investors to consumers, saw edtech as a bridge over this disruption.

The fall out has been extensive and blended learning – a combination of traditional brick and mortar schooling with online learning – has become the go-to methodology for students and teachers to continue education while confined to their homes for the past year. 

As the threat of more disruption looms, and a full-scale return to schools this academic year appears unlikely, ed-tech will continue to dominate education delivery, especially at the primary and secondary levels, through online learning as the primary mode of instruction.

The online education market, based on current trends, has a very promising future ahead, with substantial growth expected in the coming years. Although not everyone is convinced that online learning will eventually replace traditional learning, a hybrid model will undoubtedly gain traction in the future. Teachers and interactive sessions will always be required to addre

ss higher order thinking. Soft and social skills — a critical part of the school experience — cannot be effectively
replicated without offline interactions. And yet, the growing popularity of virtual classrooms as a convenient hybrid model between online teaching and the traditional classroom experience is a strong indicator of which way the wind is blowing. Blended learning will without doubt play a key role in reshaping our collective ambition of universal quality education – as also improve learning
outcomes.

The ed-tech players will have to go the extra mile to address emerging issues in p

ost-covid times when schools begin reopening. It is not difficult to anticipate that there will be multitude issues and challenges. Legislation, or new rules will likely create insecurity among all stakeholders – colleges, students, parents, and teachers – and these may persist for some time until full normalcy is restored. However blended pedagogy mechanism –referred to as physical – is by all estimates
going to be the preferred way as the transition to digital education progresses and percolates
into the education system.

A comprehensive edtech platform like Fliplearn is giving schools and teachers complete control of their students’ learning. Its custom-made, engaging, and simplified content, and easy access to an array of impressive features for schools, has helped simplify teaching and lear

ning by teachers.

These platforms have re-imagined education in a 360-degree digital vision, without compromising on any aspect of traditional learning. For eg. Fliplearn Edge – the platform app – enables teachers to upload videos, photos, or content and assign homework and assessment, while allowing for individual innovation and creativity. Teachers can also create assessments through an inbuilt bank
with each question allowing a pre-set flexible format for answers with multiple options including objective type, short answer type, or long answer type. The automated checker for both objective and subjective tests give the teacher more time for personalized attention to each child. Fliplearn Edge enables teachers to upload videos, photos, or content at will while allowing for individual innovation and creativity. Teachers can create question papers through an inbuilt bank with each question allowing a pre-set flexible format for answers – objective type, short 

answer type, or long answer type. The automated checker for both objective and subjective tests gives the teacher more time for personalized attention to each child.

With new intuitive features, Fliplearn app will now allow students/teachers to upload heavy files even with low internet speed as they get automatically compressed and then sent out.

Fliplearn has also added robust feature for homework assessment which will be making lives of teachers easier and will allow for enhanced efficiencies. While correcting stu

dent homework, teachers can give commands in audio, video and text format to rectify their mistakes as well as add

appreciation.

Teachers can also schedule tests or assessments in advance. Other features that can be enabled – and edited as and when required – include the number of attempts, word lim

it, type, number of attachments uploaded, the time limit for a test. Teachers also have the ability to hide or show features and can restrict access to a certain group of students. Besides the above, teachers can

also see the time spent by a child to answer any question or time taken to complete an assessment.

School, as much as education, are never going to be the same again. Today’s blended learning is but a step away from a transformation of the curriculum and pedagogy as we know it today. Edtech remains the most comprehensive new world solution to address the challenges of education during and the post pandemic global scenario. No barrier of geography, cost, distance, ability, access,
content can now hold back a deserving or willing student. Teachers can function more efficiently, and students can study more economically, with greater freedom and flexibility. Edtech is the future of education.

Also read: Fliplearn Edge: helping teachers & students continue learning amid pandemic

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