By: Danielle Tierney/Junior Writer
With the start of Covid-19, people across the country were thrown into scary and unfamiliar situations. Some had to completely change up their routines and their lives. For students of course, they faced many changes and new challenges with online learning. With the new hybrid learning plan, many teachers had to rethink and rework the way that they teach. They needed to find ways for students to be able to digest information and do assignments online. But thinking ahead in the future, are teachers going to adopt some of these changes and use them for teaching when everything is safe again? Could our classes in coming years use more technology because of the adaptations to learning that were made during the pandemic?
After having to rely more on technology, it makes sense that schools would want to get rid of older, outdated resources. Online education programs such as Khan Academy or the AP classroom could potentially have bigger roles in class. And when schools are finally stocked up on more Chromebooks than they would normally have, this could mean that paper-free education could be something in the near future. Educational videos and note-taking could also be something that teachers want to keep in their class, as it’s generally very digestible and deepens understanding, as well as it is something different and gives variation. There are also online note taking tools with much more capabilities than just pencil and paper. Kami is something teachers have been introducing, which allows to insert pictures, audio notes, bold text, shapes, signatures, equations, and more on PDF documents. These resources have been around for a while, but the pandemic could be the push needed for these features to make it into classrooms for the long run.
Let’s talk about what to expect for our school regarding this in the coming years. In AP Language and Composition, one of the new changes to class is a notebook completely online. According to Mrs. Davenport, she will see how this year goes and then decide if she wants to use it in the future. Online notebooks could be really useful and help students with organization, and it will definitely be something to get used to. Mrs. Vaccaro, a teacher of many sciences, says that she wants to keep the new strategies that work the best for the students this year. Another teacher, Ms. Brown, weighed in that she wants to continue using Kami, as it allows her to make voice notes to thoroughly explain homework and other assignments. Though, Zoom, an online meeting space, is something that she would be happy to not see in future years. Gathering from these responses, many teachers are open to keeping the new methods that are beneficial to students.
After the pandemic is finally over and we can all go to school safely again, it is to be expected that learning could be a bit different. Technology is something students and teachers might have to get to know really well. There are many examples of new, more flexible, and more advanced methods of learning via technology that we are all getting to experience in hybrid learning. It is possible that these methods could take the place of older ones in the long run, such as the online notebooks replacing paper ones. Changes in technology use, especially in school, are going to be really interesting to see and experience in the future. Ways of learning have been constant for many years, and these changes could potentially make school more flexible and easier, which is definitely not a change that should be feared.