As parents and constant learners, we are always looking for new, more effective ways to help our little ones advance and grow. Occasionally, though, we come across setbacks and challenges that are much greater than what we’ve been preparing for. Take this ongoing COVID pandemic, for instance, and the many issues that have come to light as a result. If you’re a parent of a toddler, you’ve likely had to face the daycare problem. You’ve started worrying about the flu as the fall season is already in full swing.

If your child is already in school, you know that it takes time to get used to e-learning, wearing masks, and a complete lack of social interactions that are a core part of the school experience. As difficult as the situation is right now, we have so much to learn from it. In particular, what kind of changes will our education system see after the COVID pandemic ends? Some new learning and development trends are slowly becoming more prominent. As a parent, you’ll want to stay tuned to see what your kids can expect once this global challenge is over.

Diversifying student-teacher communication

We all love the idea of our kids playing and socializing in the classroom and the teacher’s undivided attention to the whole class. However, with the advancement of e-learning platforms and systems, teachers will have more one-on-one time with their students.

Personalizing their teaching approach will be more available, and each student will get the much-needed guidance from their teachers. This is thanks to various learning formats, materials, and platforms alike.

The use of online learning materials

One trend that is already becoming prominent in all levels of education is digital learning materials. This even applies to specialized fields of work such as medicine. If someone wants to get certified in emergency care and life support, practical tips can be visually presented to simplify learning.

For instance, people who want to pass a PALS test can now benefit from using PALS algorithms to prepare better for their certification and to memorize each procedure with ease. Over time, these and similarly challenging and specialized topics will become more available in digital formats to provide a more engaging learning process for aspiring experts. The sooner your kids start figuring out how to learn from these charts, infographics, videos, and guides, the easier it will be for them to absorb even more complex knowledge later in life.

Online courses and testing

How do teachers know if their students aren’t cheating? What about supervision during schoolwork, not just tests? How about projects and hands-on work and skill development? These and other similar questions point to a need to develop our online realm’s education system further.

Parents can and will help, for sure. However, we cannot abandon our careers so that we can watch our kids during every quiz. If anything, this trust-based system needs to foster autonomy in learning as well as discipline. For now, many more schools are introducing unique testing and scoring systems in an attempt to foster equality and fairness. Hopefully, in time, we’ll see these systems improve.

A hybrid method for future generations

We’ve said so much about online learning, testing, and digital interactions that it seems as if technology might as well replace the classroom. The opposite is, hopefully, true. While digital tools and platforms will become better developed, and future students will need to be able to study online. Without supervision, the classroom will remain an essential part of their schooling.

Blending the classroom and digital outlets can provide the easiest way to use the best of both worlds. It reduces the risks of exasperating the situation and build a safe space for learning and growth. This is an excellent opportunity for us as parents to help our little ones navigate the digital world. All this while still making the most of their time in the classroom with their teachers and peers.

While the future is still somewhat of a blur considering the current situation, we are already noticing specific education sector changes. Helping our kids adapt and make the most of these new technologies, materials, and solutions will allow them to use their potential, find out what they want to become, and grow into educated professionals no matter the setbacks they face.

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