There is so much hue and cry about screen time, especially in the case of students. Isn’t there a need to differentiate between screen time while playing mindless games on the mobile and watching cartoons for hours on end with highly engaging interactive live online classes?
Let us accept the reality, it is still uncertain when schools can resume normalcy. It has gone way beyond our initial timelines and the end is still not very clear. Children need to learn and be engaged in fruitful activities. Real-time online sessions provide a near classroom experience for the child. They get to meet other students and are part of a highly engaging classroom. Learning from the teacher and peer learning are all part of the online classroom experience.
The online classes should not be a replica of the offline class. Yes, screen learning is more tiresome than real classroom learning. The medium also poses certain limitations, but it also offers a multitude of opportunities. The teacher can easily switch between oral and visual content. Young children can be made to dance or stretch or play a group game – this provides the much-needed break . Children will easily re-engage with the class when learning resumes.
Video on sessions provide an opportunity for students to meet and greet their friends thus providing an opportunity for peer social interaction, this will also enhance peer learning. Let us make the best of the given situation and make sure the wellbeing and learning of our children are not compromised.