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Online classrooms aren’t for everyone. But for some kids, digital learning is a more well-adapted, enjoyable, and effective way to learn. Online learning got a bad rap after educators and institutions were forced to switch rapidly to digital at the onset of the pandemic. But this strange time seems to have had a silver lining for some. Overall, it allowed virtual teaching and learning to be considered a possibility. It also allowed kids to give it a go – and some loved learning more than ever as a result.
  1. Flexible Learning

    For many kids, online learning offers flexibility they wouldn’t otherwise have access to in a traditional classroom. Learning French or another foreign language requires discipline and continuity. For families often on the move, regular class attendance in the same location isn’t an option. Online classes however enable your child to continue learning a language or other topics from wherever they are in the world.

  2. Access to More and Better Teachers

    This increased flexibility also benefits teachers who can log in from wherever they are. This, in turn, provides students with access to a much greater range of teachers with different specializations and talents. Teachers who navigate to digital teaching environments are often those who are inspired and motivated to employ new technologies, creating exciting opportunities for children to learn and thrive in a digital environment.

  3. Adapted to All Learning Styles

  4. The switch to online learning in 2020 revealed another interesting benefit which many say, will continue driving the development of online education for a long time to come. It was found that some children, prone to anxiety in traditional classrooms, thrived in the relatively calm and stable environment of the virtual world. Online settings proved to be more well-adapted to children who preferred their own comfort zone where they were able to learn at their own pace. Virtual breakout rooms also allowed children to connect with teachers and friends on a more private level without disruption or competition.

  5. Actually, Learning CAN be Fun

  6. As well as providing a calmer setting, digital classrooms enable new and fun ways for kids to learn. And while gamification and video content aren’t what we traditionally associate with academia, these new additions to the classroom keep kids entertained, engaged, and motivated to learn. In addition, they prepare your child for the ever-increasingly digital environment in which we live.

  7. Other Considerations

  8. While these benefits are clear, there are still a number of things to keep in mind when it comes to online learning and if it’s right for your child. Firstly, there’s the lack of social interaction which for some children, can be difficult. While some kids thrive in the virtual world, others can find this type of learning environment distracting and hard to get used to. For this reason, it’s essential for teachers to incorporate a variety of new and engaging tools that help children interact as well as focus over the duration of the lesson. Another obvious challenge of online learning is ensuring a reliable internet connection. Even today, there are many parts of the world where connections can be patchy or non-existent. And while online technologies have proven to be highly beneficial, not having consistent access can be detrimental. Lastly, finding a teacher that’s right for your child can be challenging without being able to meet in person. How can you tell the teacher employs methodologies that will allow your child to learn? Will the teacher be willing to adapt to your child’s preferred learning methods? All these questions and points we’ve explored are what parents need to think about when considering online learning for their child. And while online environments might not be suited to everyone, digital is certainly the way the world is heading and any practice your child can get will provide the opportunity to be prepared for the future. The last few years have seen digital learning environments improve dramatically, becoming more and more adapted to different learning styles and preferences. So while it’s not the brick and mortar classroom we remember so well, this virtual equivalent certainly promises new and exciting opportunities that your child might just take a liking to.