Recent Food and Drug Administration approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds means that thousands of children who have continued to learn from home will dust off their lunch boxes and climb onto the school bus, destined for in-person instruction once again.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools indicates, students benefit from in-person learning, and face-to-face should be the primary method of instruction. Still, eLearning has earned its place in education, and smart educators welcome the addition.
Two are better than one
Although eLearning became the classroom standard out of necessity during the pandemic, educators and parents now recognize its long-term merits. Most students still need to learn primarily in person, but those lessons can be reinforced through eLearning.
The simple truth is that classrooms will likely never look like they did pre-COVID-19, and that’s not such a bad thing when it comes to student engagement. Leaders in education believe that a hybrid model of traditional, in-person instruction and eLearning tools will offer the most benefit to students.
For example, incorporating artificial intelligence tools into eLearning can help identify the concepts students struggle with most, identify specific students who need help, and produce personalized content plans for individual students. The drawback to AI, of course, is that it can’t manage a classroom full of students. But equipping a strong teacher with the eLearning tools AI has to offer creates a structured yet forward-thinking learning environment.
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