Michigan Health Lab

How Online Learning Has Changed School for the Long-Run

One year ago, when you heard the words “virtual school,” you probably would’ve thought about an online academy or technology-based homeschooling. Now, you’re sitting at home all day in front of a screen, listening to your teachers talk and trying to finish assignments you procrastinated on. Some students dislike it more than others, especially the ones who have a desire to hang out with friends and get out of the house, and the rest like the flexible schedules and extra sleep. One thing people haven’t talked about much is the long-term effects that this method of learning will bring to the table when we actually go back.

There are many positive changes that will come to play. For instance, at this time away from school, kids have learned a lot about themselves,   specifically, more about their learning styles and the easiest method of taking in information for them. This makes it easier for those people to plan schoolwork out properly and take better notes when we return.

Another good thing that might come from this is that teachers and staff have found better ways to communicate with their students, which will hopefully help us grasp the information better.

However, negative changes are sure to arise from this virtual-learning period as well. For example, a fair amount of kids are having a harder time processing the material they’re meant to take in, so when they go back it’ll probably take them slower than usual to catch up. Young kids who are in their early years of school will probably find it difficult to make friends. They mostly haven’t gotten to develop proper social skills yet, or experience being with other kids their age.

Overall, this pandemic has been a huge era of change for all aspects of our lives. It’s been a curse and a blessing because although we lost way too many people, there are a lot of fields where we have progressed as a society, and education will definitely be one of them.

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