COVID-19 may have forced the students to remain locked in their homes, but for some educators, who have taken up e-learning initiatives, the lockdown has proved to be a blessing in disguise.
E-learning platforms such as Studymate and an initiative by a government school teacher from Malkarnem are some of the extraordinary solutions.
Studymate Academy, an education centre in Ponda, trains students of Grade 5th-12th from ICSE, CBSE and Goa Board in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Studymate also conducts various skill training courses and workshops. Since the lockdown, the students have been confined to their homes, but Studymate has commenced e-classes via video conferencing.
Shreeya Kamat Ghanekar, who is the proprietor and a trainer herself, after hosting online classes for Class X students said, “I’ve always been a supporter of online education and the lockdown has proved to be a blessing in disguise. I currently teach 80 students from Class IX and X from across Goa and some even from remote villages. That is the beauty of e-learning”.
“This is education at your fingertips. My co-trainers and I have not only managed to teach the kids successfully but have also boosted the morale of the current Class X students, who were stressed about their upcoming Board exams. We not only conduct live classes but also carry out regular assessments through the medium of Google Classroom. E-learning is the future and as educators, we must embark on this journey sooner than later,” she added.
The e-learning initiative offers a bouquet and successful classes of Webinar on Digital Marketing for beginners and an E-Study Series is also hosted on online/virtual coaching class modes for students of Class IX & X.
Sindhu Prabhudessai, a teacher from a Government School, Malkarnem in Quepem taluka, has started digital teaching for students through e-learning mode.
Prabhudessai said, “We thought of compiling the lessons and bringing together concepts that are inter-related to different classes and preparing digital modules instead of digital chapters, which will make learning fun through practical examples.”
Prabhudessai said around 77 per cent of students have access to Android phones and e-learning gadgets, while the rest of the students are being supported by people from the community like the local representatives, social workers, NGOs and ex-students.
She also said that instead of bombarding the students with chapters and lessons, they have created a compilation of lessons and concepts of different classes to make the learning interesting.
These efforts of educationists to disseminate education in the conditions of lockdown and zero mobility will go a long way as far as making learning exciting again.