1. How has distance learning affected technology in education and how has education adapted to the pandemic?

Peter: The pandemic has shown the great work that teachers are doing, and has really highlighted to all of us how passionate teachers are about education, just as we at ViewSonic are passionate about education. Teachers have adopted distance and hybrid learning, we have very quickly closed around the world, schools have closed, and this has shown the strength and passion of teachers in adapting to distance learning. Teachers perceived this helped speed up learning and demonstrated how adaptive our teachers are.

2. What role has technology played in keeping teaching and learning afloat?

Peter: I think we can clearly see and certainly from my personal experience that teachers work to continue to stimulate learning, to continue learning afloat, and this was done when teachers wasted a lot of their time because often in the UK for example, teachers also taught children who attended school. Remember that even though the schools were closed, the Key Workers ’children still went to school, so teachers played a hybrid role by teaching remotely and teaching children who were physically in the classroom. Edtech solutions, such as the myViewBoard visual learning platform, have helped enhance teaching and distance learning.

3. How has distance learning affected students in terms of well-being / mental health as well as opening up learning opportunities anywhere?

Peter: Well, in terms of learning from anywhere, kids were learning from anywhere, everyone’s kitchen table suddenly became a classroom. You know, I was sitting at a table in the kitchen, and my 10-year-old was in class, holding zoom meetings, team meetings, so it made everyone do it. It also revealed some issues, not all children have access to tablets and high-speed Internet, but again, it showed how schools responded fantastically to the challenge and gave these resources to those who did not have access, allowing them to study anywhere as well as learn outside the usual school day from 9-3 p.m.

Some of the consequences of this will take time to manifest, another conversation I’ve had about the wellness side is that teachers are used to solving some of these problems, but parents may not be, so again, it really emphasizes skills and a lot of work is done by our teachers in matters of social and emotional learning of their students.

Of course, there is evidence of missed classes and what needs to happen, and the damage that can be done to students ’learning potential, and much of that work is now. But I think my key message is that let’s not just look at the downside.

4. Are there any technologies to deal with the problem of isolated learning?

Peter: Being able to meet other people online in the classroom or lecture hall is something we’ll see come out of the edtech world. Kids are used to playing in a variety of play environments in an exciting environment, and modern technology allows this to happen. Leading edtech companies will strive to develop such a virtual world. This will also address the inability to have multiple conversations simultaneously virtually or in parallel group sessions. All this will be possible in the near future.

5. Did the pandemic catalyze the direction in which education was moving?

Peter: I think it really served as a catalyst because schools closed at night and every child was at home, so it certainly was an amplifier of how EdTech was already operating, allowing students to learn in an environment that was not only in the four walls of a school or university.

6. Do you think you will ever replace a remote class?

Peter: Personally, I don’t think so. I think there will always be a mix, a hybrid of learning spaces. I think it can improve the classroom and change the shape of the school day. I also think it could lead to the fact that education can be not only a 9-3 lesson or not just for people aged 0 to 18, but also stimulate lifelong learning.

We probably need to reconsider what we think of the classroom. Many of us will think of the classroom as something from a Charles Dickens novel where children sit in rows in front of a teacher. I think it will help redefine the classroom, and the class will change in the future. This may include multiple large format displays and a much more exciting experience compared to what students have now.

If you’ve ever read Seymour Papet’s “Baby Car,” you’ll know what I’m going to say. He says teachers from the time of Charles Dickens, from Victorian times, would be able to recognize a modern classroom, while a doctor would not be able to recognize a modern day hospital because technology was more widely accepted in medicine and health than education. The pandemic will encourage edtech adoption and allow classes to look very different, there will always be a blend of distance learning, but there will always be a central place, like the current hybrid workplace where office workers have the choice to either work from home or go to the office.

7. What can we take / learn from the pandemic learning experience?

Peter: We need to make sure we’re prepared, and of course when I think about the schools I work with, the ones that already had a vision of technology in their classrooms did better because they already had the right things in the right place . So I think senior school and district leaders need to have a plan and vision of what edtech looks like. If this is not the case at school, they need to work on it, and they need to create a team to help review this and implement an edtech strategy to ensure continuity of learning in the event of another COVID-19 pandemic. the future.

Top management needs to invest in edtech solutions, they need to see their value and adopt the experience we have gone through. I think we should end by saying that we learned how brilliant our teachers are, they dropped everything and started working differently, so we also learned that edtech can be accepted, and companies like us at ViewSonic should be a critical friend for schools to support adoption. It’s a joint venture between industry, schools and academia, and we all need to work together, so I think we’ll see one thing that long-term relationships start to develop. Another thing is that schools must carefully choose their technology partners, because investing in edtech is not a one-time investment, it is a long-term strategic change. Schools should not just look at who has the cheapest equipment, they should look at common solutions and choose a partner they can trust, with whom they can work. At ViewSonic we are very interested in delivering holistic edtech solutions and we have learned that building long-term relationships with the school and working side by side with the school is very important.

Finally, we learned that teachers and students are adapting to the new way of working.

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