Education Is Changing, and It’s Time for Parents to Embrace the Change

Israel’s education system is similar to the States. Students go from primary to middle school and then secondary education before considering tertiary education. But as we’re seeing in the United States, connectivity over smartphones and the Internet have caused a major shift in the education system in the States.

We’re seeing coaches text students in groups telling them that practice is cancelled.

Students are logging into online platforms where they can check their grades, important dates and can even ask their teachers questions.

The way that students connect with teachers and their school work is changing the way that students stay connected, but what about education? Well we’ve been able to see that there is a rise in students searching for education-related questions online.

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The easy access to information is something that a lot of older generations wish that they had growing up. Kids are able to find information in seconds – no long lines in the library. There are also online courses that are helping students with MOOC options.

Looking for non-traditional courses? Join workshops on Plantoost, learn programming through interactive courses or even connect with teachers from across the world.

Tel Aviv University is offering online courses, many free, that allow anyone from anywhere in the world to learn at their own pace.

We’re also seeing platforms that offer artificial intelligence tutors. Platforms are coming to life, teaching students using algorithms that change and adapt to provide the most effective training at each moment.

And it’s these platforms which will be the future of learning as they evolve.

Imagine a classroom, even if it’s an online platform, that will evolve with you and grow. The platform will start to adapt as it understands how you learn so that you learn better and more effectively than before.

This is going to be the way of future education.

But for right now, we’re seeing technology start to offer online programs so that pupils can learn from home. Supplementary material is available, and there are teachers that are making themselves available to students at all times. This provides a community among students and teachers.

As a parent, I feared that online classes may not be the best way for students to learn. I imagine students turning on their phone and not being able to concentrate on their online work when given the option to do their school work online.

MIT has helped ease many of these fears with researchers conducting a study that show online courses really do work. The quantitative study shows that, in some cases, the amount of material learned was higher in online courses than traditional courses.

Even those that entered online classes as the “least prepared” seemed to learn as well as everyone else in the class.

The study, which spanned 65 MIT classes, shows that students can learn effectively online. Results were amplified when students met in small groups that interacted often. Constructive engagement allowed the students to retain more information.

So, we now have a new generation of students starting to enter schools, and it’s up to us parents to understand that even if the student is learning through an online class, they’re able to receive an education that is well-rounded.

About the Author
 Jacob Maslow is passionate about writing and has started numerous blogs and news sites. Jacob is originally from Brooklyn. He packed up his five children and made Aliyah in 2014. Jacob's experience and varied interests lend themselves to a diverse palette of topics ranging from technology, marketing, politics, social media, ethics, current affairs, family matters and more. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys being an active member of social media including groups on Facebook and taking in the latest movies. 
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