After two years of uncertainty, one thing we can say with certainty is that a digital revolution is underway in education. Though digital integration was certainly happening in the classroom prior to 2020, the pandemic plunged educators around the world collectively head-first into the online world, as the only means to ensure continued learning for students.
For the many who previously found it challenging enough getting the SMARTboard to work with no hitches - suffice it to say this has been no small feat.
Now, as we begin the school year looking as close to “normal” as we have seen for some time, there is a feeling of relief in the air about leaving online learning behind. This is, of course, understandable - it’s been daunting, hard work. Teachers have been forced away from their students for two years. And learning exclusively online isn’t ideal for anyone.
But it’s so important that we don’t let this crucial turning point slip us by, in favour of the conventional and familiar. The fatigue is real, but sometimes you have to lean into it to overcome it - and the pandemic has only offered a glimpse of just how capable and innovative our teachers are in this space.
We have spent the last two years setting up the infrastructure to engage in a digital revolution, exploring different technologies in the classroom in more depth than ever before.