During the COVID-19 pandemic, classes transitioned online. While a lot of classes made successful transitions, the quality of many career technical education classes was inhibited due to the inability to provide necessary machinery. According to an article in District Administration, concerns have arisen about how lack of proper CTE training will impact students’ college and career readiness and how much the equity gap will increase.
With March’s sudden shift to e-learning due to COVID-19, educators became entirely reliant on ed-tech to teach their students. While there were many bumps with this transition, there also came the reminder to many of the benefits of screens, such as connection and simulation. This, according to District Administration, is causing some to rethink the “engagement” message as ed-tech’s main draw.
When many teachers transitioned to online instruction, they got to know their students in a whole new way. Through video conferencing in lessons and communicating more with students via email and discussion boards, teachers have been able to see beyond the classroom and learn more about their students’ lives and thoughts.
Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.
Technology has become increasingly common in the classroom, to the point where some teachers and students cannot imagine education without it. However, the question of whether the pros of digital device use outweigh the cons has risen to the surface.