[Rushtalk] Homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic could change education forever, says the OECD
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Homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic could change education
forever, says the OECD
Caidence Miller, a 4th grader at Cottage Lake Elementary, works with his
grandmother Chrissy Brackett as they try to figure out how to navigate
the online learning system the Northshore School District will use for
two weeks due to coronavirus concerns, at Brackett's home in
Woodinville, Washington, U.S. March 11, 2020. Brackett is watching
Caidence while Miller's mother works at a Bellevue preschool during the
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* Homeschooling children during the COVID-19 crisis is changing
our approach to education.
* Experts believe the innovations teachers use during the outbreak
may lead to lasting change, with technology playing a bigger
role in schools in the future.
* But advances in e-learning must not leave the educationally
Around the world, schools in over 100 countries are closed to protect
against the spread of coronavirus, affecting the education of nearly 1
billion children. For the lucky ones, homeschooling will take the place
of the classroom.
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In some parts of the world, it will be down to parents to keep their
child's education going as best they can. But digital technologies are
increasingly being used to deliver lessons to children at home.
Until the pandemic closed schools, only a minority of children were
taught at home. In the United States, an estimated 1.7 million children
were homeschooled out of a national school population of 56.6 million.
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The estimated number of home schooled children in the United States
Today, things look very different. Around the world, schools are using
existing platforms from the likes of Microsoft and Google as well as
conferencing apps like Zoom to deliver lessons for their pupils. In the
UK, virtual gym classes delivered by fitness instructor Joe Wicks have
proved extremely popular.
Meanwhile, France has created “Ma classe à la maison” (my classroom at
home), which can be accessed on devices such as a laptop or a
smartphone. It provides four weeks of courses with what the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) describes as “confirmed
The OECD is tracking how technology is replacing face-to-face teaching.
“It is particularly inspiring to see entirely new ways of working
emerging, ones that go beyond simply replacing physical schools with
digital analogues,” says Tracey Burns, of the OECD Directorate for
Education and Skills.
In Japan, private sector companies are offering free online courses to
children in lockdown through a government digital platform which allows
students and parents to choose which one they study.
“As more schools close, we must pay special attention to the most
vulnerable, not just physically, but also academically and
psychologically,” says Burns. “All responses must be designed to avoid
deepening educational and social inequality.
“As systems massively move to e-learning, the digital divide in
connectivity, access to devices and skill levels takes on more weight.”
She says it's too early to say that bricks-and-mortar schools will be
replaced by e-learning anytime soon. But Andreas Schleicher, Director of
Education and Skills at the OECD, sees the crisis as an opportunity to
rethink how we organize education.
He argues schools and teachers should no longer be seen as “knowledge
delivery systems” and that teachers should be empowered to take greater
ownership of what they teach and how they teach it.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
A new strain of Coronavirus, COVID 19, is spreading around the world,
causing deaths and major disruption to the global economy.
Responding to this crisis requires global cooperation among governments,
international organizations and the business community, which is at the
centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International
Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum has created the COVID Action Platform, a global platform to
convene the business community for collective action, protect people’s
livelihoods and facilitate business continuity, and mobilize support for
the COVID-19 response. The platform is created with the support of the
World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry
groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts
to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for
Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing
together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil
society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently
supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the
“I meet many people who say we cannot give teachers and education
leaders greater autonomy because they lack the capacity and expertise to
deliver on it,” added Schleicher. “But those asked only to reheat
pre-cooked hamburgers are unlikely to become master chefs.
“Simply perpetuating our prescriptive approach to teaching will not hold
up in this moment of crisis, which demands from teachers not just to
replicate their lessons in another medium, but to find entirely new
responses to what people learn, how people learn, where people learn and
when they learn.”
Drawing on the results of the OECD’s global teaching survey TALIS, he
says technology should have a much greater role in the classroom.
“Technology cannot just change methods of teaching and learning, it can
also elevate the role of teachers from imparting received knowledge
towards working as co-creators of knowledge,” he says.
Teachers across the world told the survey a shortage of digital
technology in the classroom was hindering learning. Just over half of
teachers were able to let their students use computers for projects or
Only 60% of teachers had received professional development training in
the use of technology and almost 20% said they had an urgent need for
development in this area. But with the coronavirus pandemic giving us a
glimpse of how education could evolve, this could change. Schools may
never be the same again when they reopen after COVID-19.
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