Effect of CORONA Virus on Education System
| Marina Turashvili - 17 Feb 2022

In December 2019, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, occurred in China and has spread rapidly across the globe within a few months. This pandemic has created a massive disruption of the educational systems, affecting over 1.5 billion students. It has forced the government to cancel national examinations and the schools to temporarily close, cease face-to-face instruction, and strictly observe physical distancing. These events have sparked the digital transformation of higher education and challenged its ability to respond promptly and effectively. Schools adopted relevant technologies, prepared learning and staff resources, set systems and infrastructure, established new teaching protocols, and adjusted their curricula...
 Schools and other learning spaces were forced to migrate to fully online learning as the world continues the battle to control the vicious spread of the virus. Online learning refers to a learning environment that uses the Internet and other technological devices and tools for synchronous and asynchronous instructional delivery and management of academic programs. Synchronous online learning involves real-time interactions between the teacher and the students, while asynchronous online learning occurs without a strict schedule for different students. Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, online learning has taken the status of interim remote teaching that serves as a response to an exigency. However, the migration to a new learning space has faced several major concerns relating to policy, pedagogy, logistics, socioeconomic factors, technology, and psychosocial factors. Concerning policies, government education agencies and schools scrambled to create fool-proof policies on governance structure, teacher management, and student management. Teachers, who were used to conventional teaching delivery, we’re also obliged to embrace technology despite their lack of technological literacy. To address this problem, online learning webinars and peer support systems were launched. On the part of the students, dropout rates increased due to economic, psychological, and academic reasons. Academically, although students can learn anything online, learning may perhaps be less than optimal, especially in courses that require face-to-face contact and direct interactions. It was very stressful for students. Covid-19 itself, in general, was something unfamiliar and terrifying. People were afraid of it and its consequences. Besides people lose their jobs, could not hang out, celebrate holidays or just go out with friends. However, the transition was smooth for some schools but rough for others, particularly those from developing countries with limited infrastructure Therefore, students had to be at home and attend online lessons. Some of them could involve in them, but some of them could not. We live in a remote area and the network there has a very low connection. Some networks are too expensive. Besides some families have more than 3 or 4 children and they could not afford to provide all of them with devices for online classes. So, for us, teachers online studying was something challenging. But we are teachers, people for whom nothing is impossible. Who can change people’s lives and make important changes in their personalities? We tried many ways to connect to our students using a variety of many platforms. Creating a productive online learning environment starts with the right educational tools. While you probably have certain educational materials in mind (ebooks, PDF files, etc), you may not have considered some of the important tools you’ll need to communicate effectively with your students. Thus, the first step is to find the right tools for your virtual classroom. Though you want to command respect in your virtual classroom, you also want to keep your students engaged. Every student has a different learning style, so you may need to find new ways to make your classroom a fun place to learn. For example, if you’re working with younger students, try to find games that complement your lesson. This way, you’re less likely to have trouble keeping all eyes on you.
 Even if you teach older students, you still need to make your lessons interesting and find creative ways to teach online. Students in higher education may be fine with an hour-long lecture, but high school (or younger) students will likely get bored and lose focus. So, try to split each lesson into parts, with activities that necessitate participation and active student engagement throughout.
 Additionally, educators have to remember that even good students lose focus from time to time. Many students lose focus not because they’re bored, but simply because the format is not conducive to their learning style. If a student zones out for a while, live notes can help them catch up on material that they missed. Providing both audios with live text transcriptions also helps students stay on task, especially if they learn better by reading than listening.
Students may have a tougher time adjusting to a virtual classroom than many online instructors realize. When a student is learning from home, they may be more inclined to zone out or engage in activities unrelated to classwork. So, one way to avoid this problem is to recreate the physical classroom in the virtual sphere.
 Some video conferencing tools like Zoom allow you to choose a custom background. However, it can be beneficial to set up a professional background with a whiteboard, books, and similar objects that signify an educational environment. You’d be surprised how effective visual cues can be, especially for younger students who are more likely to feel lost.
 One benefit of online classrooms (as opposed to traditional classrooms) is that you can record and transcribe your classes with platforms like Otter.ai. This makes it easier for students who miss class to catch up and students who attend class to engage with activities, knowing that they will have access to notes afterward.
 Otter.ai makes it easy for students and teachers to quickly share notes and even make edits to the transcription in real-time. Otter Live Notes also helps students with different learning styles, as students can scroll back through the transcript at their leisure and absorb information via written notes (as opposed to learning via audio only). Finally, Otter.ai live transcriptions allow students with hearing issues to keep up with lessons at the same pace as everyone else. In short, Otter.ai is a vital tool for online instructors and students with a wide range of needs.
 When you’re physically separated from your students, they may feel like you’re less accessible than usual. This is technically true, as your students cannot simply approach you to discuss a problem or ask for feedback in person. As a result, you need to work even harder to provide regular, consistent feedback that is constructive.
 The tools and resources for teaching online like Slack, Otter.ai, and Blackboard will give you a way to provide feedback, but they won’t do the work for you. So, you will need to provide feedback regularly. Additionally, you must make sure that your students know when and how to access grades, comments, and any other feedback you provide.
Online learning and teaching might seem complicated, but they are much simpler when you use the right tools and online teaching strategies. By focusing on the needs of your students and preparing your materials well in advance, you’ll ensure that your virtual classroom remains just as rewarding as it was before COVID-19. This way, you can teach with confidence and provide a high-quality, productive student learning environment.
 When you’re physically separated from your students, they may feel like you’re less accessible than usual. This is technically true, as your students cannot simply approach you to discuss a problem or ask for feedback in person. As a result, you need to work even harder to provide regular, consistent feedback that is constructive.
 The tools and resources for teaching online like Slack, Otter.ai, and Blackboard will give you a way to provide feedback, but they won’t do the work for you. So, you will need to provide feedback regularly. Additionally, you must make sure that your students know when and how to access grades, comments, and any other feedback you provide.
  You can even use mobile phones to contact them individually. You have to do your best to help students not only in studying but in the physiological side too. As for me, I  had conversations with them, explained how to prevent the virus or how to deal with it. Eventually, we could organize our teaching activities so, that every student was involved in it
 Online learning and teaching might seem complicated, but they are much simpler when you use the right tools and  online teaching strategies. By focusing on the needs of your students and preparing your materials well in advance, you’ll ensure that your virtual classroom remains just as rewarding as it was before COVID-19. This way, you can teach with confidence and provide a high-quality, productive student learning environment.    I think when you are a teacher, you have to treat humans’ souls, as doctors treat humans’ bodies. So our role is very important and very responsible. The future is in our hands.

Hello everyone! My name is Marina Turashvili. I am from Georgia. I was born in Kakheti, district Gurjaani, village Velistsikhe. I studied at Velistsikhe Public School. After school, I successfully graduated from the branch of Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Sighnaghi, with the academic degree of bachelor of philology of Georgian and English languages. During studying I had many certificates. After graduating the University, I started a job in a company named, EELCO’’.Then I worked as a translator in LTD, Hot”. There I got a certificate from that LTD for the following computer skills: Windows XP, Word XP. Then I moved to Imereti and started a job as an English Teacher at first in village Tskalaporeti, in Tskalaporeti  Publis School, and then in Vardzia Public School. Since then I have been studying there. I have 11 years of experience as an English teacher. During these years, I have passed the exams organized by LEPL National Centre for teacher professional development and at first, I had got a degree of, senior teacher”, and later the degree of, leader teacher”. I completed the training, English Education in Service Training” and, project Design and management workshop” organized by Peace Corps of Georgia”. I had attended training organized by Macmillan Education, Teaching English with English World”. I  am involved in the Georgian National intellect Championship, Etaloni” as an Etaloni teacher. I have received a diploma for the best organizing and involving students in it. Also, I have got the certificate from the Intel Teach program Essential Course as I have attended the training course, Teaching by Projects and Integrate Informational-communication Technologies. Also, I am a member of the Online Teacher Community- Georgia “organized by the British Council. I attend their pieces of training and get certificates. I took part in the competition, the Global Creative women Award” organized by Global Trainer Academy. I won a silver medal from it. Now I also attend pieces of training organized by, Positive Thoughts-Hub of Speakers, Trainers, Coaches, and Consultants”. I have got many certificates from it too. Therefore,  I am registered in several other pieces of training. I try to do my best and help students, other teachers, and the whole community if I see they need my help. I love my profession and I am glad to be an English teacher.
  


 



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