In the wake of the current global pandemic, virtual classrooms have become a necessary part of education. Schools are rapidly shifting to remote learning, and the trend of virtual classrooms is likely to continue even after the pandemic is over.
Virtual classrooms bring a lot of advantages to the table that traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms simply can’t offer. From kindergarten to college, these are some of the pros of using virtual classrooms: • Low teacher turnover rate: With teachers in other parts of the country or world, there is less teacher turnover rates than if they were in local schools. • Reduced commute time for students: Students save time by not having to commute from their home to school everyday. They also spend more time on actual learning because they don’t have to spend time getting ready for school or driving themselves there! • Easier transportation options: There is no need for a bus driver or school buses because each classroom has its own means of transportation, so parents don’t need to transport their kids either!
• Saving resources at schools (especially during this pandemic): Not needing any bricks-and-mortar classrooms saves money on construction costs as well as ongoing maintenance costs like heating/cooling bills and electricity bills. And if schools do need to be closed due to an outbreak, only one location will be affected instead of potentially dozens. The Cons of a Virtual Classroom: As with anything in life, there are some drawbacks when it comes to virtual classrooms too. Here are a few cons:
• No social interactions: Traditional classroom settings allow for much greater interaction between classmates – whether it’s participating in group work or just passing notes back and forth while the teacher isn’t looking! Kids who grow up with only a few human interactions per day will lack social skills which could lead them into problems later on in life. • Can’t take attendance without devices: One issue with taking attendance remotely is that without being able to see each student individually, it would be impossible know who’s present and who’s absent.