Ideas for The Future: Expect E- Learning Episode 1

50% of conversations we are having are now focused on what will be the new norm, how we will have to live, work and play?
Startup ideas will born by coming up with innovative solutions to the problems of the new norm – what do we want or need.

Ideas of The Future Blog Series is taking some these thoughts of the new norm and exploring them further as startups

Expect E- Learning
With the move to “home schooling” as parents juggle work, life at home as well as education there has been a focus on e – learning.

Most schools have challenged their teachers to come up with materials that can be shared online with children. As a parent of primary aged children, the focus seems to be on continued reading, writing and spelling – the 3 core skills.

This has provided opportunity for teachers to try new technology, we are now users of Microsoft Teams to get access to materials. There is a Literacy and Numeracy channel with options for those who may struggle as well as options for those who want extended learning.

There are worksheets which can be done online or printed out. And supposedly this material is meant to be engaging with minimal continued parental input – this is for the older children in the household to be fair.

We have also been sent a range of online links and resources to tap into – some are free and some have free trials. It’s hard to keep track of what we have subscribed to and it’s on the to do list to check we won’t get charged for something we won’t use.

The pros of E – Learning is that it offers a different way to learn, its more interactive, its more colourful, its focused on a subject so each child can work on something they like or alternatively something they need to skill up on.

The cons of E – Learning are that it’s mostly on screen. We’ve printed some work off on paper, but the challenge is keeping the children engaged on the task and not drifting off onto games or YouTube.

E – Learning certainly has it’s place in the future. If we understand each child needs the basic foundations of reading, writing and spelling then to extend knowledge, further e – learning helps them to learn more about the things they like.
This will increase their knowledge in their niche and can lead to them being experts in their field and then into jobs where they will be the expert.

The community element is key, children like to use resources their friends are using to they have something in common. The adults like it too so that they feel their child is getting similar education to their piers.

There are plenty of e Learning platforms available. For example Komodo are seeing a real increase in demand for their services

The questions is will we expect e – learning in the future? How would we combine e – learning with tradition homework?

If a startup was to consider this space, it would need to be
– Accessible
– Have a community
– Cover key subjects
– Be Interactive and Fun
– Clearly linked to the curriculum

And how would any new entry into this crowded space differentiate itself to be a market leader.
Does the challenge sit with the established e – learning platforms to be better?
Can new technologies be added such as matching teacher video conferencing with e – learning?
Is there room to compete against Google Classroom?

E learning will be expected, the challenge is how?