If technology could replace classroom teaching and learning, schools and colleges in various districts would have closed decades ago, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Thursday.
The minister spoke at the Digital India Conclave, where he discussed the impact of technology on education in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Technology is a tool to improve education, it can add value to education, but technology can never replace classroom learning-learning. If that were the case, schools and colleges in technology-leading countries would have closed decades ago and the entire education system would have moved to digital platforms, ”Sisodia said.
“Before COVID-19, the education system traditionally functioned and was slow to master technology. However, COVID-19 forced us to use technology in education. The entire education system had to move to digital platforms. It wasn’t a very good situation, though. we used technology better, ”he added.
Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, said COVID-19 is now under control and the big question for the education system is to what extent technology can be integrated into it.
“Today there is a need to adopt a mixed and hybrid education model that is neither fully traditional nor fully technological, because on the one hand, we teach our children to learn and take advantage of technology, at the same time, we also help them to become socially and emotionally healthy people and responsible citizens, ”he said.
Sisodia argues that technology is an added value to education, not a substitute for it.
“Even if this is done, the whole concept of the school will need to be rethought, because today there are many things such as education, peer learning, one-to-one learning, social-emotional learning, etc. for which technology is not the solution.
“The Delhi government is going to launch virtual schools as an experiment. Their goal is to find out if technology can take the school beyond its physical boundaries, ”he added.