New World of Home Schooling

COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning and home schooling, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay. With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the e-Learning platform will reach the standards of an in-class lecture due to the virtual environment and physical absence.

We have seen an immense rise in e-Learning platforms with different features and attributes which facilitates in converting a home atmosphere into a classroom. Schools and parents have done their best to equip themselves and the students with the best e-learning platforms and accessories. And it is worth to mention the efforts of teachers to accustom themselves with an unprecedented and completely different method of teaching. But the question that props up, even with the significant technological advancement to turn your home into a classroom, is the focus and attention level the same?

Online Distractions

Being in a virtual setting has its own disadvantages. Due to the lack of physical presence and being in a home setting, it is very easy to lose focus on the lecture that is going on online. With home-schooling being prevalent amongst most of the households, it is tough to get the young ones to focus completely. Moreover, constant notifications on your phone from social media, games and other apps causes unending interruptions during e-learning.

Top distractions for students include social media, texting, television, and family, which can pull one’s attention away from the task at hand and diminish productivity. Research suggests scanning social media while listening to a lecture, watching a favourite television series while studying, playing online games etc. are few of the many distractions which may cause lack of attention and focus to the online classroom. It is important for all students to maintain a healthy school-life balance, so their responsibilities are not neglected, but online students need a structure to ensure they stay on track to achieve their academic goals.

Today’s young people frequently juggle multiple streams of information and entertainment media while doing schoolwork, a trend that researchers call distracted learning. And while numerous researchers found that simultaneous use of electronic devices has a significant detrimental impact on learning, many students shrug off warnings about the negative consequences because they consider themselves such good multitaskers.

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In a digital learning world where distractions abound, we have a golden opportunity to help our students to be productive and focused without distractions and interruptions getting the best of them. iKydz, with its new feature, ‘iKydz Study Aid’, supports the e-learning platform and helps you create a professional and a high-yielding setting to help students get the best of the online lectures.

With a few clicks, you can create a digital space in which your young ones will have only access to the e-learning platforms and online resources. This means, during the lectures and classwork, all other streams of social media, online gaming, instant messaging, and streaming sites will be unavailable for the students. This helps the students to be a 100% concentrated and stay focused on the lectures and be productive and result-oriented during study time. Since all the academic resources are available online, iKydz Study Aid enables access to the sites whilst staying online and disabling access to any media that can interrupt a students’ focus and attention.

Moreover, this feature can be used as a reward system in which you can allow the youngsters to use social media based on the time put in for online classes and study time. This not only provides a healthy study balance but also inculcates a responsible behaviour in the internet paradigm.

Home is the New Classroom

For an online student, home is the new classroom and home-schooling is the new reality. These distractions may seem nearly impossible to avoid. Social media and texts ping you with notifications, and the temptation to respond can pull at your attention. Home-schooling & e-learning platforms are the new reality of the academic world. It is more than necessary to create a system which accommodates this new reality without worrying about the distractions that the internet causes.

Creating a healthy internet-usage balance plan can help you stay focused by allowing you to see a clear path to knowledge gaining and being tremendously productive. iKydz gives you the platform to create a distraction-free internet space to be focused and concentrated while using the e-learning platform.

With iKydz award-winning internet controls you can:
• Filter content
• Schedule online access
• Block unsuitable websites and apps
• Apply restrictions to YouTube
• Block or manage access to social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat
• Manage access to online games such as Fortnite, Roblox and Minecraft.

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