Who is more Superior-Teacher, God or Online Apps

गुरू गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागूं पांय।
बलिहारी गुरू अपने गोविन्द दियो बताय।

गुरू और गोबिंद (भगवान) एक साथ खड़े हों तो किसे प्रणाम करना चाहिए – गुरू को अथवा गोबिन्द को? ऐसी स्थिति में गुरू के श्रीचरणों में शीश झुकाना उत्तम है जिनके कृपा रूपी प्रसाद से गोविन्द का दर्शन करने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ।

Guru or Teacher happy teachers day

A teacher plays a pivotal role in shaping society. We have been raised up in country where Eklavya, donated his right hand thumb to guru Dronacharya in guru dakshina, inspite of knowing the fact that he would not be able to do archery thereafter.

Just a thought! In India , where Teachers have been revered since ages, given position equivalent to God, can online educational apps replace them or are they undermining the importance of classroom teaching. Credibility of e-learning becomes more questionable because universities are offering more and more of their courses online.

Is Google can be considered “Teacher”?

Thankfully, in my childhood, Google was not an answer to all our queries. We would look to our teachers and elders to solve our puzzles.Those skills become largely insignificant if all you have to do is look at Google search bar for your answer. Type in your question and there is your solution with a full explanation included. Creativity is succumbed to death when everything so readily available. There was a time, when our classmates who took tuition, would shy to share it with anyone! Reason : Fear of mockery by other friends. Traditionally, education was being passed orally, latter information was passed through manuscripts and now Online learning has become a new norm. Time changes!

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Are Online Learning Apps Beneficial?

Online learning apps are good, after all  digitization has taken core place in our lives, so why not education? But, what they lack is human to human interaction and communication, the best way kids learn things. Kids have access to their syllabus any day, any time at just a mouse click away through these apps. But, there was a time also,when education was given by revered sages after acquiring deep knowledge,  students would leave there homes to reside and learn with there Gurus in forests, way faraway from there parents.

We are not against taking help from any source. When it comes to learning and gaining grades, every student do ample things. Ever increasing competition, no parent wants to leave any stone unturned.

Classrooms vs Online Apps for Learning Purpose

These Apps claim to help a kid for better understanding the basic concepts of any chapter of mathematics, science ( physics, chemistry, biology). But, again it provides your kid one more reason to stick to glary screens, fatiguing their eyes, bodies and taxing your  pocket too. A kid needs to have intense requirement for self-discipline and self-direction. Your kid may get too involved in an education app and lose interest in the classroom lesson.

Education is not only about cramming books, taking exams, getting good grades, its purpose is to develop life skills and inculcating moral values into one’s behavior.

An app is not meant to replace the regular curriculum but an over-reliance on education technology poses a threat to an teacher’s teaching. School administration and teachers should be encouraged to learn worth of enhancing teaching skills from these apps. Not as substitute but supplementary to class room teaching, apps can be a holistic approach. It is good if teachers can too enhance and upgrade there teaching skills by inclusion of these apps in curriculum.

A Machine can never be wrong, fault lies with the user. Children must be taught to use technology responsibly. Parents should set limits for use and implement privacy restrictions. Be vigilant about the content your kid is surfing.
If used responsibly, education apps can be a powerful tool to improve the education of our youth. Also, Apps can act as built-in lessons and aid a teacher in tracking a student’s progress without over saturating the classroom environment.

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