With the return of face-to-face classrooms, Chile’s classrooms saw less use of technical tools to support learning and teacher management, according to experts at the Santilana Group. The situation is repeated in other countries in the southern cone of the Americas, such as Peru, Argentina and Bolivia, but is different from what occurs in OECD countries, where this shock was not considered.
The academics said that the new platforms can play an important role as a complement to the teaching processes. Even more so in a complex context: a recent report by UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank projected that the pandemic would push schooling levels back in Latin America by ten years.
“What we saw is that there was a setback in the use of technology tools. On the one hand, it is understandable that teachers return to a safe place of pencil and paper, as virtual classrooms were not very conducive to them and work. more hours and in difficult conditions”, said Fernando Valenzuela, coordinator of the plenary, an assessment tool designed by the Santilana publishing house.
“But, on the other hand, it shows that the education system in Latin America is still traditional and not adapted to the advancement of technology and the digital transformation of society. Very few schools are using tools such as virtual classrooms in cases of preventive quarantine , and most documents are being worked out on paper, with the more traditional method.
Plano de Santilana, created eight years ago, is a tool for online use, which is accessed by teachers and students and where tests and assessments are found by core areas: mathematics, language and communication, history and the natural sciences. Among its advantages, it provides teachers with a bank of questions to measure, which allows them to reduce the workload.
In 2021, as a result of health restrictions and virtualization of classes, Chile saw a 37% increase in full users and a 153% increase in the number of assessments. Apart from the possibility to be used completely in digital format, it provides better academic management at the time of correction and analysis of exam results.
SayAccording to World Bank data, approximately 170 million Latin American and Caribbean students received only 50% of the face-to-face classes they would have received since the announcement. Epidemic By the first semester of 2021. 70% students from 10. untilChildren are in learning poverty and cannot read and understand a simple text.
In this context, Valenzuela suggested that new platforms could be an important complement to streamlining and streamlining learning processes, in addition to reducing teachers’ workloads. He said that in case of students, being digital natives, there are great opportunities to smooth change, but schools also need to encourage their teams to use new tools to their advantage, They said.
“It will support tasks such as teacher assignments and assessment processes, make them more automated and allow teachers to use their skills to do what is really important: contributing to student learning and school projects. Technology is a complement , is a means to fulfill the educational objectives and not an end in itself”, stressed the full coordinator of Chile.
Santilana Publishing Group supports approximately three million students in the world, and its main focus is on private private schools in Chile, where about 60% of them make use of some of its innovations. In recent years, the firm has consolidated a complementary educational offering to physical school textbooks, with digital applications accessible from a variety of devices as part of a broader digital ecosystem.