Devices on the rise

There was a time when screen time was to be restricted. Its effect on the eyes and sedentary lifestyle were highlighted. But today in this Pandemic-stuck world, all eyes on the device.

I particularly draw attention to the online classes. The new norm, that earlier belonged to the countries where our cousins lived, is now catching up and the lingua has changed. Don’t make noise, my class has begun. Ma… don’t run the mixer, Pa… reduce the volume of the TV, etc..

Students (ok some students ) are loving it, it gives them a chance to officially be with their friends, while others dread the assignments as it comes officially as an email. Some turn off the video and continue playing games on the other tab, some religiously take down notes. All in all, school is on. With school being on, things seem normal at home. Children wake up early, that is the first advantage. Parents too wake up early! Some children are learning how to use the laptop or computer better, many use Mom’s phone.

This is the case in most schools, what about the teachers? Are they ready? Well, the teachers who are tech savvy can do it. The others are learning.

Now for the big question?

  1. Do all the students who attend regular school have a device at home that can facilitate online education
  2. Do those student have good internet connectivity.

The number of internet users in India is 34.8% according the live stats website. I believe that if one member of the family uses internet, the next year or even sooner, the second member would start using it. So this percentage would be of a particular strata of the society. I hope that a large part of the 34.8% are parents who have school going children.

https://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/india/

With this percentage, online classes are recommended. What about the students who don’t have access, or access with less connectivity? Again the less fortunate are at a loss. Let us be fair and not pressurise them. Let’s make practical changes, extend the commencement date of the new academic year, let us reduce portions and let everyone get equal opportunity without attending online classes.

Apart from online sessions, one has to observe that the virus has struck India close to the summer vacation, so schools can afford the break and brainstorm about what’s next. I an sure parents would understand.

Coming to my next thought. Would children learn through devices? I say Yes, children would learn, they are eager and enthusiastic. They are watching what’s happening, their second home is school. If you bring the school to them, they would be the happiest. Keeping the present scenario, this is the best option. Once things get back to normal, schools can look at a four day campus and one day online session. The can play with the numbers. Three day campus and two day online too works. With the pollution and traffic on the rise, let us take certain long pending decisions on global warming.

To my surprise, many students who are listed as the fortunate ones, whose internet connectivity is good, have non-working devices at home which must be dealt with once the lockdown concludes. Keep devices in working condition. Keep buying headphones, branded reparable devices and chargers. They will always be handy.

I just learnt that the books on my computer can be transferred to my Kindle. Thank you to the person who taught me how to do that. Very helpful when my laptop is charging after a long day but I need to work, I let it rest and I continue my work with my kindle. So learn to juggle between devices.

In conclusion, I would say moderation is the best option. Let children have an afternoon nap during the lockdown the day they have online sessions. Their eyes need rest. Increase Vitamin A in the diet along with Immunity-boosting foods to stay healthy. During non-online session days, let them just be.

I leave you with this quote from Wess Stafford in the April edition of #CauseAChatter by Blogchatter

“Children are more than we think they are: they can do more than we think they can do. All they need is a vote of confidence from grownups, whom they will ultimately replace anyway. Their dream of today will become the realities of tomorrow”

#Day 13

#Day 13 is 06/04/2020, Monday. The news that I want to share today is from a modelling by the University of Sydney which says that the prevlaence of Covid-19 in Australia could peak in mid-April and new cases reduce almost zero in July. It also adds that widespread testing to testing asymptomatic cases, a firm hold on Social distancing is required for the predicted exit strategy.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/06/coronavirus-australia-latest-6-april-at-a-glance

Another input is from the animal kingdom. A tiger in the New York Zoo has contracted the virus.

inhttps://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/coronavirus-cases-in-india-live-news-latest-updates-april6/liveblog/75000925.cms

Central Zoo Authority advises Zoos in the country to remain on highest alert after a Tiger tests positive in New York. The last thing expected.

In Los Angeles residents can now apply for coronavirus testing. Earlier there were limits that patients over 65, having underlying medical conditions or have a weakened immune system could apply. Good news.

https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-04-06-20/index.html

The pandemic is getting serious and India’s positive cases has crossed the 4000 mark. Dont’have anything to say. Just want to pray. On the home front, the lamp activity had brought in excitement that I miss it today. We are just here doing our daily tasks, interacting with the same people.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/breaking-news-live-updates-coronavirus-india-lockdown-covid-19-world-news-us-new-york-1663711-2020-04-06

#Day 12

Day 12 is 05/04/2020, Sunday. India’s death toll is still under 100, which is a very good news. Maharastra has called for additional manpower to enfore lockdown to maintain law and order in the state.

In India, for the first time throwing light in the demography of the disease in India, The Union Health Ministry said that 29% of those affected were in the 20-44 age group and 32% were above 80.

We see a gradual timing change being enforced with respect to shops selling essential commodities. They are fixing timings, not letting the shops being at risk the whole day or tiring them out.

India is looking forward to 9 P.M, where they would get to see their neighbours, step into their balconies with candles, lamps or mobile torchelight, to show their solidarity in the fight against coronavirus. I lighted 2 lamps and it was a breathtaking moment when the city plunged into a silent fight for a common cause. My Indian friend in Indonesia too lit up lamps showing solidarity. Looking at images of my friends, relatives and collegues doing the same did instill within me strength to go on with this lockdown and do whatever it takes to overcome this terrible virus.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/coronavirus-india-updates-covid-19-cases-rise-to-3374-death-toll-at-77 https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-coronavirus-lockdown-april-5-2020-live-updates/article31261346.ece