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Online learning using 5G, digital tools could improve education for children everywhere beyond COVID-19: Fmr Education Minister LEE Ju-ho Updated: 2020-04-08 13:26:19 KST

A day before classrooms go online in South Korea, education officials are making sure virtual learning will be smooth-sailing for thousands of middle and high school seniors.
On Wednesday, Education Minister Yoon Eun-hye visited EBS, Korea's education broadcaster, to ensure the platform that facilitates online lectures is ready.
This comes amid concerns over reports of unstable connections and the quality of online classes.
However, South Korea's former Minister of Education Lee Ju-ho says it's also a chance for Korea to initiate blended education, which combines online and offline learning.

"Adaptive online learning software can help students to have personalized learning experience to remember and understand knowledge. These High Tech tools can reduce the burden of teachers and enable them to provide individual High Touch attention to each student focusing on active learning and higher-order skills."

The former minister says countries like South Korea could leverage digital tools and infrastructure.

"Korea is the first country to introduce 5G Network and with world-class smartphone producers. However, according to OECD PISA, Korea showed the lowest level of use of computer in classrooms, indicating very weak partnerships between EdTech and ICT companies and schools. Strengthening public-private partnership is the key strategy of building innovation ecosystem in education."

Cutting-edge solutions in education would also widen access to quality content for students from lower income brackets who can't afford private tutoring.
The education ministry is lending devices including laptops, tablet PCs and smartphones to students in the lower 50 percent income bracket to facilitate online learning.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.
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