The shift to distant learning in Armenia was as shocking as in many other countries during COVID-19 breakdown. The main platform that was recommended by the Ministry of Education of Armenia to provide all types of education was Zoom. Learners were lacking social communication with peers and this is what made them become slightly indifferent to the classes. While teachers had to put more efforts and adapt to a completely new educational environment.
For 15-year-old Gyulnara Gareginyan, it was really tough to stay at home for such a long period of time that’s why she dreams about real classes to come back from September.
Schoolchildren believe that online classes affected their motivation more negatively rather than positively. One of the main arguments they bring about motivation loss is that there were problems with internet connection which was caused because of the huge number of users. “As the connection would fail, all the children would quit the meeting in Zoom”, Artashes Hakobyan (15) says. Another classmate Levon Margaryan (15) says that he himself was not taking it serious because he had thought it wouldn’t bring any positive results. In addition, Gareginyan mentions that in case they have to continue online classes from September, it would be better to be taught by specialists who have enough technical skills to use Zoom. Although they think that attending classes from home and having a chance to spend breaks with the family was a benefit. Another positive side was that distance learning helped them stay safe from the pandemic and they were feeling protected.
During a short discussion with schoolchildren who are going to high school in Autumn 2020 several questions were discussed about the new educational platform and its related themes.