By, Shreevidhya Ravi, Senior Consultant, Learning Links Foundation
As the whole world continues to focus on virtual learning environments, teachers are increasingly becoming our frontline warriors. They have risen to the challenge of looking at education through the lens of opportunity and growth. Ever since COVID-19 took the world by storm, educators have found themselves rising to the occasion and displaying immense adaptability, dedication, and passion to ensure that the pandemic does not hamper the growth of their students.
However, with the boundaries between work and life blurring in the ‘new normal’, educators have increasingly been struggling to strike a balance. By practising digital wellbeing, educators can empower themselves to make meaningful decisions that will add immense value to both their professional and personal lives. Here are the top three reasons educators should inculcate digital wellbeing in their lives:
Digital Wellbeing Promotes Healthy Work-Life Balance
Digital wellbeing creates, nurtures, and reinforces the concept of harnessing mindful breaks and simple tools to ensure that the multiple roles of educators (beyond the realm of a learning space) stay in place without getting enmeshed. Digital wellbeing promotes the idea of self-awareness by measuring the level of interaction with technological devices through a variety of tools and ways. This enables the educators to glimpse into time and energy they spend on various tasks daily, and how much of it can be conserved. This conserved energy can be used to enrich their lives and way of living.
Digital Wellbeing Builds Healthier Classrooms
It is not uncommon to see students engaged in computers or mobile phones, distracted from real-time conversations. This culture of overindulging in technology can originate from cases where family members sit in the same room but use their phones to communicate with each other. Digital wellbeing can play an important part in nudging children towards understanding the value of real, offline conversations, thus supporting educators in nurturing the spirit of human connection and collaboration both inside and outside the classroom!
Digital Wellbeing Promotes a Better Work Ethic
With the increasing use of social media, it is fairly common to observe shorter attention spans and loss of focus, caused by the sheer volume of content available online. With hundreds of apps and websites come thousands of distractions, making it extremely important to balance one’s time and attention. Digital wellbeing equips educators with ways to track their activities, spot any deviations, and work on them mindfully. This enables them to maximize their time and thus strengthen their efficiency.
With increased virtual interactions, constant usage of devices and increased screen time, educators need to think about viable ways to ensure that they don’t experience burnout. The concept of DigiAbhyas plays a very important role here. It empowers them to make decisions that nurture, balance, and sustain a healthy relationship between technology and their lives.