EdTech: A new standard of learning
When we talk about the induction of technology in education, the foremost change that has been brought about in the learning landscape is that it’s now easier than ever to reach and cater to the educational needs of an increased number of students. As remote learning became the new normal, the biggest challenge for institutions and teachers was to teach multiple students simultaneously. While a few relied on third-party applications such as Zoom, the smart ones opted for new EdTech platforms, which did not merely replicate classroom learning but aided the same.
This EdTech breakthrough has led students to complete their collaborative learning cycle. They are now equipped with a variety of entertainment techniques to fully understand the different concepts, and the same has been allowed for the full use and integration of Machine Learning and Intelligence.
EdTech platforms have equalized standards in education, making knowledge and learning accessible for all, eventually leading to the democratization of education. The smart interactive live classes help millions of students to study from the comfort of their homes so that their learning cycle is not disrupted.
The EdTech Impact
EdTech is not just about reformatting books and training manuals, or even about the various technologies themselves. Rather, it is more about applying digital technology to deliver a new form of learning architecture.
This new learning architecture will harness the social reach of the internet; deliver personalized learning and training that can adjust to an individual’s learning requirements, and analyze big data to understand the most effective ways for learners to progress.
By fulfilling needs and more, EdTech has the power to create efficiencies by taking some of the workloads of teachers; cutting costs; increasing student engagement, and improving students’ digital literacy, to name a few. It could also change the future of how education is resourced, taught, consumed, and the results that it can then yield.
What is EdTech?
Edtech, a portmanteau of the phrase “education technology,” is the combination of IT tools and educational practices aimed at facilitating and enhancing learning. Today’s classrooms have moved beyond the clunky desktop computers that were once the norm and are now tech-infused with tablets, interactive online courses, and even robots that can take notes and record lectures for students who are ill.
This influx of edtech tools are changing classrooms in a variety of ways: edtech robots are making it easy for students to stay engaged through fun forms of learning; IoT devices are being hailed for their ability to create digital classrooms for students, whether they’re physically in school, on the bus or at home; even machine learning and blockchain tools are assisting teachers with grading tests and holding students accountable for homework.
How Does Edtech Help Students?
An influx of technology is opening up new avenues of learning for students of all ages, while also promoting collaboration and inclusivity in the classroom.
- Increased Collaboration: Cloud-enabled tools and tablets are fostering collaboration in the classroom. Tablets loaded with learning games and online lessons give children the tools to solve problems together. Meanwhile, cloud-based apps let students upload their homework and digitally converse with one another about their thought processes and for any help they may need.
- 24/7 Access to Learning: IoT devices are making it easier for students to have full access to the classroom in a digital environment. Whether they’re at school, on the bus, or at home, connected devices are giving students Wi-Fi and cloud access to complete work at their own pace (and on their schedules) without being hampered by the restriction of needing to be present in a physical classroom.
- “Flipping” the Classroom: Edtech tools are flipping the traditional notion of classrooms and education. Traditionally, students have to listen to lectures or read in class then work on projects and homework at home. With video lectures and learning apps, students can now watch lessons at home at their own pace, using class time to collaboratively work on projects as a group. This type of learning style helps foster self-learning, creativity, and a sense of collaboration among students.
The driving forces behind the rise of EdTech in the wake of the pandemic have been sophisticated technology, a competitive workforce, and a thriving consumer base, which collectively constitute the learning landscape. By virtually reaching almost every child around the world through smart online classes and live simulation lessons, EdTechs have emerged as an entity that connects us all. Technology might have touched every aspect and component of the economy, but one sector where it has altered the landscape is education.
EdTech is making children think more about ‘why and how, rather than just mugging up the school notes. As mentioned earlier, it’s not about replicating classroom teaching, rather aiding the learning with the help of AI and ML. Such platforms have brought about a paradigm shift in the students’ temperament, as they are increasingly focusing on getting concepts in place.
– Amrin Ahmed