Technology is rapidly transforming the way students and teachers are adapting to the online model of learning and teaching. Education has now definitely come out of the traditional classroom teaching to more flexible and non-intrusive formats.
In this very year, we have seen a noticeable shift and a positive encouragement towards more and more parents being open to digital learning. The focus of education institutions worldwide has swayed towards continuous learning anytime, anywhere.
Proliferation of laptops, smartphones, tablets and other devices are enabling students like never before to meet the diverse needs of learning, thus allowing them to prepare for future careers in a more realistic way.
Students and teachers both benefit from the upgraded technology-driven online learning. For students, it helps deliver collaborative and personalized learning and thrive in the digital world. For teachers, it helps them monitor students progressing in real-time, get access to student data easily, provide more relevant content and keep them engaged.
How technology is Shaping Education?
The Edtech space in India is growing at lightning speed and the key focus lies with addressing major concerns on how these technologies can shape a child’s perspective, make education accessible irrespective of their skill levels and geographical location.
Technology in education with the right devices in place can help students prepare for technical and career skills better. It allows them to hone their problem-solving and critical thinking skills which is a must in the 21-st century. Organizations across the world are coming together to build a 360⁰ learning approach by creating a safe and robust IT infrastructure that can help educational institutions achieve their vision of transforming learning.
5 technologies that are transforming traditional learning:
1. Immersive Virtual reality and Augmented reality
Virtual reality is connecting students and educators with technology-based educational models that aims to focus on deeper learning. VR technologies are allowing educational institutions to combine physical. digital and biological worlds in an unprecedented way. This allows engagement in areas like engineering, science and technology in newer modern ways. Students can now practice lab skills to complete virtual experiments, visualize scientific concepts that would have been impossible before.
Virtual reality and augmented reality help students comprehend complex concepts of science and bridge gaps. According to a recent study conducted at Beijing shows that students who learned via VR methods scored an average of 93 percent as against students who scored 73 percent via traditional learning.
2. Artificial Intelligence for personalized learning
Artificial intelligence has long been applied in education sector to provide great solutions to the 1:1 tutoring format which has long been overdue. AI has the great potential to transform personalized learning, allowing deviation from conventional classroom learning and brings students closer when tackling challenges.
In many ways, AI is helping educators to redefine ‘engagement’ through real-time data and analytics around student interaction. It also helps to identify learning patterns, allows to predict student behaviour, and give possible outcomes based on the study. Artificial intelligence has also helped the education sector by generating personalized learning plans, providing real-time feedback and assessment and helping teachers to enable extended learning to students beyond the classroom.
3. Adaptive learning through Robotics
Robotics provide a unique platform for students and teachers to learn through one-to-one support, adaptive learning algorithms, and real-time feedback mechanisms within K12 schools. ML-powered robots can adapt itself to the learning styles of students through interactive and game-based methods. Many schools and universities are leveraging this technology to provide a visualization-based and progressive learning environment through virtual simulation settings.
4. Digitization of education through apps/video
Many Edtech companies are collaborating with app-makers to roll out learning through apps. It makes it an easy-to-install, on-the-go platform which can be given easy access via smartphones and logins enabled accordingly. Video-based learning allows for a more visually enhancing experience that results in better retention. During the global pandemic, video was extensively used for collaboration and continued learning. With a steady internet connectivity to either live stream or download to watch it later, digital technologies are making learning accessible to every student situated across the world.
5. Cloud facilitates continuous learning
Cloud has long been helping shift education from physical resources to virtual resources, allowing learners to explore the vast possibilities of innovative education methods. Cloud enables access to resources, brings in agility and cost savings to education institutions while providing scalability and secure data storage. For edtech startups, which are now at the forefront of innovations, cloud has become the de-facto standard of delivery.
Edtech startups in India, such as Impartus, support schools across the country through their virtual classroom model at no cost. Till date it has enabled learning to approximately 530,000 students through 32,000 teachers. That\’s equivalent to 13,000 physical classrooms. Impartus leverages the AWS cloud platform to onboard more than 90 educational institutions including the premier A-leagues institutions like Indian Institute of Technology–Delhi (IIT Delhi), Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS, Pilani), and Narayana Schools, and more to quickly deliver education virtually.
The education system is definitely seeing a time of change. The future of classrooms will be an amalgamation both digital as well as face-to-face learning. To cater to the growing needs, breaking the norm and extending education beyond the classroom is definitely the right way to move forward. Technology is empowering students and teachers at every stage of their journey and promise to cater to the demands even more in the near future.
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