Education Technology, or EdTech as it is sometimes called, has the potential to radically improve the depth and reach of global education dissemination. While it may seem that technology has already taken over the world of education, the truth is that it has only begun. This is especially true for countries like India, where disparate and dispersed geographies have long since posed a challenge to educators. EdTech can bypass the challenges of geography, to take quality education to every part of the country. Here are some of the key changed that we can hope to see EdTech make, in the coming years.
A shift from standardized learning to adaptive
As each student learns at a different pace and has a different aptitude for each subject, they all have a different set of learning requirements. Educators are well aware of this fact and have been for quite some time now. However, broadly, speaking, educators do not have the time or resources to create individual learning modules for each student. This means that all students must, make do with the same training, no matter how well or poorly it fits their needs. Advanced EdTech solutions, however, have the capacity to analyze each student’s response to the training and then tailor it to meet their individual needs.
A greater utilization of videos
One of the most basic elements of EdTech is its utilization of video lectures. While it is not uncommon to find such resources being utilized, today, we shall soon see their formal inclusion into the curriculums of countless institutions. This will include institutions devoted to higher, advanced and even specialized education. The world’s greatest specialists will record video content that will help students, across the world, for many years. Classroom teachers will then answer queries and help their students understand the takeaways of the videos. Many institutions, throughout the world, have already begun to notice the efficiency and efficacy of this model.
A greater focus on core work
EdTech solutions have already, greatly, reduced the time that educators need to spend on errands. It will not be long before all of the routine, day-to-day tasks that educators must deal with will be fully automated. One of the key areas where this can be observed is in grading. Objective grading has long since been automated and with the deployment of AI, designed with the cognitive abilities required, subjective grading will be too. This will free up quite a bit of time for educators to focus on their core tasks.
A focus on analytics-based career decisions
With the proper input, well-designed algorithms can provide a number of useful deductions about an individual’s skills and interests. Such deductions can be used to understand just how well an individual’s skills and interests match their career choices. We shall soon see a very heavy usage of EdTech solutions in career guidance.
An adaptation of collaborative tools
Technology has been seamlessly integrated into the way we socialize. Soon we shall see tools designed to facilitate such education, in the context of education. Such tools will allow students from disparate backgrounds come together to learn from one another.
A merger between the classroom and EdTech
I am not of the opinion that EdTech will replace classrooms. There are many life skills that can only be learned by working with other, directly. In fact, I believe that EdTech will only reach its full potential once it is embraced by the learning institutions.