The traditional classroom model has been the poster child of education and learning for several years. But with the adoption of technology, school learning is about to change. Education technology is a global phenomenon whose digital spend is projected to hit $342 billion by 2025. Also, it could emerge as the most profitable digitized sector in the world, at least going by the recent list of billionaires.
As Edtech adoption increases with the scaling of platforms, educators and students should know how to adapt to the trends appropriately. They should also see how technologies will shape future education delivery models and outcomes. To help you understand, let’s look at seven ways Edtech will change school education forever.
1. More People Will Access Education
According to the UN, an estimated 263 million children across the globe aren’t getting full-time education. The reasons behind this statistic include but are not limited to access to an educational facility, lack of proper learning materials and accommodation issues. However, online learning promises to change the situation by providing access to education, even in remote areas.
EdTech will significantly improve access to education through digital textbooks that don’t require transportation and are available 24/7. The use of digital textbooks will enable publishers to produce them cheaply, thereby facilitating large-scale access. Moreover, digital versions of the books can easily be translated into the native languages at a lower cost.
The use of virtual tools will lower the barrier of entry for learners across the globe, making education reachable everywhere. Augmented reality has enabled students to have an exponentially differentiated learning experience that allows everyone to learn.
2. Immersive Education Will Be Adopted
Extended reality (XR) uses augmented, virtual, and mixed reality to move students from the traditional lecture hall to an immersive experience. Simulations of real-world scenarios that enable students to have a firsthand experience of issues characterize this mode of learning. Above all, the technology provides a better understanding of issues and increases retention levels.
For example, Titans of Space is a virtual reality innovator used by teachers to add value to their science classes. It provides a virtual tour of the solar system, enabling students to have a feel of how the place looks. Also, institutions are increasingly using Google Expeditions to guide learners through sites and artifacts using 3D objects and 360° scenes.
Although AR and VR are new concepts in immersive learning, they place the student at the center of the learning experience. They are also likely to be more effective in facilitating distance learning, and this will change school education forever.
Extended reality can support learning through the use of chatbots. These tools can provide lectures via conversational messages and offer a more engaging mode of learning. Eventually, the use of the chatbots will reduce the workload of human educators as their use continues to grow.
3. The Curriculum Will Be Digitized
As a multi-device driven society, access to digital resources has become a prerequisite for learners. Increasingly, students are demanding flexibility and freedom in their studies. The use of interactive digitized curriculums will perfectly meet their expectations while also providing the desired flexibility.
The University of Northampton is an example of an institution that has adopted curriculum digitalization through its “active blended learning” initiative. Essentially, it is an approach that blends sense-making activities with focused student interactions in relevant learning settings.
The model focuses on enhancing face-to-face interactions with supported online learning. Its Waterside campus doesn’t have the large lecture theatres that characterize learning environments in universities. Instead, its curriculum is digitized to offer students a convenient and meaningful learning environment.
4. Personalized Learning Will Go Mainstream
While personalized education isn’t a new phenomenon, Edtech can make its actualization easier. Today’s classrooms consist of students of diverse backgrounds with different needs, creating a demand for a personalized teaching approach.
Using data and analysis, schools will learn more about their students to personalize the learning experience to suit individual needs. Many tools, such as Knewton and Shmoop are already in the market to help teachers get the data that they require. Also, educators will access different tools that will enable them to give students a differentiated learning experience beyond the established curriculum.
5. Mobile Apps Will Be Used For Learning
Higher education is increasingly becoming mobile and virtualized. Rather than fight students to keep away their smartphones, educators can focus on how to use the devices for learning.
Apps present a lot of opportunities for a digitally savvy generation. They should have a small but intuitive interface and bite-sized chapters. If the content is interactive, then learning will be fun and effective.
In recent years, universities are developing Apps to provide an insightful learning and teaching experience for students and faculty, respectively. Meanwhile, some universities have also developed apps that can offer a personalized approach to course recruitment.
For example, The University of Salford has launched the ‘Match Made in Salford’ App that lets potential students select their preferred courses using Tinder-like functionality. In the future, we expect such innovations to be common, changing education forever.
6. Online Assessments Will Be the Norm
Increasingly, technology-centric assessments have become commonplace in educational institutes and are providing adaptive and continuous formative evaluations. These models of testing are customizable, interactive, and secure.
Institutions will have to change the way they test the knowledge, skills, and abilities of students for assessments to remain relevant in a digital world. Online evaluations are applicable because they can be amended with ease, thereby standing a good chance of being accurate and fair.
AnswerGarden is an example of an Edtech that is used by educators in online assessments. Educators can use the App to pique interest before they start a new unit, thereby accessing prior knowledge of what students know. Moreover, they can use it to build relationships between teachers and students by fielding random questions.
7. Data-Driven Institutions Will Increase
Edtech will enable institutions to become more effective and efficient by using data to get meaningful insights that will inform decision-making. Data and big data will be more critical for learning institutions as they use them to enhance learning.
By leveraging big data, educators will identify areas that could be lagging and provide relevant solutions to their students. Also, the use of data-driven decisions will change education, enabling institutions to tailor their programs to suit the needs of particular demographics.
Teachers can also analyze data on the usage of digital textbooks to obtain valuable insights on how to enhance learning and inform decision-making. Artificial intelligence will also allow for more personalization of learning content to suit the peculiar needs of each student.
In universities, consolidation of data and sharing will facilitate the extraction of insights. The sharing will enable educators to see where there’s a need for more support and the type of support required.