Digital education technologies are gaining popularity in schools as more educators realise the benefits.
More educators are realizing the benefits of incorporating web technologies and apps into traditional teaching methods. A huge push on developing peer-to-peer learning is also being seen where students go online and help each other in developing their understanding of subjects.
Meanwhile, technology companies are implementing mobile apps and other technologies in innovative ways to deliver a better learning process for students. Mobile development is becoming a key factor in the education sector, as many companies are starting up projects to upgrade the age-old systems to a higher standard.
Revolutionising Learning Processes
One company that is pushing aggressively in encouraging schools to incorporate more technology into their classrooms is the internet behemoth Google.
A New York Times article explains how more than half of the country’s primary and secondary students use the company’s apps like Docs and Gmail. “Between the fall of 2012 and now, Google went from an interesting possibility to the dominant way that schools around the country teach students to find information, create documents and turn them in,” said Hal Friedlander, former chief information officer of the New York City Department of Education.
Google is not the only one that is interested in the opportunity offered by education marketing. There are many players, including San Francisco-based ClassDojo which has been able to make its presence felt in classrooms around the country.
ClassDojo creates a student’s behavioral report based on various parameters like creativity, hard work, and teamwork. These reports can then be used by teachers to analyse students and advise them on ways to improve in the areas where they fall short. ClassDojo is currently used by schools in more than 60 countries.
Another company using technology to create innovation in education is Duolingo. The company’s app enables users to easily learn around 68 languages using a game-like structure, where the learner is rewarded points for completing lessons. The mobile app is incredibly popular and has already clocked in more than 150 million downloads worldwide.
Explore Learning, a UK-based tuition service, uses various online tools to make the learning process easier for its students. The software sets learning goals for children, tracking their progress and reporting it to parents.
The Future of Education Technology
The shift from traditional education was aptly captured by Jason Palmer, a partner at New Markets Venture Capital, when he said in an article with EdSurge that,
“…technology is transforming education from an art into a data-driven learning science.”
Over the next decade, various new technologies are projected to herald in a wider innovation in education and make the learning process much more engaging.
Of particular interest will be virtual learning environments, that enable students to learn subjects in an interactive way. Instead of learning about atomic particles from a textbook, a student will be able to hook up a VR device and explore atomic structures in 3D. This level of interaction will make subjects far more interesting as well as easier to understand.
Another big development will be the introduction of Artificial Intelligence systems into the learning process. These AI technologies combined with educational apps, will be able to track a student’s progress and create learning tactics customised to their abilities.
With increasing smartphone penetration among students, mobile education is also projected to be in massive demand. The ease of using a palm-held device to learn complex theories in bite-sized lessons, is an aspect that attracts students to utilise mobile educational apps regularly.
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