With its ever-widening horizons, technology today has touched and uplifted every sector that exists with its most recent impact shown on the field of education, owing largely to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although modern-day teaching is already inclusive of fundamental technologies like classroom presentations & learning through augmented reality, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a technological skyrocketing within this sector.
Although some see this technological surge as pervasive, students have shown to adapt more quickly to this mode of personalized online teaching. This has not only enabled teachers to rise beyond their traditional teaching methods, but also empowered students to reach the maximum potential.
Let us have a look at a few factors that are likely to shape the future of schools
Online Classrooms: The emergence of technology in education is bringing in more flexibility and distraction-free learning in students compared to traditional schooling. As more and more schools adapt to the e-learning platform, students can have round the clock access to learning and a better sense of collaboration and active participation regardless of their location.
This not only fares well for students but also enables teachers to automate processes such as assignment submissions, presentations, assessment & grading and keeping track of the overall progress of students individually with ease.
Virtual & Augmented Reality: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is designed in order to trigger the ‘Picture Superiority Effect, which is a phenomenon that states human memory is likely to register and recall pictures and images more readily compared to plain text or spoken words.
The amalgamation of VR & AR with education has raised the bar for digital learning. These are immersive experiences in which the user is enabled to view virtual objects for better understanding. Several virtual concepts that are hard to explain otherwise, can be made very easy to understand with these tools.
AR & VR tools such as Arloopa, Metaverse & History view VR are gaining popularity, although there are several other free and paid tools that allow students to view and design locations and objects.
Educational Apps: Educational apps have gained instant popularity amongst students & parents in recent times. Children grasp better visual aids and interactive learning which displays a more practical approach through such informative and user-friendly applications. Moreover, the extent of learning with the educational apps is almost limitless as the child attains an individually focussed training with entertaining modes like presentations and video projects which has shown to increase student’s classroom time utilization and grasping power. Students can repeat the same sessions multiple times and record classroom time for future reference which enables deeper concept clarity.
Cloud computing: Cloud storage is an off-site location that enables you to upload & store data securely onto it that can be accessed by anyone through public internet or a dedicated private network that gives the user an “anytime – anywhere” data access. Since cloud-based tools are compatible with most devices today, schools & students need not invest in specific expensive hardware. Cloud computing has enabled students to have easy access to all the learning material without the possibility of learning material being outdated.
Not only does help educators in distributing learning material but also saves the student’s efforts of buying textbooks and carrying multiple devices. It also ensures that students submit projects and assignments on time.
MDM for schools: As schools rapidly take up online means of tutoring, it has become essential to effectively manage students’ tablets, smartphones & computers to ensure that students are protected from harmful online content & that devices are used solely for educational purposes.
Mobile Device Management software (MDM) is a service tool that offers several vital features with an easy dashboard that school authorities can use without a hassle to manage and track their students’ devices. Installing MDM software on devices can help you to secure the device in terms of tracking its location, monitoring data usage, restricting unwanted website usage and enabling only those apps and tools which the students may require for learning purposes. This aids the school authorities to keep a virtual tab on all students collectively regardless of their locations and helps them in monitoring their overall progress.
Scalefusion is one of the leading MDM software that helps to manage all e-learning devices for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows operating systems.
As we see, digital learning is just the start of how technology is impacting the field of education. Many Ed-tech facilitated changes are inevitable with more effective teaching concepts being brought up such as ‘micro-tutoring’, ‘podcasts’ and experimenting with ‘gamification’ which have led educators to believe that digital learning will soon replace textbooks for good. While the direction of Ed-tech has limitless possibilities, this promising field is yet just at its very inception.