There is a lot of innovation happening in the technological world, and the education sector has managed to grab its share. Some people predict that the traditional classroom may soon be on its way out. The student will no longer have to sit at a desk. The teacher will no longer need a chalkboard to impact valuable knowledge. Institutions of learning will now use the digital space and social learning to increase efficiency in the processes.
We would, however, prefer the situation where the innovation assists the traditional modes of education. Digital learning can never replace the personalization the teacher brings to the student and learning process. However, some exciting things are contributing to improving the quality of education and such include:-
Many graduates will soon join the software industry for jobs such as design, maintenance, and software development, among others. One of the most critical areas is coding, and many companies have skill gaps within their teams. Coding has, therefore, become a very popular area, and technology is responding to this need. Google has the Grasshopper app, which will allow you to learn to code from your phone. You do not even need to have prior knowledge.
Access to learning resources
Forget about the days when students had to run to the library to get reading material. We now have online journals which students can access on their smart devices. It means that no matter where the student is, they can continue to study. Brands are now ensuring that the students or users have access to such material on the Cloud services. Google Drive, Amazon Kindle, and Apple iCloud are just some of the players.
· Remote Learning
Remote learning has been around for some time and is therefore not anything new. However, with technology, the potential for remote learning is unlimited. Areas like North America have 5G networks that allow for faster digital speeds activity for students who are using the webinars. Various companies are also adopting mobile learning initiatives to assist with remote learning.
Gaming is a favorite pastime for many, and it is, therefore, a part of many people’s lives. The Education sector is also utilizing gaming to make learning more fun. We, for example, have Nintendo labo that allows kids to learn building engineering in a fun interactive manner.
· Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Learning management systems allow for better efficiency and organization within the education system. The teacher can assess the progress, check assignments, and track the student, all from an online space
· Artificial Intelligence
There is a lot of interest among the companies in coming up with educational technology that is AI driven. The modern student is tech Savvy and has access to smart devices, internet, and social media platforms. With the digitalization, the education system needs to take advantage of artificial intelligence, to help with the process of teaching the modern student.
Artificial intelligence helps with tasks such as administration. It can also help with other aspects of learning, such as tutoring. With Machine Learning, the technology will land the patterns of the student and recommend the relevant learning material.
If you incorporate machine learning and Chatbots, you can give the student access to reminders, schedules, tutoring, among others.
· 5G Technology
5G technology will result in higher speed and lower latency that you would expect when using wireless technology. The student will be able to download learning material faster; the school will have access to robust networks and better efficiency due to faster information transfer. Students also have access to immersive education and the advantages of the Internet of Things.
The potential of 5G in education still has a lot of room for exploration. There may come a time that a holographic teacher runs the classroom. Virtual Reality will help with better student engagement. The ability to connect with other students, from all over the world will close any education gaps that exist.
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· Cloud Computing
There are so many problems students have with keeping their files safe. While initially, you needed a USB drive, now you can store school projects on the online platform. You have easy access and can share whatever information you have with other students digitally. Educators can also increase their reach without investing in expensive equipment. It Increases efficiency while cutting down on costs.
· Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual and Augmented Reality will provide teachers with an invaluable tool for enhancing the learning experience. Students can understand the content better, and it provides for a more engaging environment. Several free apps and platforms that are already making an impact in the market.
Children are beginning to adopt digital literacy, and fortunately, the penetration of the internet and smart devices has made it easy. Schools now offer the STEM, curriculum which allows for the incorporation of technology in education.
· Mobile Responsive Education
Many students have mobile devices, and the education sector is taking notice. You get flexibility and accessibility from wherever you are. The teacher can integrate the learning experience through mobile devices. The student also has access to information that is available on the digital space. Combine this with cloud computing, and the teacher can share large amounts of data without the students needing to download it onto their smart devices.
There are various reasons why the modern education system needs technology. These include greater efficiency in student management, better student engagement, and better access to and information sharing. It does not stop there; geographical locations or borders no longer matter. Using digital space, students from all over the world can come together in a learning environment. It enhances the learning experience by exposing the students to so much more than the classroom setting. There are several exciting innovations available, and we have barely scratched the surface in the article above. We can only wait and see what else technology has to offer our students and teachers.