From AI (Artificial Intelligence) to AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality), innovative and emerging technologies continue to personalize the learning experience for students.
The EdTech industry in particular has made learning a much better experience for kids by filling the gaps in traditional learning methods. But the real value of any technology is realized when it can make a difference in the lives of those who are less privileged or have special needs.
Technology is an important ingredient for social developmentAnonymous
Given below are 5 ways in which EdTech can address the learning challenges faced by children with special needs:
Recorded Classes and lessons
Children who have difficulties in processing information faster can make use of recorded lectures. After class, they can revisit the lessons to grasp the information at their own pace.
Children with reading disabilities can make use of digital audiobooks in the classroom as well as at home. Such tools can assist kids by reading out spellings, words, or sentences if the letters or fonts are too hard for them to figure out.
Kids with conditions such as Dyslexia can make use of digital worksheets. They reinforce concepts such as word formation, letter sequencing, and spelling, through games. They can also help in completing assignments with the help of speech to text translation and AI powered textual corrections.
From clarifying doubts with teachers to interacting with classmates, virtual classrooms can make learning easy for children with physical and mobility impairment. For example, BYJU’S Classes, a live tutoring program where kids can learn from the comfort of their homes. It gives students the access to learn from the best teachers/experts without having to commute even for a short distance. Virtual classrooms such as BYJU’S classes can be a game changer for all kids.
Augmented Visual Communication
Classroom lectures can be made more interactive with live presentations, interactive AR, or VR projections. These will help kids with learning disabilities to better understand the concepts and foundations of every subject. Apps like Byju’s offer highly engaging and interactive multimedia content like picture charts and live animations to make lessons engaging and fun.
“Learning should always be a rewarding experience irrespective of who is taught or who is teaching.”
For children with special needs, EdTech can empower them to perform at par with normal children, thereby creating a lasting impact in the society for years to come.
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