Technology has revolutionized the way education is delivered and received. Concepts like EdTech, augmented reality, flipped classroom, immersive learning, responsive content, artificial intelligence, and chatbots, etc., are the new buzzwords.
Change is inevitable, Change is constant-Benjamin Disraeli.
Let’s have a quick look at the latest technology trends in education.
Devices such as tablets, mobile phones, laptops are replacing conventional books. Even though the initial investment for the device might seem high, the portability, comfort, and convenience of carrying a lightweight tablet to school instead of a bagful of books make it a smarter choice. The concept of a flipped classroom, where the student watches the lecture on his tablet or laptop at home and applies the knowledge to solve problems or practical assignments at school, is gaining ground. Digital whiteboarding solutions that allow screen recording, screen sharing, multi-device integration, multimedia options, etc., are now integral to technology‑enabled classrooms.
Engaging video lessons delivering visual, auditory, and multimedia content results in a compelling learning experience.
With the proliferation of smartphones, responsive educational content compatible across devices is developed. The learner is able to learn at his own pace at a place of his choosing.
Social Media Used as an Educational Tool
Social media is here to stay! Incorporating social media into the learning process is fostering a culture of collaboration and sharing. Educational institutes, students and teachers are using features like groups, messaging, forums, etc. for collaboration on projects and assignments.
Smartwatches, smart glasses, virtual reality headsets, brain sensor headbands, and features like speech-to-text: text-to-speech, voice recognition, personal organizer, etc. have made experiential learning a reality. A history class about the Roman civilization feels more real with a wearable device that takes you on a virtual trip to Rome.
Data insights collected from the students (when they use online platforms or apps) are used to help identify their strengths & areas where they would need improvement. Test administration, evaluation, and feedback is automated and it saves a great deal of time.