Role of EdTech
With the ongoing global pandemic, there is a growing demand for technology-driven education systems. The digitization of one of the biggest and vital sectors of the global economy has become paramount. The value that technology brings to the table is not just limited to just automation of the education process or merely connecting teachers with students online through video communication systems.
EdTech solutions today range from education delivery mechanisms to classroom assessment tools for teachers to education-specific fundraising sites to reader-adaptive eBooks and much more. EdTech is now becoming crucial to measure the effectiveness of a particular learning system or a lesson play. It aids in judging whether the students were able to grasp the concepts taught in the class and whether the lesson was comprehensible and clear.
EdTech is fast becoming vital to understand the individual needs of a student and assessing their growth and progress. EdTech can provide adaptive learning programs that help teachers create resource material that supplements and complement the lesson plans designed by teachers. We see EdTech nowadays being employed to auto-grade the students so that teachers have more time to focus on what is important-teaching.
With new technologies come new ways of learning, for example the concept of flipped classrooms is only possible because a variety of digital study material/resources can be sent to students to be consumed at their own time and pace. While classroom time can be used to resolve issues and clear doubts, make the learning process exciting and motivating.
Sure COVID-19 has been a catalyst that drove schools, colleges, and universities to understand the importance EdTech but the scope of EdTech was already growing regardless of the pandemic. EdTech industry is constantly maturing and changing the way we learn. Now, with artificial intelligence being eminent as a teaching aid, the role of EdTech will keep on expanding.
Many educationalists find the role of technology threatening but no matter how advanced or powerful the technology might be, it will never be able to replace the human touch of a great teacher. What EdTech will do is that it will aid facilitators to become more efficient and effective.