The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that began last year in 2020 has brought about a significant change in the life of people. Nearly all industries and business verticals across the globe were negatively affected. The threat of many businesses shutting down turned out to be a reality. Amidst all this darkness, there emerged an opportunity for the education sector in India.
Prior to the pandemic, the traditional school system and teaching methodologies were being followed. Teachers, parents and students found it difficult to use technology to accomplish the academic goals. However, the pandemic changed everything with educational institutions like schools, colleges and universities shut, the only option was to adopt edtech in the form of online learning. There has been a drastic change in the dynamics of education in the country. Parents, teachers and even schools were hesitant and reluctant to switch from the traditional classroom teaching methodology embraced digital mode of learning because of the pandemic. The next generation edtech learning has proved to be a great alternative form of learning to the traditional classroom setup.
Just like many organizations adopted the Work From Home (WFH) concept, the learn from home concept came into existence as well. However, this transition has not been easy. No one could imagine a lockdown in the country for a long time due to the pandemic. Lack of proper IT infrastructure and learning tools were major challenges for the teachers as well as students.
Benefits of Edtech for learners and teachers
1) Promotes the practice of self learning
The use of IT infrastructure and various learning tools promote self learning amongst the children. This would not be possible in the traditional physical classroom setup. Edtech and e-learning empowers the learners to take the initiative and responsibility of their own learning.
2) Live interactive classroom
The rise of Edtech and various learning tools has made it possible for teachers to replicate the entire physical classroom environment in the form of a virtual classroom. It serves as an interactive platform for both the learners and teachers to communicate with each other. Through the use of assessment tools teachers can know how much a student has grasped in the class. Teachers can manage and control the academic operations much better.
3) Personalized learning
The traditional system of education failed to understand that every learner is different and learns at a different pace. Edtech enables children to learn at their own pace. Also, educators can make learning fun, interactive and engaging through the use of various digital learning tools.
Edtech is the new way forward and is going to be the new normal even after the pandemic comes to an end.
Here is what schools and educators in India need to do to make sure that the combination of edtech and various education resources make learning fun and engaging for the learners.
1) Develop a robust IT infrastructure
The first and the foremost thing that educational institutes in the country need to do is focus on developing a powerful in-house IT infrastructure. In order to fulfill the purpose of making the learning experience enriching and fun for students, having proper IT infrastructure, learning tools and assessment tools is a must.
2) Incorporating edtech as a part of the curriculum
In order to ensure that children do not get lost in the process of embracing new technology, it is crucial to include edtech and the latest advanced technologies as a part of the curriculum. This will help children get familiar with various learning tools.
3) Training the teachers
In order to ensure that all the academic goals are achieved successfully, teachers require hands-on training with the learning and assessment tools.
Considering the benefits offered by IT infrastructure and various education technologies, it makes sense for schools to invest in them. Parents must ensure that schools are using right infrastructure to incorporate digital technologies for the benefits of their students.