There is no industry untouched by technology. Technological advancement shows no bias and has constantly disrupted every field it touches. It doesn’t matter whether it is the food industry or even the online dating industry.
Yes, your food is delivered with the help of technology and you might even find your life partner through the cupid called technology.
In fact, technology has always had a Midas touch when it comes to education. As the internet came, knowledge became available to everyone with internet connectivity. Smartboards changed the way classrooms look and work.
Education has transcended from the four walls of classrooms. It won’t be incorrect to say that the definition of classroom has probably changed. There is no real need for a physical classroom for teaching.
Virtual or digital classrooms provide just as good an education as the real ones. A world-class education is present right there at their fingertips.
The education industry is expanding. According to the Zion market research report, the U.S. education market is expected to reach approximately USD 2,040 billion by 2026 which was valued at around USD 1,350 billion in the year 2017. The U.S. education market is expected to show an annual growth rate of more than 4.5% between 2018 and 2026.
One of the reasons for this expansion is the immense growth and advancement of technology and its appropriate use in education. In this blog, we will talk about 5 technology trends that are impacting the education industry.
5 Technology Trends That are Impacting the Education Industry
1) Cloud Computing and Analytics
Cloud computing is making the learning experience more streamlined for both educators and learners. The students don’t have to manage too many USB flash drives to store their files, documents, and other data.
They don’t even have to go to the class just to submit their projects or assignments. They just have to use Google Docs for that.
Similarly, an educator can just share a link of the Google Doc of the notes without having to dictate or write them down on the whiteboard. Such centralized storage for resources allows educators to share knowledge without much hassle.
This also helps to reduce expenditure for both the students as well as the teachers. Managing data is not trouble for any party due to cloud-computing. Plus, it is also very safe as it is password protected.
The teacher can assign homework to the entire class at once and even the evaluation becomes easier. They can also have student performance analyzed with data like how much each student scored in all the individual tests of the entire month or so.
Analysis of the data reveals a lot of information about academic performance and student engagement. This helps in automating classroom activities, offering in-depth guidance, and making course modules to improve students’ performance.
Even if the student is at a remote location, the student’s progress can be monitored and effective steps can be taken to give personalized training if required. Basically, cloud computing doesn’t only help in data management but also data analysis.
New study-models can also be integrated into the curriculum. These models are used to understand student’s performance using grade-structure, study patterns, and other parameters. The schools and colleges can revamp their syllabus as well as curriculum based on current trends as shown by these models.
Predictive analysis is a new and smart analysis algorithmic approach to find out about learning patterns. This learning analytics will warn teachers about some issues and students about their deadlines.
This technology is even considerate of students’ needs and new study patterns can also be introduced based on what the students really understand.
2) Educational Apps
There is an app for almost everything. The education sector is also not deprived of this bliss. There are mobile apps to keep a track of all the homework, assignments or projects, there are apps that help in homework, and even apps that help to find research papers.
Most famous educational apps are the ones that explain important study concepts with the help of animations. These apps offer videos, audio, demonstrations, and examples to explain the principles in the best way possible.
There are also learning games and chatbots that make studying interesting and fun for the students. These apps are best for children who are home-schooled for all or most of their academic life.
If the school has an app for its students, then the teacher can put up practice tests or lesson summaries on the app. The students can go home and revise the lesson they learned so that it stays fresh in their minds.
They can even ask for suggestions for studying from their classmates or solve any doubts that they were too shy to ask in front of the whole class. Moreover, they can also discuss and information with each other about projects and assignments.
Edutech startups are investing in educational app ideas and gaining a lot of popularity. These apps are known for their expert tutorials and one to one interaction with mentors worldwide. Students can take revision tests after every lesson to see how much they have retained after the class.
The most important benefit of these apps is that they give students the liberty to study whenever they want and wherever they want. Students get a completely exclusive and personalized learning experience with this app.
Not every student is the same. Each student has different needs, preferences, and time availability. We can take an example of specially-abled and dyslexic kids. They have special needs and their ways of learning are also different. These apps provide much-needed convenience to such students.
3) VR and AR
These new-age technologies have altered the way we perceive education. These are not only used to make 3D movies but also to give an immersive learning experience to the learners.
Reading about space is extremely interesting, imagine if one can watch a 3D video about Milkyway on a VR headgear. This will give the viewer a feeling of floating in space and listening to all the amazing facts.
Probably, the most useful way of using AR and VR is the real-time broadcasting of simulated complex surgery that a medical student can see and learn. This wouldn’t be possible unless such a surgery is actually performed.
AR is also used by many educational apps which can make learning about different plant parts or other stuff straightforward and fun.
4) IoT- The Internet of Things
Ever heard of hyper-situating? Well, this means to make the user aware of some information based on their location. Different interdisciplinary information can be shared with students on their connected devices like tablets, computers, or smartwatches from a hotspot in the immediate area.
IoT has been used in homes and schools for saving power.
IoT has made it possible for running the schools and colleges in an energy-efficient way. The lights and fans switch off as soon as the students and teachers leave the classroom. There is data syncing between all the devices- students and teachers, this helps in keeping everyone on the same page.
IoT also allows a teacher to share test results with other teachers and parents in real-time and discuss the measures that can be taken to improve performance if needed. They can also track homework, for instance, when it was completed, how long it took to complete it, etc.
5) Artificial Intelligence
As per the report from International Data Corporation (IDC), the Artificial Intelligence market will experience a steady growth rate annually through 2023, approaching $98.4 billion in revenue at a CAGR of 28.5%.
The education sector is one of the leading sectors that is making use of AI and benefiting a great deal from it. According to Technavio, the use of AI in educational technology is set to grow by more than 45% by 2021.
The AI tech is still in its early stages of development, yet it plays an important role in education today.
AI has been used in speech recognition and problem-solving (Chatbots helping students with their answers) for a long time. Now, it also facilitates tasks like grading, curriculum planning, personalizing teaching, and preparing question papers.
This helps in reducing the time for doing such tasks and the freed up manpower can then focus on other complex tasks like teaching the students, explaining the doubts in the way students are comfortable or habitual in.
The share of technology in disrupting the education sector cannot be measured in just one blog. Educational apps are probably the most affordable yet most impactful technological trend that has affected the industry in a positive way.
With such humongous advancements in technology, educational institutes need to cope up with them and be ready to adapt accordingly. The universities, schools and other institutes need to keep upgrading and be inclusive toward the new technological trends.