Undoubtedly, one of the greatest achievements of humanity is digital technology. As it becomes widely available, we can hardly imagine something that the human mind can’t conquer. Checking your balance, successfully booking a room after you arrive somewhere, and even working or studying from home, all of that is available today mainly because at some point, humanity has taken the digital direction in its development. And there’s no better example of benefitting from modern technology than modern education. This is where things have radically changed for the better, with many educators solving lots of issues that were deemed overwhelming or even impossible earlier.
The dawn of tech-powered education
There’s nothing new about computers and software steadily becoming our vital assistants, especially when it comes to such important spheres as education, healthcare, or finance. Education was exposed to digital technology rather steadily, yet with great hopes that it would one day become an inalienable part of the lives of many students and educators. These hopes have been justified indeed, with computers being present at nearly every school in the world and computer science gradually becoming one of the most important subjects to study.
All the fuss about educational technology is out there for a reason. With a recent outbreak of coronavirus that effectively confined everyone to their homes for extended periods of time, education managed to cope relatively well. With many educators and school principals remaining calm and efficiently organizing remote education, students managed not to lose too much academically.
How EdTech transforms modern classrooms
Here are some examples of how EdTech improves modern education at a rapid pace.
- Broadening educators’ toolkits. It’s vital for any education specialist to not only share all required knowledge as best they can but also make sure that the students are engaged and enthusiastic about learning. That’s where EdTech kicks in with its nearly limitless capabilities, providing both educators and students with every tool imaginable. Be it something to create an interesting presentation, schedule a quiz, or provide reference material, everything is now available. Moreover, with the rise of mobile technology, all educational tools can easily fit into one’s pocket.
- Encouraging creativity. While digital technology is mostly uniform and about precision, its limitless capabilities allow students to express themselves in so many ways. Even when professional design, composition, or writing tools aren’t available or might be too complex for younger minds to handle, there are always much simpler and more accessible substitutes out there that can spark creativity and enthusiasm in any student.
- Providing equal opportunities. With technology becoming less of a privilege and more of a trivial thing, learning and teaching become more inclusive as well. Students won’t miss the class even if they don’t feel well and educators don’t have to be bound to a single school, sharing their knowledge as freelancers with hundreds or even thousands of students around the world. With technology becoming less of a privilege and more of a trivial thing, learning and teaching become more inclusive as well. Students won’t miss the class even if they don’t feel well and educators don’t have to be bound to a single school, sharing their knowledge as freelancers with hundreds or even thousands of students worldwide by starting your own online school.
- Enabling fair and unbiased grading. As humans, we are inevitably biased and can’t alienate the work from its author. Thankfully, modern technology allows a completely anonymous submission and grading of any work students can produce, be it a quiz or a creative yearly project. And this works both ways. Knowing that the teacher won’t know who had submitted the work, students will likely feel more comfortable while completing the work. At the same time, teachers will be able to focus on the submitted material.
- Providing students with resources. Modern students have all the information in the world at their disposal, thus, being able to access any resources to extend and enhance their knowledge. Moreover, with resources such as TED Talks, free essay examples, and flashcards, students can learn not only more but also much faster. Thus, EdTech manages to work not only for quantity but also for the quality of learning.
- Efficiently engaging students. With so many interesting things technology can offer today, students can find the education that much more exciting. Their enthusiasm will come to them on its own as they discover their own capabilities, largely enhanced by the technology. Sometimes, even simply reading an interesting article online or watching a lecture on YouTube might be enough to engage a student into the learning process completely.
- Increasing productivity. With digital technology being able to automate so many processes in our lives, increasing students’ productivity became much easier. With younger minds being able to grasp the ideas and knowledge much quicker, they might only need one single tool to complete their assignments on time or earlier and do so much better.
- Improving communications. Some time ago, students, teachers, and school counselors could be separated and unaware of the problems that might be in their way. Today, when communication has taken a number of various forms online, connecting a student with a teacher is only a matter of a few clicks.
Handling challenges and looking beyond
Modern EdTech can do much more than anyone could imagine just a few years ago, and there are more opportunities to come. With COVID-19 showing us the importance of digital resourcefulness, communication, and staying relevant, educational technology proved to be a reliable and powerful ally. The future might seem distant, yet whenever you see what modern technology can do, you have no doubts that the future is here and now!
Andrew B. Mazur is an experienced journalist and an excellent writer. He is happy to share his knowledge with readers, and also helps in the development of various projects in WritingUniverse. He devotes his free time to writing and reading. Follow him on Twitter.