Technology was the saving grace of society during the Covid pandemic; it keeps people connected with loved ones, working, and, possibly most importantly, it helped students continue their learning experience. As we realize the true power of technology during the pandemic, innovators, both in tech and education, find new ways to implement technology to create better education systems for students and teachers. Education is central to communities worldwide and a vital part of the economy, so investing in it will improve students’ lives as well as the economic opportunities of their communities.
Technology’s new role in education is taking many different forms and is continually changing to adapt to the needs of students and educators. Changing the education industry impacts college students, as well. Increased online course options and up-to-date class formats give students a wide range of options when pursuing their degree. Schools will see increased performance and enrollment when education meets students’ needs rather than forcing them to conform to a specific mold.
Tech Is Decentralizing Education
Not all learning needs to be formal. Websites like Masterclass, Coursera, and edX have ample resources that don’t require a teacher, school, or a classroom. These organizations are providing education to the masses, and in most cases, for free. Most of the courses are self-paced and don’t have faculty members to grade assignments or teach individual lessons. By taking away teachers and classrooms, these courses are easily accessible to anyone with a penchant for learning.
Don’t let the free part fool you; these are high-quality courses constructed by reputable institutions. They earn their money by charging for certifications rather than tuition, but the learning aspects are essentially free. This decentralization forces schools to adapt to new methods to compete with free online resources.
Another resource is the ability to learn career-changing tech skills in a matter of months. Coding bootcamps allow people to skip costly college degrees and learn computer science skills. These crash courses offer their own certifications and offer job placement assistance to help people land jobs. Computer Science Hero helps those interested in becoming programmers find the right bootcamp.
Technology Is Making Learning Mobile
One of the ways technology is adapting to the needs of learners is by being available everywhere. With the adoption of remote learning, it is no longer necessary to commute to campuses or even live in the same region as the school you attend. Technology is giving students the ability to learn wherever they can charge a laptop and get a decent Wi-Fi connection.
Mobile apps are increasing in popularity as ways to speak new languages, practice math skills, and even basic web design. These mobile apps are with learners wherever they go and can be used for free learning periods or downtime outside of the classroom. Apps reduce the barrier between students and learning materials making it more likely they will continue to pursue learning endeavors.
Investors Like Educational Tech Companies
Educational tech (edtech) is changing classrooms across the world and improving the way students learn. These industry-wide changes are coming from tech companies using algorithms and other technologies to enhance proven teaching methods and give teachers more tools.
Investors believe edtech will be something school districts and individuals will be willing to pay for; they are backing up that belief with large cash investments. Investors know that people are willing to pay for education. Prominent high schools, public and private, will invest in the products that keep their school at the top of rankings, and non-profits like Teach For America will find ways to get innovative technology into schools in low-income and majority-minority areas.
Students Hace to Have a Personal Computer for Best Outcomes
Technology can’t change the education landscape if every student doesn’t have a functioning computer to access the new features technology brings to their classroom. School districts, especially those in low-income areas, will need to help students procure the proper equipment to ensure every child has access to the right programs. Internet connection is another requirement that isn’t always guaranteed for students in rural or low-income areas.
Technology can be the key to creating an equitable education landscape for students only when all students have proper access to technology. Students who can’t access learning material, for whatever reason, won’t be able to keep up with their peers. As companies continue to receive million-dollar investments, they should find ways to donate their services to students who could benefit the most from new technologies.