A Digital Revolution called EdTech
Technology is irrevocably transforming the traditional architecture of how education is resourced, taught, consumed and ultimately the results that it can yield both for the individual and for society as a whole. Not only has EdTech powered up the level of efficiency and cut costs, but it has also enabled new levels of standardization and democratized access.
Students now enjoy the opportunity to analyze, act and learn in highly personalized ways. Schools have increasingly becoming places to do homework, with the teacher taking on the role of a guide rather than a mentor – while instructions and lectures are delivered online, instead of in the classroom, allowing students to absorb information at their own pace.
Tailoring Education for Optimal Personalized Learning
The idea is to facilitate ’24-7’ access to digital devices, software, and learning platforms tailored to each individual student. Over time, these educational software and applications have grown more ‘adaptive’, relying on technology and algorithms to gauge knowledge levels, learning processes and even emotional states. No two pupils are the same, so why should teaching methods be? This is the case for a personalized approach to learning, which can be largely advanced by AI.
AI has enabled K–12 education to consider learning requirements, preferences and talents of individual students in order to be effective. Listening to students’ voices and giving them learning choices are critical in providing personalized learning, the result being better educational outcomes and happier students and teachers. From games to learning programs, AI is changing the way teachers interact with students. And the GCC is leading the way in funding this technology, with over 20% of Saudi, UAE and Omani budgets allocated to education in 2016.
Spreading the learning field
EdTech is not only improving the quality of education for students who are fortunate enough to go to school, it has also bridged the gap between the youth of lesser developed nations and their express need for an efficient learning platform.
EdTech is slowly but surely making the idea of learning without much adult intervention a reality, especially for children excluded from education systems. Through remote learning, they can now access otherwise hard-to-reach subject fields. And greater familiarity for learners implies greater opportunities to improve developmental standards.
Conclusive research also shows that upskilling teachers increased their confidence in teaching methods driven through technology. Further with the escalating affordability and usage of mobile telecom, in conjunction with a widening scope of Internet connectivity, M-learning (educational services via a connected mobile device) is becoming a key lever for growth in educational information.
Across the African continent, mass communication technology is being harnessed alongside other customized digital programs are being used extensively to promote basic education.
Driving human progress by building a knowledge economy
Without a doubt, technology is crucial to a thriving knowledge economy. Working alongside a dedicated team of educators with formidable credentials in education and tech implementation, Dell Technologies is helping educators transform the education system. Students, administrators, parents and community members around the world are also included and involved to help steer this revolution and craft an outcomes-driven approach – enabling youth in every corner of the world to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world and a globally competitive workforce.
Learn more about our work in K12 Education here.