Sunil Sharma, CEO, EasyShiksha

Edtech is a concept that transforms traditional education to digital form. We have seen Covid-19 transforming several industries including Education.  COVID-19 has not just changed the way students are educated: it has ultimately forced Edtech to get an upper hand in the education industry quickly.

Due to pandemic, almost all schools, educators and edu seekers have had to shift to online classes all of a sudden. Earlier Edtech was a choice for the majority of the Institutions. Disruptive technological innovations like online classes, learning management systems, etc., are now becoming a part and parcel of our education system.

The changes EdTech has introduced will continue to influence traditional learning. There are several Edtech trends to watch in 2021. Here are some popular ones.

Digital classrooms

Digital classroom-enabled online lectures are attracting students and gaining popularity by empowering Edu Seekers to learn from any part of the world and choose the educational institution of their choice. It creates a real classroom-like learning environment at home by making the learning process more engaging and interactive. It also empowers tutors to take full control and manage academic operations.

AI

Artificial intelligence is the core of Edtech. The traditional way of tutors writing on the class room board and students copying the content is not everyone used to love. Artificial intelligence is transforming education by empowering the system through the automation of learning resources. Both Educators and Edu seekers will benefit from this innovation. AI can easily be utilised to transform components like testing and grading. EdTech AI solutions can also be used to identify the main problems and obstacles students face and help improve their education ecosystem. Artificial intelligence-enables student monitoring, attendance tracking and examination proctoring have made virtual learning transparent for all stakeholders.

Virtual reality and Augmented reality

Virtual reality and Augmented reality is one such disruptive technology moving the learning process which not only enables tutors to get students’ attention but also helps to delivery education in a more engaging way. This makes the whole process of delivering education online more interactive and immersive.

Personalized and adaptive learning

Addressing every individual’s need is a critical task in education. Every student needs personal attention from Tutors for personalized learning but no tutor can separately look into every student and teach according to their way of understanding. However, Edtech can help in personalizing the learning experience. Personalised learning is the key to 21stcentury education.

Adaptive learning provides study material based on the student’s proficiency and their knowledge level. Adaptive learning ensures that students are engaged in learning to bring out the best results.

Blended Learning

Classroom training is very impactful when it comes to teaching and learning as both are more engaged while in the classroom. Considering the safety of students and the flexibility, the blended learning approach is one of the best choices to ensure uninterrupted teaching and learning. Blended learning gives the opportunity to adapt for educational institutions to deliver education using both online educational resources and traditional classroom learning methods. Moreover, by leveraging traditional and online learning, tutors can foster collaborative learning, thereby creating a more dynamic classroom.

Robotics

Robotics is gaining wide acceptance in the education sector as it helps students in gaining practical education to a different level. Robotics also allows flexible teaching and learning systems that will benefit all students, especially, students with disabilities. For example, a visually impaired student uses voice assistants or mobile apps to learn.

Block-based coding systems

Education industry is transforming to Practical Learning. Block-based coding is a stepping stone in delivering practical learning to learners. It enables students to make not only animated stories but also multimedia projects, interactive artworks, and much more. Such coding programs can be used to encourage students to be creative.

Gamification

Every individual loves to play. When the classes get boring after spending a lot of screen time, conducting games is an interesting way to get the attention of students. Games are expected to enrich the learning process. Tutors can boost student engagement and encourage active learning through games.

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