Impact and opportunities of educational technology during the pandemic
Some may say that2020 is the year of educational technology. Mandatory closures of colleges and universities pushed most institutions to pay for education through remote learning.
To achieve this, they all turned to educational innovationsas tools of video conferencing and online learning management software. Also, other digital solutions to keep education afloat.
Even, before COVID 19, there was already high growth in technological innovation and adoption of educational technology. With global investments that reached 18.66 billion dollars in 2019 and a projection of the general market that will reach 350 billion dollars by 2025. Let’s see a little more about this technological development.
Educational technology and its renewal in times of change
The pandemic has also accelerated the digital transformation in schools. Which is rapidly shaping what education will look like and how it will be delivered for years to come. 82% of the institutions assured that combine the use of technology with traditional teaching methods It will be a constant for the next ten years. This is current educational technology. With the advanced pace of educational technology in the world of information and communication technologies, there have been detected essential enablers. These currently help institutions find broader opportunities and solutions in education. These enablers are:
Defined as connectivity tools or laptops. They are considered essential for the creation and consumption of content around knowledge.
We are talking about the combination of learning through a combination of face to face and online interaction. Enabled by a collection of digital tools and technologies.
The definitive key in virtual infrastructure that allows access through a network to information technology (IT) services. This, at the same time that its infrastructure physically moves away.
Tools in educational technology that stood out during the pandemic
The most compelling technology related lessons to be learned from the pandemic involve the informal digital practices. Some could be thought of as improvised or rudimentary.
Are the use of social platforms like Tik Tok or messaging services like WhatsApp, which have helped teachers. Likewise, to students, parents and university students, to continue with school at home. Indeed, there are several tools that will follow your way to the top:
Using social media to engage students
Social media tools are still blocked in many places. However, students, and especially teachers, took advantage of them. For example, TikTok saw the parade of teachers of all ages taking to the platform to share short teaching excerpts. Up to one minute long. Principals have even used it to keep in touch with their schools, making 60 second pep talks.
There were plenty of frustrations on both sides, but the forced shift to distance learning also had a positive side effect. Parents and school staff felt more connected. Also tested was the ability to connect to different platforms among which Google took leadership.
It was thus that schools and parents entered google meet for free. There, they were able to add up to 250 students with live streaming. Even those who missed the class could see the recorded videos of all the content. Also, appointments were scheduled on the calendar for teach classes dedicated to those who needed extra help.
Use of AR and VR
Refering to augmented reality, educational technology applications are gradually reaching the classroom. At the moment, we are not talking about a general rule for the entire sector due to its high costs. However, recent implementations are allowing students to “interact” more thoroughly and in an accessible way with their assignments.
Resources such as the audio story with augmented reality, available to Movistar users, provide students with a application where you can see in 3 dimensions all the planets of the Solar System. Similarly, apps like Lessons in Herstory allow students to scan textbooks where they can learn in augmented reality about prominent women in modern history. Similarly, medical schools are using AR models to train and support surgeons and nurses in medical procedures as diverse as neurosurgery or needle placement.
The implementation and growth of Educative technology do not plan to slow down. However, to better deal with it, educational institutions, as well as staff, must be updated with the latest advances. Teachers must be prepared to ensure that online learning can continue.
The future of education is not based solely on new technologies and innovative tools, but on the creating safe and accessible learningSame for everyone.
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