Rethinking education in the age of technology
Education is experiencing a technological renaissance. The future of learning will be driven by access to new technologies and digital content, on demand and on our terms. Internet, mobile and social networks have changed our lives. New emerging tools and platforms allow us to pursue our own educational goals. Ed-tech tools will continue to transform the way we teach and learn. Traditional educational institutions are now looking to equip themselves to keep pace with technological change.
New Ed-tech technologies can change the way education is viewed, delivered and accessed. These technologies open up a world of possibilities for people who want to take control of their education. Online learning tools are on the rise. Virtual reality gadgets are going to change the way we teach and learn today. AR and VR learning will be a boon for students with special needs.
Using technology, students’ learning pathways are mapped, which helps them analyze their gaps as they begin to build the fundamental concept of understanding a subject. Until the fundamentals are understood correctly, advancing and learning new and more complex subjects is meaningless for a student. However, with the help of ed-tech, the learning journey of students is always mapped, which helps in predicting and suggesting what students need to learn more. Only then will learners move forward in their learning journey.
Today, technology allows us to retract the trajectory of a learner’s shortcomings and focus on mastering their fundamentals. So, for example, if a student failed math, the reason could be that they don’t have the basics of English in place to even understand the question in the first place; resolving the issue is the next step. It further helps in taking constructive and remedial action to solve the problems of the student during his learning journey. Students must move away from aggression and learning and direct their learning strategy, methods, and focus to strengthen their core through experiential methods. Children will prepare for future competitions by moving away from traditional methods and embracing new age learning.
A thorough diagnosis and understanding of learner behavior is accessible via ed-tech. Then, accordingly, a recommendation for better learning helps the student to complete and learn the topic or concept in detail. Then the learner is introduced to new concepts using interactive technologies to ensure that students gain a deeper, faster and better understanding of any concept or topic.
Imagine children who are obsessed with English as a subject and want to become writers, but they have poor understanding of the parts of speech in English grammar. This will slow their pace of learning until they acquire the basic principles of parts of speech. This will be a crucial factor in defining the rate at which they form a solid foundation for sentence construction in order to write perfect sentences. Therefore, ed-tech helps students understand their weaknesses when studying a subject and motivates them to work and practice continuously to increase their pace and learning content that they find fun and engaging. Today, most students prefer to control how they like to learn by choosing the content they find interesting. What’s happening in the digital world of content means we can infer what kind of education is coming if we want. One of the strengths of augmented reality (AR) is that it allows students to see and interact with an environment that they could not otherwise experience. These new-age technology tools help students chart their course, giving them deeper, faster, and better learning of the fundamentals of a complex subject and concept in the future.
AR and VR learning tools place users in a fully immersive environment for an unprecedented learning experience. For example, students often have to suspend their imagination to understand a concept in a traditional classroom. Study modules powered by Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) provide an experience that mimics real life as closely as possible, helping learners grasp new concepts.
Today, students are learning from the next generation of technologies. In 20 years, VR/AR and other new technologies will further change our educational system and improve the learning process while providing unlimited opportunities for creative educators and students. Additionally, technology is enabling new models of learning that are transforming education. Early adoption of these technologies will greatly help an individual learner to adopt new technologies seamlessly in the future.
Blended learning is the new teaching model. However, a single model is not practical for all learners. The school experience should not be defined by a school leader standing in a classroom with rows of children taking notes. Today, technology is changing the way we learn and interact with knowledge and understanding. 3D AR/VR modeling will enhance the learning experience in STEM subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Geography etc.
It is time for our educational institutions to start embracing and harnessing the true power of technology. The possibility of a blended learning approach will only improve student performance and retention while simultaneously reducing the costs associated with traditional methods. Additionally, with the wider adoption of augmented reality (AR) in schools, better learning opportunities will increase student engagement and prepare them for real-world encounters. If educators are going the extra mile to rethink current educational standards with emerging technologies in mind, it should come as no surprise. The beauty of technology is in leveraging critical thinking and creativity to determine whether these emerging technologies will prove useful as an effective complement to traditional educational practices.
Learning without understanding the material and exploring its vast creative potential is a disservice to teachers and students. To enhance learning, using new-age technology tools can help reduce rote memorization to understand why we study what we do instead of what it teaches us about the more amazing world around us. .
As much as factories have been by computers, education is being transformed by AR (augmented reality). The next generation of students will have the smartest, fastest and most efficient learning systems to help them learn things better and faster than humans can on their own.
Augmented Reality (AR) is undoubtedly set to revolutionize various sectors in a few years, so teachers and educators should take note. By adapting to new technologies, teachers can offer their students learning opportunities like never before, more real than a textbook and more practical than an expert. Additionally, AR allows students to engage in environments that are different from classrooms and traditional teaching methods, allowing students to recreate the story or understand text in context.
The future of education lies in relevant new technologies such as AR/VR being appropriately applied. Understanding the fundamentals and then understanding complex concepts and topics will become easier for students using these new era ed-tech technology tools. Knowledge is an essential aspect of growth and success today, and we want to leave no stone unturned so that our ready players learn as much as possible to have a bright future for our country and its people.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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