Technology trends

Many technology trends are boosting education and also helping people with disabilities

The technological world is advancing at an unprecedented rate for all of humanity and is driving the unconditional evolution of all sectors with which it comes into contact. Although almost every area of ​​human life is undergoing a technological revolution, education is the only area that is transmogrifying at the speed of light – and this transmogrification isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.

Today’s learning generation is an amalgam of early adopters and digital natives and is therefore the most suitable to embrace these dynamic and flamboyant changes.

COVID-19, a catalyst for technological changes in education

Keeping the calamities it has laid aside, the manifest role of the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst in bringing about these changes can in no way be denied, as a number of technological shifts have seen the day and accelerated thanks to it. To avoid further abrasion of teaching standards and courses, educational institutions have integrated and updated technology-driven teaching methodologies, curricula, and practices for restitution.

The pandemic has also played an influential role in digital adoption, especially for older generations who are generally reluctant to embrace changes. Another important reason behind this endorsement of technology is the need, reach, relevance and power that technology can have in the administration of holistic education.

It is imperative to adopt a pioneering and visionary vision in the field of education so that the most suitable practices can be implemented smoothly for the greater good of all. As John Dewey so aptly said, “If we teach as we taught yesterday, we deprive our children of tomorrow.

Information-based strategies to improve education

Artificial intelligence is definitely in the news these days and is expected to have a herculean impact on the delivery and administration of education. Rapid progress in all fields of education, such as science, is producing information in droves at the minute and therefore requires innovative technologies that analyze, store and process it in beneficial ways. All of these complex requirements point to AI, and the insights gleaned inspire education service providers to develop information-driven strategies and decisions to improve education outcomes.

AI is more likely to enable personalized learning, which is a specialized teaching model based on consideration and recognition of each student’s abilities, needs, and interests to foster not only academic refinement and fulfillment, but also personal development.

Each student has a distinct set of knowledge absorption capacities, and personalized learning with AI allows training providers to identify them and deliver unambiguous, particular content that best suits them. This technology also helps parents and educators pilot appropriate targeted intervention strategies for students based on real-time data gathered from digital platforms. Additionally, since teacher access is typically restricted for a variety of reasons, AI-powered chatbots can mitigate this educational disincentive by accessing a set of information databases in the institution. tutoring and beyond and using it to answer questions posed by students at any time. of the day.

Leverage smartphones, personal devices for knowledge retention

Educational institutions can also revolutionize education and knowledge retention among today’s largely tech-savvy students by leveraging smartphones or range of other personal devices to increase delivery options. of content by instilling videos, interactive games and audios into otherwise unstimulating lectures. Personalized learning does not involve isolated learning patterns, but rather enables broader opportunities for interaction and collaboration on a global level.

Times are also changing for special students who need educational assistive technology. Statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) show that approximately seven million students in the United States – representing about 13% of total public school enrollment – require special education services for children. help overcome their unique needs.

The emergence of innovative assistive technologies is resulting in greater autonomy for students with disabilities, putting them on an equal footing with their classmates like never before. A range of assistive technology devices are already available, with a dozen more on the way – and set to transform supported learning. A notable educational trend that is gaining considerable momentum in the assistive technology category is the use of alternative input devices that allow students with disabilities to use computers with repurposed keyboards that have larger buttons, manipulable cursors by the feet or the mouth and several other ingenious abilities.

Needless to say, the technological trends envisioned for the future of education are undoubtedly destined to alter the orthodox demographics of education, and teachers who take advantage of these innovations would unequivocally spearhead educational leadership.

(The author is CEO, Oswaal Books)

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Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 5:04 PM IST