Category: EdTech

Edtech is key to the future of education

Educational technology according to General Assembly is “an area of technology devoted to the development and application of tools (including software, hardware, and processes) intended to promote education.

Those within the industry often call this field “EdTech,” the niche focused on facilitating learning through technology.

So, who can benefit from EdTech?

1. Educators

Educators are encouraged to incorporate technology in their classrooms.  The problem is they were not trained to be an IT professional, they were trained to connect with students and move their educational journey forward.  

The IT professionals, on the other hand, were not trained to disseminate knowledge to young people. So while EdTech has massive, industry-altering potential, services are needed to help teachers access and learn technology solutions.

Services like Alma and Engrade were created as technological solutions to tedious processes like lesson planning, reporting, and record keeping.

2. Designers

Common in any industry with exponential growth opportunity, is a lack of trained professionals to carry to the industry into the future.  The new field of EdTech lacks enough qualified tech professionals that develop their skills to implement technology into the education field.  

Educators and administrators are looking for ways to adopt EdTech into their classrooms and school districts, but require training and technology professionals to continue to improve and develop processes to implement.

3. Job Hunters

Individuals with left-brain, technologically dominant strengths can benefit from the gap in trained EdTech professionals.  

The work is rewarding far beyond salary; as they can still make an impact in the classroom which capitalizing on opportunities in the growing EdTech industry.

3 Types of EdTech Software to Adopt in your Classroom, now.

1. Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Synchronous learning resembles traditional classroom learning, led by an instructor. All participants are interacting in real-time, allowing for conversation and immediate feedback.  

This traditional model is an effective way to learn complex material, ask quick questions, receive immediate feedback and interact with the instructor or other students.

Synchronous learning has been brought into the digital learning space through virtual classroom models, chat rooms, Skype/Zoom, and other collaborative models.

Asynchronous learning, on the other hand, is self-paced and fosters independence. Examples of asynchronous learning include email, blogs, discussion boards, video courses, and wikis.

The individualized structure allows students that learn quickly to save time in the classroom, that would have been spent listening to other’s questions after they have already mastered the material.  This type of learning also benefits slower-paced students because they are able to seek individual attention to find answers to their specific questions, without harming the pace of the class.

Asynchronous learning has become increasingly popular among universities and community colleges as a means to encourage non-traditional students to learn and pursue a degree on their own time.

2. Computer Based Training (CBT)

Computer-based training is a form of asynchronous learning that is delivered via computer, tablet, or smartphone.  The devices provide linear content like a digital book or manual with embedded videos and audio, often for mathematical or software based schools of study.

Assessments are typically given in a multiple choice or matching format or simulation, allowing for grading immediately upon completion.

3. Collaborative Learning

Collaboration in learning is essential to developing ideas, gaining perspective and enhancing information retention.

Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) through the advancement of technological processes and network availability, has the potential to collaborate on projects, provide insights and learn from each other.

The EdTech industry will continue to enhance the educational experience of children and adults alike.

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