Technology-assisted learning is not a new concept. Schoolnet has been in this industry for over two decades. However, in the previous two years, it has grown in popularity and accessibility.
Technology has invaded the education sector, bringing with it a host of benefits such as online classrooms, personalized learning apps, gamification, and the use of multimedia resources for studying.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are ushering in a wave of disruptive breakthroughs in school-based learning, with the dual goals of developing quality education and increasing each learner’s learning through a personalized approach .
At a time when students are under a lot of pressure, such as exams are approaching, technology can help make the teaching and learning process smarter and more efficient.
The use of technology in education should not be limited to extracurricular activities. Teachers can access a wealth of global resources to take their teaching to the next level by improving school infrastructure.
Student engagement will increase through the use of films, animations, virtual experiences, and interactive smartboard elements, which will also lead to increased retention. It is essential to grasp and remember things the moment they are given in order to perform well on tests.
Technology is closing the gap
In its suggestions for tackling learning poverty, the World Bank stresses the need for home study to supplement what students are learning in school. Reading the same literature as in school or watching movies to help with conceptual clarity, virtualizing the same experiences done in schools, and using e-readers are great ways to synchronize a child’s learning journey. With curriculum-aligned e-textbooks, practice engines, and adaptive assessments, technology can keep that learning going at home.
For example, practice is key to mastering a subject like math. Once a student has grasped a concept and the reasoning behind a theorem (which can be taught in a variety of ways), practicing its application is essential in order to do well on the tests. Many practice questions are included in today’s textbooks, but they are not always appropriate for each student’s skill level. This is where AI/ML comes in.
It learns a student’s typical habits and mistakes, analyzes their necessary knowledge, and then offers a personalized learning path based on that analysis. It can also create more and more questions that the student can practice with in seconds.
The recommendations of the software become clearer as you practice. This repetition and reiteration of questions covering a variety of topics is much more effective than depending on a limited set of questions that all students, regardless of learning ability, employ. It also provides immediate and personalized feedback, which is not always possible in a one-teacher classroom.
For example, Geneo, our personalized learning app, uses continuous assessments to check that a student understands a concept before moving on, or it offers prerequisite materials that need to be reviewed. It allows a learner to return to the necessary point in the overall learning curve and ensures that the basics are learned in order to acquire a skill at each level.
Content suggestions based on user behavior match the learner’s preferred learning style through implicit feedback. Not only math, but also disciplines like social studies and English, can benefit from technological assistance – annotation tools, e-readers, grammar quizzes and comprehension exams, among others – can all be used to improve results.
Benefits of Technology Integration
Using technology to enhance learning has several advantages. However, this cannot be done randomly, leaving schools and teachers aside. We believe that the Indian education system requires a whole ecosystem approach that includes students, teachers, schools and after school education providers.
The country also needs to increase access to high-quality education and EdTech for all, which means technology-enabled education needs to be delivered in vernacular languages, be low-cost while remaining high-quality. and collaborate with government and low-cost private schools. In today’s world, technology is a tremendous enabler that cannot be overlooked.
Education shouldn’t be left behind when everything around us becomes ‘smart’ and highly personalized, from advertising recommendations to wearable technology. This does not mean that conventional teaching-learning methods should be abandoned, but rather that they should be supplemented in order to reach more students and improve learning outcomes according to learning styles. individual for each learner.
(Shourie Chatterji, Chief Digital Officer Schoolnet India. Opinions are personal)
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Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 11:00 PM IST