Revolution Of Technology-Based Education

"K-12 learning journey sets the tone for a student's future success and shapes them for an excellent professional career"

The end goal of any educational program is (and should be) to help students be ready for the workforce and to grow in their field of choice. Whether the aspirations for youngsters are to become scientists or business leaders, to be engineers, doctors, or performing artists, the foundation of our aspirations and dreams are set early on in the formative years of any student's learning journey. Irrespective of the end goal, early education forms the basis of success in one's career. 

K-12 learning journey sets the tone for a student's future success and shapes them for an excellent professional career. A robust educational foundation will help ensure that students can cope as they move up in their respective career ladders in their formative years. The shortcoming, however, is that in today’s time, children are being subjected to rote learning, inadequate and outdated learning content, often restricted to a very narrow choice of textbooks or the learning systems.   

However, as technology has made inroads into nearly every facet of our lives, even the education industry hasn't remained untouched. Advancements in technology have made their way to the frontlines, changing how children are being taught. But this is not to say that teachers will be replaced because it's impossible to replace the human element of education. However, technology can improve the same sign as it can be forth systematic, efficient, and data-based decision making to K-12 education. For example, data coupled with AI and ML technology can assist in charting out a personalized learning path for an individual student. 

Imagine a student interested in medical sciences, yet the lack of a personalized learning program keeps students limited to the cramming of history and geography lessons. Or a student, who wishes to be a computer scientist, the traditional learning curriculum forces them to the anatomy classes because that is what the curriculum needs.

The situations described above are not hypothetical. Still, yet we have come across many kids who lose their interest due to mundane and outdated curriculum dragging a kid to a mundane classroom, eventually demolishing the natural talent or natural curiosity.

How Technology is Transforming K-12 Education

Due to the fast-paced adoption of digital technology catalyzed by the lockdown, schools, universities, business houses, online education providers, and data management methods have been propelled to work in tandem. This is ideal for educational institutes to experiment and employ new technologies to make imparting education meaningful and possible to ensure that the crisis doesn't hamper the curriculum. Technology has emerged as the new norm in almost every educational institute across the country.  Technologies like AI, ML, and IoT are being leveraged along with other EdTech tools to develop innovative and enhanced professional skills via online learning and assessment. 

The widespread adoption of technology in K-12 education has resulted in an unprecedented transformation from forced education to need and interest-based student-centric education. The use of advanced ed-tech tools helps parents, teachers, and school boards assess a student's skills in a meaningful way, identifying the interests and talents of students so that students can eventually choose their career path per their skills and interests. 

Some ways in which technology is revolutionizing the education system are: 

Tech-Based Assessment 

This is usually done by having students appear for tests on each topic taught and when it is completed in the curriculum. Setting up the right system in place can also help provide information on the checks and balances within the system. Collecting data on the student's score offers a two-fold benefit. Firstly, it reveals how well the student has grasped the subject matter or needs to revise the topics. It also shows a student's strengths and weaknesses. This, in turn, helps teachers set the individual assessments and plans accordingly. Undertaking actions at the appropriate time by harnessing technology can be the key to a student's success and improvement. 

Well-Structured & Simulated Learning

Experiential learning enhances interest. Students grasp and learn concepts better via practice and experimentation. This is where simulations are essential as they can help create real-life laboratory experiences for students within the comfort of their homes.  Instead of reading concepts, students can now firmly learn and imbibe the information presented through live experiments. Hence, technology enables students to learn in a safe environment without the risk of experimentation going wrong.

In addition to its numerous benefits, technology also helps eliminate geographical limitations when it comes to learning. Students from any part of the world can learn with a smartphone device and find the topics and subjects they are interested in, at their pace, from a coach they feel more confident about.  Even parents gain a more extensive choice about a tutor as they don't need to remain restricted to a tutor just because they happen to live close by. Hence, students from the remotest parts of the country can learn from the best teachers. 

Gamified Learning

The challenges inherent in our education system can be quickly addressed by adopting a gamified approach to learning. Online learning platforms offer relevant study materials to students, which help them study in a fun and engaging manner. The fantastic graphics generate curiosity in the minds of young children to learn more and in an improvised way. Moreover, since the core subjects like math and science are very complicated for a student to grasp, the gamification approach will help them learn these interestingly. Gamification indulges and hooks students in their studies better than reading textbooks as the audio and visuals enable them to understand efficiently.

All in all, we can say that technology as an enabler offers a sure shot way to render learning more effective and convenient. With exemplary educators who are well-trained and adept in using technology, the entire learning process could improve significantly.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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