Hello, I’m Artur, and I’m here today to talk about technology’s positive impact on the education industry. You might remember me from my other Saving Talents guest posts Upcoming Work Trends : Are You Ready for the Jobs of the Future? and How to Know When It’s Time to Find a New Job.
Technology is making big waves in the education industry. Teachers and students are finding new uses for technology to increase the impact of education. The education industry has been too reliant on age-old textbooks and general education requirements; technology is changing that.
Technology is infiltrating education at all levels. Young students are learning technology skills that many adults can’t perform. They log into conference calls and submit work virtually, just like students at the highest degree levels.
Technology Prevents Students From Learning Old Information
Textbooks, which used to be central to the classroom, are taking a seat in the back row as new technology enhances the ways teachers can reach students. Teachers are using technology to quickly share instructional materials with students without the need for physical materials. Not only can teachers send materials virtually, but teachers have increased access to the highest quality materials.
The switch to online resources means that outdated information won’t be taught in schools. Technology is updated more quickly and cheaply than physical books. Books are expensive to replace, which gives schools more reasons to subscribe to software programs instead of getting new books.
Books aren’t an issue at the best online colleges. Online courses keep students privy to the most up-to-date resources available. Even before Covid-19, colleges perfected different online learning methods that rival the education students receive during in-person classes. As technology becomes central to education at all levels, students will graduate with up-to-date knowledge and skills.
Technology Is Creating Individualized Education
In a single classroom, there are dozens of different skill levels between students. Even the most skilled teacher can’t deliver a unique experience to each of their students. Teachers often have to teach to the middle half of the class, which is too hard for the lowest students and too easy for the highest students.
Students learn best when work is equal parts challenging and accessible. Educational technology tailors instruction and practice problems to the correct level of a student.
These programs use data science to assess students’ skill levels and supply them with corrective lessons or extra practice to bolster their skills.
These tailored lessons will help teachers to get the most of students at the highest and lowest levels.
Students Will Have Access to Real-Life Data
Students completing case studies have easy access to real-life data that is only a few clicks away. Instead of outdated or fabricated scenarios, students can do case studies on events that are happening in the world around them. Public information is widely available for students to work on issues they are passionate about.
Using real-life data adds a layer of passion students wouldn’t normally get from fictional scenarios. The immediacy and relevancy of real-life problems add weight to the projects encouraging students to do their best. Additionally, these real-life projects can be put directly into a student’s portfolios as they transition from college to the workforce.
Students pursuing computer science degrees are able to create programs and apps that they can use to launch problems they see in the world. These projects often become businesses and can disrupt industries or be purchased by larger tech companies.
Technology Makes Learning More Accessible
The biggest impact technology has on the education industry is probably the ability to motivate students to learn anywhere. As Covid-19 is forcing more classes online, students don’t have to live near major universities to attend classes since they can attend them virtually.
You don’t even need to be enrolled in school to learn a new skill. There are thousands of DIY tutorials for learning to code, create websites, or become graphic designers.
The transition to online learning doesn’t only enable people to learn anywhere but also anytime. Open source and self-pace classes allow students to learn whenever they can find the time. This is perfect for stay-at-home parents who want to earn their master’s degrees but don’t have consistent schedules because of their children.
Technology also makes high-quality courses available for people who don’t have discretionary funds for education expenses. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are free for anyone to take and are from the world’s top educational institutions.
Technology Is Moving Education Forward
The education industry is truly using technology to bring education to more people and making it more effective. The ability to meet students where they are at (time, skill level, cost) makes education more accessible to everyone and will hopefully spawn more innovations to the industry.
About the Author
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma, an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.
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