Teachers are typically up to date with the current lingo of young students and are therefore apprised of new technologies as well. Tech is playing an integral role in developing and advancing teaching and learning in classrooms, from pre-K to the highest levels of academia. Technology is entering all parts of our lives, and education is no exception.
Advances in technology are making students realise the benefits of online learning. Teachers and college administrators are looking for creative ways to incorporate new technologies into their classrooms and campuses. Technology will hopefully be the catalyst to creating educational equity for students in low-income and rural areas who don’t have access to the same programs and resources of their wealthier peers.
Tech skills are becoming life skills
Our world is increasingly reliant on technology. Parents are using apps and other technologies to introduce education and problem solving at an early age. Curriculums will begin to incorporate basic coding skills, like HTML, into middle school classrooms. School projects will evolve from poster boards and PowerPoint presentations. Tech skills are necessary to become a contributing member to society. Students must learn these skills at an early age.
Nearly every profession involves an intricate understanding of technology. Teachers, nurses, and police officers use technology daily in their professions. These jobs often require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to obtain entry-level jobs in these fields. Understanding technology is paramount to earning promotions and larger salaries.
Teachers will use more data
Technology isn’t only for students. Teachers will implement new uses of technology to increase the effectiveness of their instruction. Incorporating more technology into the classroom will collect more data than teachers were able to observe without the use of technology. Teachers are already intentional about the questions they ask and the methods they use to collect useful information. New data and technologies will allow teachers to discern insights they weren’t able to discern before.
Using and analysing data will be crucial to create an equitable education for students who live in underserved areas. Improving educational standards in rural and low-income areas will give more students access to higher degree levels. Data will help colleges and universities to increase the percentage of students who graduate on time. College educators will use data to determine what personality traits correlate with success at their school. High school teachers and parents will instil those habits and skills into their children.
Remote learning will be just as viable as remote work
Covid-19 was a great awakening for introducing employers and employees to remote work. Online learning was established before the pandemic but is also becoming more utilised by students pursuing various degree levels. The ease and accessibility of online learning will make it easy to promote to potential students. Online courses give more access to students in non-traditional settings, such as parents, career changers, and full-time professionals. Work from home allowed people to complete their work at their own pace. Online courses will do the same for learning.
Online learning is a great option for students who need more time to process new material. The ability to view recorded lessons multiple times or look up additional material to better understand the topic can impact non-traditional students. Some of the best online degrees are self-paced and don’t require students to progress at breakneck speeds. Faculty and students will continue to pick online learning for the flexible options it offers. Online learning is a great substitute for in-person learning, but many feel online learning isn’t the best fit for their learning style.
All learning won’t be online
Even though many students and teachers enjoyed the benefits of remote learning, it isn’t the best fit for everyone. Education is rooted in human interactions. Group projects, tutoring, and discussion are essential parts of learning. They can be implemented into virtual learning, but it isn’t quite the same as in-person classes. Those who prefer to learn in person will when possible, but online has become an equally viable option if in-person learning isn’t possible. As EdTech continues to advance, online and in-person learning will start to look more similar, especially as more learners opt to take advantage of online learning.
As tech evolves, so will its applications in elementary classrooms and college campuses. Education is an industry that embraces changes and looks for ways to better serve teachers and students. Online learning will keep building momentum.