10 Ways Digital Has Changed Education Forever

November 21, 2020
November 21, 2020 Peter Minkoff

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that still rages on, the world has changed in many ways. One of the areas that changed the most is education. Social distancing and lack of direct contact made both traditional lectures and workshops hard, if not impossible, to conduct. And the best way to change it is to adopt e-learning.

However, changes do not always go smoothly. It takes time and practice to adapt to new ways of learning and sharing information. But after months of education that happened online and hundreds of hours in virtual classrooms, we can say that digital learning is here to stay. So, let us explore some of the ways how it changed the way we teach and learn:

1.     Customized experience

Technology offers an opportunity for teachers to customize their teaching experience. The same goes for students. They can choose to watch videos or read texts at their own pace, while teachers may create tailor-made assignments for each student. This approach improves student participation and offers the possibility of immediate feedback on progress.

2.     Distant learning

Online platforms for learning are having hundreds of thousands of students. And most of them are not even in the same city, let alone a classroom. With technology at our disposal, being present in-person is no longer necessary. Especially if the current pandemic makes you worried about your child’s health, think about employing online tutoring at least until the epidemic subsides.

3.     Upgraded teaching

Adapting to the new ways of teaching is part of the change. Remote classrooms now consist of a screen that hosts many different screens, asking for a different approach. It also offers various ways to engage students with brainstorming or live debate and the possibility of exchanging information and getting feedback in real-time. Email, presentations, podcasts, short films are all there for a teacher to use and expand its tools.

4.     Virtual and augmented reality

With VR and AR being more present in everyday life, education is the area they blossom. The possibility to learn and train students in a real-like situation is immensely useful, especially in fields such as medicine. The possibility of engaging in certified courses on essential topics such as advanced cardiac life support can expand the practical knowledge of future or ongoing medical practitioners. It also shows that students can successfully learn skills that involve dexterous practice and direct interaction in an online environment.

5.     Gamification of learning

Digital technology offers several ways to employ gamification techniques in the education process. The teacher can gamify their material, and with that action alone can count on improved motivation and engagement. Using leaderboards, scores, and badges creates an atmosphere where a digital classroom is a place of games and competition that supports collaboration and teamwork. Only together can they have victory and learn something, too!

6.     Blockchain technology

Everybody has heard about bitcoin, crypto mining, and how it changed the way we perceive finance. Is it possible to use this technology in education? There are promising initiatives, such as collecting and maintaining student information or testing new models of learning. The traditional way in which the teacher is the broadcaster of facts and lead is not adequate for the new generation eager to participate. Blockchain offers precisely that possibility. 

7.     AI

Teachers can make AI be part of education in various ways. First, it can help automate activities such as providing feedback and grading students. Second, it can take a basic tutoring role and help develop personalized learning by analyzing patterns of data and providing insights to students. AI can also customize textbooks for specific students, from general facts to focus on particular knowledge.

8.     Cloud and collaboration

Cloud technologies are offering various ways for students to collaborate. It also gives teachers the possibility to assign complex team-based assignments. Students may access and add or change information at any time and get feedback from the teacher on their progress. Project-based learning can genuinely blossom in this environment, as building a digital prototype or minimum viable product is easier than ever.

9.     Mobile integration

Smartphones and tablets are not just chatting tools, cameras, or video streaming devices but also excellent educational tools. Creating a mobile application is made easy, and teachers can either make one themselves to engage students. Or delegate creation as an assignment to stimulate using the device in different ways. Students may create vlogs, photos, take screenshots of chats as part of their projects, and share it easily with the teacher or other students.

10. E-book case

Bags full of books that students must drag everywhere are a thing of the past. Educational materials and tools can now reside on the cloud, accessible to everyone. Students can download them for reading offline, mark them, and type their notes. It also makes comparing the notes and ideas between students much more straightforward.

Digital technology changed many aspects of our lives, and education is no exception. Embracing every teacher and student’s opportunities that new technology offers is crucial in revolutionizing education in these difficult times.

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