Is an end-of-year test really an authentic way to test a student’s capabilities? It’s a question that keeps rearing its head in education everywhere. We believe this is where EdTech comes in! In this blog, we’re saying goodbye failure, hello future, as we dig into its ability to shift methods of assessment in education.
What is EdTech?
EdTech stands for “Education Technology” and simply means “digital technology used to facilitate learning”. The EdTech field is truly enormous and encompasses a variety of studies. Whether you’re looking to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into your classroom or you’re seeking out the best digital portfolios or grade book – there’s a technological advancement in almost every part of the education sphere.
There are countless ways Education Technology can help students succeed. Here’s how:
1. Supports 24/7 Learning
EdTech helps students with 24/7 learning. Bringing learning materials online with tools like digital textbooks and online chats, means students can access content and conduct learning when it makes the most sense for them. This helps them sit down and study with a more positive attitude, knowing they have access to the support they need, whenever they need it. Some teachers may even record videos of discussions and post it on their class site for access at a later time. This is why integration with all your favorite tools like YouTube is so important.
2. Builds 21st Century Skills
With advancements in technology comes new jobs in technology. There are hundreds of new occupations that rely on tech skills. Whether they’re more basic like typing on your laptop or more complex like coding a website, having 21st century skills is a must for students and EdTech is helping achieve them.
One of the most obvious ways EdTech is building these new skills is through social media. Almost all current students are familiar with how to use social through their personal experiences. Most CMS providers will offer some type of feature that lets your school website integrate with its social media accounts. By tying social into the world of education, students gain the value of utilizing multiple communication platforms in the digital age.
Outside of the school’s website, most schools now offer tech classes like data science, computer programming, or even app building. This shift in courses is incredibly important as many students won’t have the experience required to get a job in these fields without it.
3. Increases Student Engagement
I think it’s safe to say that learning on an overhead projector can sometimes be a bit dull. Thankfully, new technology in education is making learning incredibly exciting and possibly even (dare we say it), fun! Students are no longer reading a textbook on how the economy works. They can now play interactive games online that simulate the process. Not to mention virtual reality. Although still pretty new to the classroom, many art classes are beginning to acquire VR tools that let students draw and create in 3D. This gives them a completely new outlook on art and inspiring even the most pragmatic thinkers to spark some creativity.
When students are intrigued by how they’re learning, they’re more likely to want to learn, which ultimately increases engagement!
4. Accelerates the Rate of Learning
Naturally, with increased engagement comes accelerated learning. And with new tools that make old processes a lot faster, students are learning at a quicker rate. Think about how long it used to take to type a paper before computers. Although typewriters were advanced tools at the time, deleting a mistake is a lot easier on your laptop.
Quicker learning doesn’t mean less learning, thankfully. Given that many of these new tools are more engaging, students are able to retain their learning at a faster pace due to interactive experiences with information.
5. Gives Students Control
One of the more surprising ways we’ve seen EdTech increase student success is through independence. It gives students more control over their learning journey. With new technology catered to different learning styles, students are able to explore their options and find out what works best for them. If you’re a visual learner, video may be your forte. For those who learn better by writing, weekly blogs have become very popular with young students.
Many students now also own their own digital portfolio, where they can upload their own content. This allows them to constantly evaluate themselves and have a private secure space to set their own goals and showcase their best work throughout the year.
6. Education for Everyone
While standardized tests are probably here to stay for a while longer, EdTech provides alternative options for measuring student success throughout the entire school year. Not to mention, it also helps provide students with alternative ways to take their exams.
New advancements like digital gradebooks help students monitor their grades throughout the whole school year, instead of just the end of the semester or quarter. This opens up an avenue where students are judged on their progress, not just their grades, ultimately giving them greater clarity into how they can improve.
Over a decade ago, there were really only two ways to take an exam: written essays or multiple choice. Nowadays, students who may struggle with writing can record themselves verbally answering questions by uploading a video. This helps fairly test all students, meaning education can be for everyone.
We are passionate about what we do here at Scholantis, because we truly believe EdTech gives every student a chance to excel and find out what works best for them. Students can now conduct their own evaluations. They can determine where they have gaps in their own learning, giving them more power and potential than ever before. With all these great new tools available, the only thing to do is decide which will be your favorite!
Want to talk to us more about the EdTech tools we have to offer? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a kick-off demo.