In the learning scope of today, teaching confronts a new challenge and therefore the tech role can never be underrated and this has become central as hybrid learning is an offspring of such premium technology. As a matter of factly, Google has gone on to celebrate such tech use in education and training (or EduTech) by recognizing the outstanding performers in the field and by awarding them with Google Reference Schools award recently. In India, there are selected three such schools, namely, Sanskriti Schools, Delhi, Fountainhead School, Surat and The Green Acres Academy, Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Bani Paintal Dhawan, head of education, India and South Asia, Google, remarked, “Google Reference Schools are recognized by Google for their significant use of Google technologies and educational tools to drive positive change to the way teaching and learning takes place in the classroom.”
Ms. Bani adds, “The Google Reference School Program is an invite-only programme. The application process considers a school’s vision in adopting technology, the journey they have had so far and the impact technology has made on the four pillars of the school: Teachers, Students, Parents and management.”
Inevitably, imparting education and training beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar structures has found a new avenue with technology in our hands and online academic training fast surfaces.
Ms. Bani further reveals, “Social science teachers at Sanskriti School used digital storytelling as an instructional tool to enrich the teacher-learning experience. Students created their own digital stories showcasing their depth of applied content, research skills and ability to take ownership of their learning.
Besides, at the Green Acres Academy, Chembur, Mumbai, precise management of Live Stream, Meet, Google sites alongside a handful of Chrome extensions have been there for engaging a big number of community members throughout the dark pandemic age, which has stalled activities. However, even the parents were also pulled in for workshops piggybacking on such exclusive Google software. Then, the YouTube platform was selected for an extensive webinar on numerous topics.
Needless to say, but the hardships of lockdown have turned into an opportunity as technology is enmeshed in everyday learning and skill-building is given a new definition.
Iconic tech scholar (as a business enterprise) has obliged CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) in India and a roadmap is prepared to train a million teachers and 10 million students across the country under the purview of AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) in the approaching 3 years. However, Meta has already uncovered crucial training courses on online well-being, digital safety and AR/VR.
Laying bare before the media, Biswajit Saha, director CBSE, summed up, “AR and VR will be introduced as a skill subject, for classes VI to VIII and it will be integrated into STEM education till class XII. The vision is to democratize and universalize STEM education. The students will get to learn the theory part and will also have projects and internships. We are also planning to have lab experiments to make learning more immersive and experiential. In addition to this, students will also be encouraged to leverage AR and VR in entrepreneurship. Some of the topics that will be covered are: Digital Etiquettes, Well Being, Digital Citizenship, Digital Footprints, Cyber Safety and Security. Students would also be given the knowledge to take care of passwords.”
This makes Manav Subodh, who co-founded 1M1B Foundation, which looks after the strategy implementation, full of hope and positivity that a new workforce, would emerge as a result, as youngsters will have access to the latest set of technologies.
He is prompted to reveal, “The simplest form of introducing AR is by involving the students to learn it. AR, VR, AI and ML are the subjects that must be included in the curriculum. NEP 2020 emphasises immersive, visual and experiential learning and this move will cut across the infrastructural challenges.”
Now, Joseph Emmanuel, Director CBSE (Academics), points outs, “All the technical aspects related to AR/ VR at an age-appropriate level will be taught to the students in a well-defined way in this emerging knowledge domain. Also, the students will be made to understand both the theoretical as well as practical aspect of the new technology and the marks scored by the students will be added to their internal assessment”.
Solutions replete with AI put forth a wide range of options before the students as well as to researchers and their needs and interests are fully flattened.
The education sector has witnessed a revolution, a tectonic shift that has hugely disrupted teaching and learning deeply. Especially, 2021 has been the most crucial in the field, as a tech in woven with the teaching pedagogy.
Pen and paper are no longer used to appear for exams today and online proctored exams are in practice, which lay down fair means and empower students to plan their exams with towering convenience. There is a wide array of cutting-edge technologies which have decorated our practice in 2020-21, such as:
- Secure browsing,
- Remote proctoring,
- Remote candidate authentication,
- Record review and so forth.
Besides, many different tasks can now be accomplished through a single platform. For instance:
ü Creating question papers,
ü Creating digital evaluation,
ü Making Payments,
ü Activities done before and after the exam.
Some of the prime Edtech trends which have recently risen to prominence are:
- Virtual classrooms,
- Personalized learning,
- Online admissions,
- Platforms powered by Cloud,
- Block-based coding system,
- Digital classes etc.
Tools That Are Key To Innovation:
To aid admission in academics, this is necessary that technology should be relied upon, No doubt, a handful of things have become pretty crucial to us in present times, such as:
- Having a comprehensive website,
- Running paid Ads,
- Proper keyword selection,
Academic institutions have now utilized remote learning platforms to engage students.
Further in the funnel, we have animated learning, e-books, pre-recorded classes and live video which have inundated the education field with new excitement. Clearly, in the coming years, the tech will be more palatable and such tools are in the development process to transform education and learning into an easy and secured affair from anywhere.
In a remote learning phenomenon, student engagement is facilitated by AR, VR, AI-enabled platforms, automated grading systems and so forth.