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What is Educational Technology?


Putting it simply, educational technology or EdTech is the use of software solutions, digital tools, and media that help in transferring knowledge and exchanging learning materials.

According to Forbes’s article by Daniel Newman who is a technology innovation specialist, educational technology brought drastic positive changes in learning. It says that advanced technologies enhanced the teacher’s instructions while simultaneously making learning a fun experience for the students.

Some of the noteworthy changes that students and teachers are experiencing today due to educational technology are:

1. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)
Augmented reality is enabling students to see science concepts as visual graphics on screen in the class or real-time environment. Virtual reality, on the other hand, lets students take an educational tour of places/destinations without leaving the classroom. Both technologies together are truly transforming the mode of teaching and creating immersive learning experiences for students. In short, it makes the lessons interesting and fun-filled for them.

2. Set of Devices for Classrooms
Educational technology bought a set of devices for classrooms, saying bye to the norm of BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices for students. They also no longer have to visit computer centers or technology labs. Students in most schools are provided with laptops, tablets, or iPads. In the pervasive online environment, it also became necessary for them to be aware of cyber security.

3. Personalized Education
One of the impactful changes brought by EdTech is personalized learning. In every aspect, whether it is a classroom, home study, or virtual session, students can get tailor-made learning experiences. It helps students choose learning patterns that suit their needs or capabilities. It also resulted in blended learning, which gave more responsibility to the student. They must interact with teachers directly and engage in discovery-based learning.

4. AI (Artificial Intelligence)
Lastly, the use of AI is one of the greatest technology benefits for students. It enabled 24×7 learning opportunities for students, task automation, access to global learning sources, and helped in closing skill gaps. In other words, AI widened the scope of personalized learning and is also assisting students to get answers/solutions quickly.



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Date of Input: 28/04/2023 | Updated: 08/06/2023 | aslamiah


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