The Path Technology Taking in Education 

Schools have increased their reliance on innovation with the adoption of assistive technology in the classroom. 

Modernized schools and education institutions have increased their reliance on innovation with the adoption of assistive technology in the classroom to create healthier environments for students. 

Over time, educational models have changed to keep up with society, adapting to the needs of each era. Today’s education has become so vastly distinguished from what it was a hundred years ago. Now, technology allows for more personalized education, catering to the specific needs and learning speeds of each student. 

Today, using technology in the classroom has become one of the most effective learning tools for our generation as it actively helps students participate in learning, involving them in problem-solving, mastery learning, and discussions. The recent adoption has given the student more power to take initiative and make things happen through the replay of activities while trying out different approaches. 

Engagement in Technology  

With technology, there is a worry that children are becoming less focused in school. Educational technologies (Edu-Tech) companies are offering a potential solution for schools which are platforms to measure students’ engagement. Students in schools and universities are now very familiar with ‘online learning platforms. These digital spaces provide educational content and resources for any subject, allowing students to learn both in class and at home. 

‘Engagement data’ measures how students interact with and on these platforms, rather than focusing on their results or learning outcomes. Teachers can view this data through dashboards, and it is currently more prevalent in higher education, where systems like Moodle and Brightspace deliver online content. Such platforms track various areas, such as participation in discussion forums, pages viewed, and assignments submitted. 

Engagement data is becoming common in schools. For example, an online platform called Education Perfect is used by over 2,000 schools in Australia. It provides online content for students from year 5 to year 12 across various subjects and offers analytics on student engagement, including time spent on activities and the number of activities completed. It also shows the last login time of students. 

Like everything in life, education, changes and adapts to the trends to meet the needs of students. How about if these trends involve the presence of assistive technology in the classroom, will this improve classrooms and students’ engagement? 

  • Technology Serving Education  

Digital tools and platforms are present in classrooms, allowing the educational field to provide personalized learning experiences. In education, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ teaching approach but there is personalized learning which means each student gets a plan tailored to meeting their needs, knowledge, skills, and interests. By using AI and machine learning, we can support adaptive learning, create smart tutoring systems, and make decisions based on data. 

  • Globalization of Educational Technology 

Advancements assistive technology in the classroom now provide better connectivity, allowing students to access educational resources at anytime and anywhere, and to connect with peers worldwide. Today’s children are known to be a tech generation, and this easily allows the students to get in touch without fear. Global education prepares the students to minimize distances to learn about different cultures and gain new insights, offering benefits of minimizing distances using technology is building international relationships and future business partnerships. 

Key benefits of globalized education are quite remarkable in this case as they include increased cultural awareness, improved international collaboration, as well as reduced racism and discrimination.  

Futuristic Technological Vision 

The presence of technology for students at a young age is very important. The learning process should not only include traditional methods of teaching but also modern ones. It should encompass how to use technology safely and normalize the idea that technology can be an aid for both students and teachers. This approach would create a smoother learning environment for everyone and contribute to a better future for our upcoming leaders, our students. 

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