The practice of introducing IT tools into the classroom to create a more engaging, inclusive, and personalised learning experience is known as Edtech. Today’s schools are tech-infused with tablets, interactive online courses, and even robots that can take notes and record lectures for students who are unwell. A far cry from the clunky desktops, piece of paper and wooden rulers that used to be the norm.
While adults found it easier to adjust to the new normal and work from home, teachers and students struggled to work hard to keep the learning going. Edtech, or the use of technology in education, has been around for a long time, but it was never considered a replacement for classroom instruction. Parents have always favoured the live learning environment as the best method. There is a significant need and demand for upskilling Edtech learning programs to assist learners in attaining their objectives of honing such skills by becoming job-ready for professions that will remain in demand during these tough years. Growing collaborations between traditional education players and edtech companies is one trend we are seeing during the COVID situation.
The United Kingdom leads Europe in venture funding and angel investing in education technology accounting for 34% of total investment in the sector where Schools spend roughly £900 million a year on EdTech, and the UK is home to at least one-quarter of Europe’s EdTech companies (1,200 firms). There is no escaping the fact that our future generations will be strongly tied to emerging technologies. With smart houses, cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) on the rapid increase, if we don’t align education with that same level of development expertise, students of less tech-savvy families would be bound to fall through the disparities.
There is indeed an evident need to prepare our students for employment in this age of automation now, and to motivate them to be transformative lifelong learners, capable of learning new skills for every obstacle they face.