Leveraging blended learning in the education sector

The synergy of technology and education has been manifesting for decades now, encouraging the consumption of education through different means. The advent of EdTech has encouraged accessibility and greater reach through the internet. According to reports, internet penetration in India is expected to reach 45% by the end of 2025, and digitization of education remains one of the key government agendas. The emergence of various online learning portals has sprung up to address the gaps caused by the pandemic, creating new avenues for learners across the country.

Educational institutions have stepped up modernized technology in teaching practices, techniques, and curricula. The pandemic has accelerated digital adoption and parents have understood the value, need, reach and power of technology to provide holistic education. Hybrid learning models add immense value to traditional education systems through the activation of technology. The EdTech boom, as seen today, is the result of the openness of all stakeholders – students, parents, teachers, public and private schools. According to a report by DataLabs by Inc42, nearly 186+ EdTech startups with significant growth spurt registered in 2020 mainly driven by K-12 segment.

EdTech has the potential to bridge existing learning gaps and overcome physical barriers. Here are some cutting-edge technologies that have enabled various schools to proactively introduce holistic and international education standards for students:

Device-based learning: Learning technologies help students study more effectively and track their progress in real time by measuring their learning outcomes. Interactive devices encourage them to engage in active learning, develop critical thinking skills and improve concept memory. E-learning solutions for smartphones also offer excellent educational tools, allowing students to learn at any time and organize their tasks.

Presentation of the LMS: A Learning Management System (LMS) is web-based software that allows you to create, deliver, track, and report on courses and learning outcomes. As an online learning platform, many schools have discovered many benefits of using the LMS. Post-COVID, they have become an essential part of any blended or distance learning setup. Whether it’s daily communication, keeping track of assignments, or even taking mock assessments, the LMS has introduced so much flexibility and convenience for both students and teachers. An integrated learning tool like ManageBac has become the first choice for many IB schools in India.

Interactive tables: The growing use of interactive whiteboards in schools is no surprise. An interactive smartboard, often called an electronic whiteboard, is an education technology that uses a digital projector to project graphics from a computer screen onto a classroom board. Using a tool, the teacher or a student can “interact” with the graphics on the screen with just a touch. This makes the whole classroom experience highly interactive and exciting.

Learning based on artificial intelligence: Artificial intelligence (AI) is undeniably paving the way for the future in many industries. The pandemic has also revealed new technological breakthroughs and improvements for effective and efficient performance. The system will gradually become faster by integrating artificial intelligence into personalized teaching, assessment and progress analysis.

Solutions focused on learning outcomes will pave the way for the future of education: EdTech offers many advantages, such as learning tailored to the individual needs of each student, allowing them to regulate the pace and iterations to improve their knowledge of the subject. With the use of simulation and augmented reality tools, EdTech is making significant progress in the academic field, transforming traditional methods of transmitting knowledge into a complete learning system.

According to the World Economic Forum (WHF), EdTech is now poised to revolutionize the existing educational structure. The use of AR, VR and AI technologies contributes to the efficiency of learning but makes it more accessible. EdTech’s most important promise is to increase everyone’s access to quality education, wherever they are, by bringing the best education to students for a better future.

(The author is the founder of Knowledgeum Academy)

Norma A. Roth