How has remote learning transformed the EdTech sector for the better?
For parents, students, teachers and those working on the cliff face of Edtech, the last 18 months has been something of a challenge thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. Education was forced out of the classroom to be replaced with remote learning, for the first time in history.
Remote learning has revolutionised the way that we deliver learning and engage with students. Despite the numerous hurdles we have experienced, there have been some real positive lessons to learn from this period of educational revolution, so let’s examine what we can take away from this period of prolonged remote learning.
From the physical location that education is delivered to the Edtech tools that teachers and educators needed to utilise to engage their students, the need to facilitate remote learning quickly has seen the education sector adopt new technologies at a lightning pace.
Not only have students and parents been expected to adopt new remote learning technologies quickly to facilitate learning, but many teachers and educators needed to find their feet almost instantly with new digital tools and find ways of making these apps and tools work within their educational framework which has resulted in an exciting new way of learning around the world.
This has shown that educating the educators on how to make the most of their remote learning tools is just as crucial as the Edtech technology itself, making it an important lesson to learn in terms of staff development for the future.
What have we learned?
Despite the many challenges that remote learning created for schools, parents, teachers and students, one stand out takeaway from the last 18 months is that Edtech taught all of these key stakeholders to communicate with others in new ways and helped many learners try new forms of expression.
For example, for young children who find it hard to communicate via the written word, new video technology and apps allowed them the opportunity to verbalise stories and work on their soft skills outside of a classroom setting which can only be a plus point following months of disrupted learning.
Another great benefit of this is that we are now better placed than ever to help students who can’t attend school due to illness, to continue to access their education more efficiently than ever.
How will this change the EdTech sector going forward?
If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that Edtech is now more important than ever before.
By placing greater emphasis upon the need for blended learning that can be delivered in a multitude of settings by educators who feel empowered and confident in doing so, the investment in these new apps and digital technologies for schools, colleges and universities are no longer viewed as a ‘nice to have’ but rather an essential element of any educational strategy.
Therefore, investment in the Edtech sector is continuing to grow as all stakeholders have enjoyed the benefits it has to offer first-hand, with new tools and apps to enhance learner engagement for all set to follow as we move towards 2022.