Developments in Educational Technology

Education Technology Insights | Saturday, May 28, 2022

To enable e-learning, many schools are trying to provide each student with a laptop or tablet, creating a 1:1 student to device ratio.

FREMONT, CA: The EdTech space is developing at a rapid pace. In addition to a drastic increase in remote learning, a wide range of new technologies and platforms are making their way into physical and virtual classrooms across the globe.

 Digital Textbooks and Immersive Learning

Immersive learning is a method that leverages augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D simulations to develop highly interactive virtual learning environments. Nowadays, VR solutions from vendors like Oculus, ClassVR, and RobotLAB have become more common in classrooms for lessons in everything from STEM to history.

 Digital textbooks also play a similar role in changing how education is delivered. Physical books are expensive, hard to distribute and collect from remote students, impossible to update, and subject to supply chain challenges, as we saw in 2021. Digital textbooks address the above challenges, can integrate with e-learning platforms, and help create an interactive learning experience.

 Game-based Learning

Students play digital or non-digital games that reinforce specific concepts and skills through game-based learning. This active learning technique can be a great way to keep students engaged. As a result, game-based learning platforms like EdApp, Kahoot!, and Hoopla are gaining popularity.

Trend: "the flipped classroom" and Blended Learning

Blended learning is a hybrid online and in-person approach to education that has become commonplace in modern schools. When physically present in class, enabling learning isn't possible; blended learning can help optimize how lessons are delivered towards a learner-centered model.

Flipped classrooms are one kind of blended learning that reverses the traditional approach to lectures and activities. Students may watch courses, research class-related topics, and discuss lessons from home in a flipped classroom. In addition, they'll engage in activities focused on problem-solving and getting hands-on. This "flipped" approach aims to maximize the benefits of in-person collaboration between students and guidance from instructors.

Network issues can ruin online learning experiences, so IT needs to be able to quickly detect and address minor issues before they become major problems. Solutions like Auvik’s TrafficInsights enable IT to promptly identify bandwidth hogs and drill down into flow data for rapid root cause analysis and issue resolution.

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