As is the case with any sector-level transformation, there are opinions and they are usually binary between ‘good’ and ‘bad’. With that mind, in the context of digital transformation in the education sector, those in favor usually point towards the prospect for increased experimentation, resources, efficiency, and life skill development.
Experimentation and Feedback
On-the-fly quizzes and up-to-date lesson content are two factors in which EdTech is more dynamic than the old ways. The fact is, considering EdTech’s always-connected status, teachers have been given the tools for infinite experimentation and near-instantaneous feedback.
- Want to test out a new learning tool? No problem.
- Want to ensure that your students are understanding new material? Give them a quiz.
- Realize that your lesson material is slightly out-of-date? Update it seamlessly!
The fact of the matter is that, when it comes to the digital transformation of the education sector, you can experiment whenever you please and can act on the results however you see fit.
An Abundance of Resources
When it comes to EdTech, teachers will never have to worry about resource limitations. When an interactive whiteboard’s native software is taken into account with its Internet-connectivity, resources are practically infinite. These may range from media integration to live annotation and gamification, but honestly, the only limitations are the teacher’s creativity and technological literacy.
Automation and Efficiency
The development of young and not-so-young minds may be the goal of education, but unfortunately, it’s not the only focus. The truth is that teaching is filled with annoying but necessary side tasks that ultimately distract from the goal at hand. This includes grading, attendance, communicating with students, and all the busywork of education.
However, through EdTech and the digital transformation of the education sector teachers can delegate those administrative distractions to their newly-acquired EdTech tools. As a result, those properly using EdTech devices may find that their day-to-day teaching experiences are much more efficient.
Life Skill Development
No matter how you feel about technology’s presence in our modern world, it’s here to stay. Whether you’re looking for a job or trying to communicate with a friend on the other side of the world, the use of technology has gone from a quirky hobby to a necessity in a matter of years. That’s where Edtech and the education sector’s digital transformation plays a large role. By exposing students, especially the younger ones, to this technology, they will be set for life. In practice, manifestations include source literacy and digital presentation creation. As such, by considering technology use a life school, there’s no better time to learn than when brains are still developing.