Education technology (also known as “edtech”) too often seems like a luxury found only in “flourishing” communities. But while it does have the potential to worsen inequities in education, it can actually serve as a great equalizer in improving the quality of education for children in need.
Teachers want to use more technology in the classroom. The kids seem to really enjoy it and are thrilled about using it. However, those interested in using technology need to be informed on what’s out there. The world is moving towards technology at a fast pace. Educators have a responsibility to introduce, encourage, and help students to be proficient in the use of technology, as well as subjects, as it applies to school and the future. Technology will be used in every aspect of the professional lives of current students. So upon graduation, whether the next step is college or career, technology will be used daily. Likewise, using technology the classroom can be taken anywhere. With all the knowledge and resources gotten and the result gotten on demand on a mobile device, students can learn at home or in the “school”. Mobile technology allows for greater cooperation between students fostering strong base in group work.
Good education emancipates countries like America to move up the economic ladder. But today the education system fails millions of low-income students and is no longer the great opportunity equalizer. So it is time to take some hard and required actions quickly..
The essence of technology in everyday life is such that much learning with ICT now takes place outside of formal educational environments. Some researchers claims that the use of technology in the classroom is not recurrent and more restrained than predicted. Yelland (2003) suggests that after-school environments may be more conducive for learning because children have access to more interesting software and are freer to explore and collaborate with others in solving problems. However, educational researchers are increasingly studying how children interact with technology in naturalistic settings and applying what they are learning to increase the power of technology as a teaching and learning tool.
Edtech can help teachers prioritize instruction for those most in need, without raising costs
For centuries, teachers have been expected to design lesson plans, deliver content, keep students engaged, and produce learning outcomes, day in and day out. These expectations are particularly challenging to meet in low-income countries, where teachers often have not had the opportunity or training to master the content they teach.
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Edtech can deliver quality content and competency learning to all students.
Thankfully, we are now much better informed by years of research about what makes good pedagogy and sound instruction. That learning is now integrated within the best tech-based learning programs.
Edtech can be deployed in lower-resource schools, even those with low connectivity, while improving learning for lower-income students
There is a common claim that edtech only works in higher-income schools with fast broadband internet and highly trained teachers. While such environments certainly present an ideal context, lower-income communities that may have less-prepared teachers and low-to-no connectivity have also successfully implemented edtech solutions with significant results.
Lifelearners Academy uses tech to help deliver high-quality learning, we use tech to provide teachers with continual professional development support and teaching best practices. Life learners also delivers lesson plans using school curriculum. Our cinnamon hub device can also connect all students in classroom and their teachers allows for real-time learning and studying of the educational contents on the device with and without internet connectivity. No matter how remote the classroom, the tech is delivering results.
In conclusion, it has been suggested that technology is a great equalizer, that for many people with disabilities technology can serve as a kind cognitive prosthesis to overcome or compensate for differences among learners. This idea has important implications for learners with disabilities and special educational needs because it suggests that technology can help create the conditions for equal opportunity to learn and equal access to the curriculum for all. the application of ICT, the ways in which teachers use it, must start with the teacher and the kind of learning they want to foster. Means (1994) categorizes ICT by the ways in which it is used in teaching. From her perspective, ICT can be used to tutor or to explore; it can be applied as a tool and it can be used to communicate. In the field of special education, ICT is also used for assessment and management purposes.
The impracticality of one-to-one work at computer stations, changing views of teaching and learning, and advances in technology led to the development of more sophisticated and complex tutor programs as well as group approaches to learning with technology.
Article by: Busayo Tomoh