Information technologies are developing rapidly and changing the entire traditional approach to education. Currently, education is becoming high-tech. Modern technologies open up unlimited opportunities for unprecedented collaboration, engagement, and support in the learning process. According to research, students and teachers perform more effectively when they use some gadgets during the lesson. Moreover, technology solutions can make remote learning a success. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s review the top 5 technologies that impact education.
Top 5 Technologies reshaping Education
All new technologies used in education are aimed to make the learning process faster, simpler, and more effective. Technologies like AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, AR, and VR will define the future of modern education. Let’s take a closer look at them below.
1. Video-assisted Remote Learning
This technology is already used in many modern classrooms and has a significant potential for development. Video in the process of education provides new opportunities to develop knowledge, competence, and skills, increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. It can also make a learning process more flexible for everyone. Students can create their own learning paths, using video-based content in their education process to develop a particular skill or fill the knowledge gap that opens up a huge opportunity for personalization. Moreover, companies can take advantage of video-assisted learning when onboarding their employees remotely.
2. AI-driven Assessments
Artificial intelligence, voice assistants, and chatbots have become the norm in our life. For example, Chatbots powered with AI technology can create personalized questionnaires or situational judgment tests to assess each student’s progress. Not only does AI technology help you analyze a big amount of data more efficiently and in a short period of time, but AI-powered solutions also strictly follow the instructions and provide an objective assessment no matter who’s taking the test. Moreover, you can integrate a learning experience platform (LXP) powered with AI to manage, track all learning opportunities and gain insight into content usage, student activity, and performance assessment. So, when we talk about artificial intelligence, we talk about personalization. As a result, assessments and questionnaires can become even more personalized, than made by humans. And if we consider that machines can remove the subjectivity of people, we will receive perfect tools for any form of testing.
IoT or the internet of things will change the human-to-machine and machine-to-human types of communication. This technology consists of numerous devices that are connected to one local network and has the access to the internet. It gives a huge opportunity for education and can significantly improve personal learning by collecting a numerous amount of data as well as giving an outstanding personalization. For example, IoT devices can control the attendance of the students and automatically send data to their parents in case the attendance level is low. Another implementation of IoT is tablets instead of a book. These devices can fulfill numerous tasks: from an alternative to a library to a personal learning assistant. In addition to that, IoT can help in implementing personalized learning programs – weaker students will receive modified programs which will meet their special needs. As you see, the IoT has a broad field of implementation and creating a personalized environment. It will make human-machine communication more effective.
4. Immersive Learning with AR and VR
Immersive learning means education in an interactive environment. Augmented reality and Virtual reality are the perfect choices for it. Basically, AR adds virtual elements to our live view, while VR is a fully virtual interactive environment. These technologies can be used for different tasks. For example, AR can be used to acquire relatively simple information, while VR will be better when teaching some complicated and dangerous tasks such as surgery or work with dangerous chemicals. Despite the fact that these technologies are relatively costly, the benefits they provide can give a significant effect in the long run. AR and VR are perfect for applying in medicine, aviation, military, and many others. It is possible to say that in the nearest future these technologies will become cheaper and provide more realistic surroundings, which means more effective immersive learning.
5. Big Data
In today’s world, we produce a lot of information in different forms, from different sources, and at high speed. As a result, scientists created the term of big data, which means that the amount of data is so large and complex that traditional methods of work with information are unable to help. Big data differs from original information due to volume – organizations collect data from a significant amount of sources, velocity – new data emerge at a fast pace, variety – data exists in many formats: video files, text, audio, and others. Educational big data opens up a lot of opportunities for improving students’ performance, creating new educational methods and approaches. For example, big data analytics can measure the student’s results through the exams and calculate his/her favorite subjects. This data can be later used for the creation of a perfectly personalized learning process and help students to develop their strong threats and do what they really like.
Modern technologies are on the rise and will continue to rapidly transform education. IoT, AR, VR, Artificial intelligence, video-assisted learning are widely used among many educational institutions. They allow teachers to create more effective and personalized experiences for students and make the education process more efficient and effective. In addition to that, they bring new models for learning and teaching and enhance the experience of each student and educator as well.
Alexey Kutsenko is the CMO at DDI Development company. He is passionate about the technology strategies of companies in various industries as usually it is the main driving force of the company’s future.