We are currently living in a society that has been irrevocably changed by the rise of technological advancement. Businesses invest in collaborations with digital agency companies to strengthen their presence in an increasingly digital world. Whole industries have taken their methods and models online. We are seeing the beginnings of semi-autonomous vehicles. The impact that technological advancement has had on the world has been profound in so many ways, and there has been so much change, especially to industries around us.
The education sector is one that has been historically traditionally inclined, and while that inclination is not necessarily going out the door, it is definitely shifting over to make room for the modern technological disruption known as EdTech (education technology). EdTech is an industry-wide revolutionary advancement that, contrary to popular belief, is making (and will continue to make) education more empowered, stronger, more capable.
This is one of the industries that really pushed back against digital disruption in the beginning. Educators have expressed concerns that EdTech is a development designed to take over their position in the industry, which is not true (yet understandable). Realistically, the entire education industry is set to benefit tremendously from EdTech. Educators, students, and the sector as a whole are already benefiting. This will continue. But how did we get here?
When EdTech first entered the academic stratosphere, educators who were accustomed to the traditional methods and models that the sector had operated around for so long were confused, frightened, even angry. They felt, initially, that EdTech was a design created to take over their position in the industry. As EdTech has begun to shift more securely into the sector, however, educators have (for the most part) realised that EdTech is designed to strengthen the industry, working with educators, not against them.
The generation of students going through the education system right now are the first generations that grew up surrounded by technology and digitalisation. Prior to their arrival, EdTech was only trickling into existence, but the solution was met with little to no response from students, because they were unfamiliar with the tech. The present generation in school now, however expects their learning to mimic their life at home (as students always have, in a way). The only difference between then and now is that life at home today is surrounded by technological innovation. There is more room for EdTech because of this.
In short, educators and students stand to be positively impacted by EdTech because of technology’s primal presence in modern society. Today, tech is so commonplace in our daily lives that to go through education entirely without it being integrated into the system in some way would be borderline insane. The education sector is benefiting from the revolutionary innovation that is EdTech because, thanks to the technological input, more students are more engaged, teaching is easier and more enjoyable, and the entire system runs a lot more smoothly. EdTech is the present and the future of education. There is no going back now.