We started using technology in the education industry a long time ago. But we truly understood its value when Corona Virus hit the world. Students could not go to school and colleges. Online classes started and every student was expected to learn from them. But without an educator’s physical presence how is that even possible? Technology has all the answers.
Most affection technology for student engagement during online classes:
- Virtual assistance: Virtual assistants like Echo Dot, Siri, Alexa are not limited to making your life easier. They are capable of so much more. These devices answer the questions of curious little minds. Just like a teacher.
While keeping these benefits in mind, Edtech startup ‘Learning Matter’ introduced 4 products. Tara (virtual voice teacher), Kengine (Library of videos), Star Teacher and Konnect (Teacher skill development), and Tool Box (activity-based technology). These products suggest that we can see students and educators using more technology in the upcoming future.
- Virtual Reality: Virtual reality is fun and it allows students to learn about concepts in depth. They can learn and memorize so much more than they can with traditional learning methods. Virtual reality motivates students to learn more. Virtual reality makes the concept of physics and mathematics easier for students. It breaks it up for them into steps that they can follow. VR can be more effective than picture books or audio-video materials.
STRIVR provides VR-based learning. Along with VR lessons they also have training programs. The features offered are immersive experience, performance analysis, realistic environments, etc.
- Smart Phones: Smartphones are inseparable parts of our lives. We take them anywhere we go. Where students do not use mobile phones in educational institutions they use them for everything outside. Whether it is some assignment or a group project. Both students and educators can use the audio feather of mobile phones to connect with each other. Mobile phones also allow making videos. Educators can ask students to make a video of what they think about some specific concept. It will make students engage and research the topic instead of just copying it from someone else.
Doubtnut is an India-based startup offering a multilingual platform to students. It uses NPL, image recognition, and machine learning in its video-based lessons in response to queries.
- Rich media technology: To get student’s attention it is important that the material catches their eyes and is interesting. Traditional textbooks do not engage students as much as technology does. By using interactive videos that require actions and responses students can engage with the reading material. It can be a big advantage for educators. They can make videos with assignments and course materials.
EVERFI is a leading startup company that is providing all-age students with quality education. EVERFI has been designed for a highly engaging experience. It uses rich media, instructional design, social networking, etc.
- IoT: The Internet of things allows students to get full access to the classroom. No matter where they are, students can get access to online libraries to study and complete assignments at their own pace. If a student is not able to attend school or college it can learn through digital class without missing even one day. There are various apps that allow students and educators to stay connected with each other.
Differ was designed for students so that they can connect safely with other students on the campus. Differ helps students find groups they are interested in.
EdTech is making lives easier for educators and students. New technologies have powerful engagement that interest students. They learn as they want to learn, without getting bored.