Technology has always moved education in a certain direction, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced it to shift entirely in a new direction.
What started as a basic video lecture has evolved into a more hybrid and innovative form of education, enabling student engagement and interactivity like never before. Social media forums allow teachers to pay special attention to students by stimulating their learning process.
With an edtech boom on the rise, one wonders what further expansion of educational technology is expected. Here are some technological breakthroughs currently underway in the education sector:
Technology that captures human behavior and traits to display individual needs and requirements has become an important part of the education system. Biometrics in the classroom can reveal each student’s physical and emotional disposition, allowing the course to be tailored to their individual needs.
Augmented reality glasses
Thomas Edison once said, “Books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed by the eye. AR glasses overlay data on what students naturally see, providing a real-life learning experience. A student using AR glasses in the classroom could sit on their desk and have a map laid out in front of them in the geography lesson.
Even though multi-touch surfaces are present in smartphones and tablets, their integration into the education system will be a game-changer. With multitouch desks, students can access the virtual world of learning and connect with other students around the world.
According to IMF, the Edtech market will reach $288.4 billion by 2031. Analysts suggest that this growth is due to the shift towards digital learning that has enabled users to view content anywhere, anywhere. whenever. Learning management software has gained worldwide acceptance since the launch of innovative tools to help users adapt to upcoming technology.
Companies and institutions use the LMS to improve learning capabilities to foster the edtech boom.
Between 2021 and 2031, the academic institution segment of the Edtech market is expected to grow by 16.7%. McKinsey suggests that these technologies have filled the void left by conventional teaching methods. Technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality have made classroom interactions and in-person experiences efficient in the education system.
At the same time, investments in Edtech are also increasing. HolonIQ announced a $21 billion venture capital investment in edtech startups globally, in 2021. This was 3x growth before the pandemic hit the world. During the global pandemic, the education sector has been revolutionized and learning has moved online. This opened an avenue for edtech startups globally, creating room for an edtech boom.
Growth opportunities created by educational institutions
After the global pandemic, educational institutions abandoned traditional learning, encouraging students to use e-books. This has created opportunities for companies to share their e-learning solutions in the market.
Microlearning was introduced as a concept where learners receive knowledge at the rate they can effectively absorb information. This is useful for learners with a short attention span. Microlearning improves learning transfer by 71% and engagement by 50% while reducing development costs by 50% and increasing development speed.
The pandemic has left its impact on the education system, with educators and learners comfortable with adaptive edtech. According to a Purdue University study, advances in technology have changed the perspectives of educators and learners. Being more aware that there is no standard learning method for all students, teachers prefer educational technology for interactive learning sessions.
Innovation in edtech continues to grow because there are no limits to growth, especially in technology. After receiving positive feedback from parents, teachers, and students, new advances in education technology are expected to make learning more interactive, fun, and inclusive for people around the world.
Ghazal Qureshi is the Founder and CEO of UpBrainery, a Houston-based immersive educational technology platform that leverages neuroscience research-based programs to provide adaptive learning and individualized pathways for students at home or in the classroom.