The journey of introducing technology to education is a continuous process of addition, adaptation and modification of tools that aid and simplify. Mr. Sreevalsan talks about the evolving school ecosystem who are affected by the addition of technology and highlights the key stakeholders who are a part of it: the student, teachers and administrators.
The dictionary meaning of technology stands at the application of technical knowledge for practical purposes. Technology enhances quality, increases efficiency, instills professionalism and brings out productivity in all fields it is applied to. To add technology effectively to a process like teaching, there are a few challenges that have to be overcome.
Technology needs a good knowledge of the domain in order to troubleshoot all hurdles that fall on the way. Teaching has to be a process of not just imparting but also gaining knowledge. Teaching and learning both have to happen simultaneously, wherein both students and teachers exchange information.
The pandemic has kickstarted online learning more than ever before, closing the doors at synchronous learning. Bringing it back in the online EdTech system is what should be the focus now. Schools and universities should adapt technology to communicate with students at all levels. Identifying the right digital platform is the first step to go.
With many EdTech approaches to online education right from flipped classrooms, digital assessments, asynchronous teaching, dynamic engagement, data analytics, long-term repositories etc., technology aids to figure out what works best for the teacher-student ecosystem as a whole. When assessments also become online, it is easier to provide students with the right support they need to solidify their weak spots and encourage their strong forte.
To conclude, says Mr. Sreevalsan, EdTech should be a process of gaining the right domain knowledge, understanding challenges, identifying technological solutions and adopting it successfully from end-to-end.
Ecosystem of schools and stakeholders
Mr. Sreevalsan explains on the current school ecosystem and the key stakeholders who are a part of it: the student, teachers and administrators. He goes on to explain their roles in the adaptation of technology.
Effect of the Pandemic, Changes and Challenges
Last year has been instrumental in widespread adaption of online learning owing to the pandemic. Making online education synchronised is the need of the hour, adds Mr. Sreevalsan. Schools and universities should adapt the right platform to communicate with students.
Technology and the Transformation of Education
Technology has revolutionised education with additions like flipped classrooms, digital assessments, asynchronous teaching, dynamic engagement, data analytics, long-term repositories etc., conveys Mr. Sreevalsan.
Technology and its Role in Teaching and Learning
Technology plays a good role in the education system of today, says Mr. Sreevalsan. But it needs a good knowledge of the domain to overcome all associated challenges. He also explains how teachers and students should adapt technology the right way.