This will surely change the way your child learns!
Posted on: March 2, 2018.

The rapid advancement of technology has, very interestingly, transformed the way educational content has been made available for students in India. The same device has made it possible for today’s children to watch their favorite cartoons as well as learn rhymes in the audio-visual format.

The format in which education is imparted to children has become personalized and convenient. Additionally, students in diverse regions across India are being given quality education, thanks to the penetration of internet-based smartphones. Consequently, the joys of learning—while having fun—are being discovered by students of all ages.

The perception in which digital learning is viewed by parents and teachers has, undesirably, undergone a noticeable shift. The efforts to restore the focus of education on the students—reinventing the way they learn throughout their life—is today being taken care of by educational and related institutions.

It is encouraging to witness technology being used an enabler for a traditional sector like education, especially in a country like India, which hasn’t readily adopted education technology. This sector has been further enhanced by the use of certain cutting-edge technologies that have also grabbed the attention of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate, and governments.

1. Personalized and Adaptive Learning. Education is being modified in countless way with learning platforms, software, and digital devices—desktop computers, laptops, and tablets—coming together to cater to the learning needs—academic potential, strengths, weaknesses, aptitude and learning pace—of every single student. Students would be taught and assisted in practicing their academic tasks, noting assignments and managing their schedules using precise and reliable mobile applications.

Adaptive, personalized learning pedagogies supplement the “one size fits all” model of academics, which will progressively become the new trend in formal learning that will encourage and support students to become technologically skilled and equipped for modern workplaces.

2. Mobile-Based Learning. The populace, over the past few years, has picked up and been gradually assimilating the mobile way of learning, thanks to multiple digital devices like desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones that have seamlessly offered students the flexibility to access educational content.

Both urban and rural regions of India have witnessed a noticeable increase in the number of smartphone users. Internet powered smartphones will, in a massive way, witness educational content being accessed by students—even online courses will be optimized entirely for mobile devices.

3. Video-Based Learning. Closely mirroring the traditional classroom teaching style, students would find video-based learning greatly appealing. Generally, homework involves students watching a video lecture, followed by a discussion at class. Consequently, there would be a noticeable improvement in their grades—witness that their performances had improved remarkably.

Students could dedicate more time in class towards interaction and, at their own pace, learn subject syllabi, thanks to video lectures which would be useful for both formal training as well as performance enhancement and thus continue to be a trend in the future where students will have access to rich and interactive content. By 2019, the increase in video-based learning on mobile devices would account for 80 per cent of all internet traffic, eventually.

4. Open Educational Resources. Commonly, distance learning courses that consist of freely accessible media for learning, teaching, and research purposes, have been supported by open digital education, licensed for the free dissemination and revision by teachers to students, allowing the latter to gain access to an extensive arrive of study material that is otherwise restricted indigenously.

Furthermore, individual sessions or classroom sittings would have educational content customized by teachers—a flexible environment facilitated by open educational resources, applicable for typical curricular subjects like mathematics, sciences and languages, as well as business and fine arts.

5. Usage of Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) For Learning. These are already buzzwords in the technology space. The efficiency with which e-learning is offered to students and the way it assesses their performance has been massively impacted by their advent, allowing direct access to study material for students using e-learning platforms on mobile devices.

Consequently, this keeps their engagement levels high and motivates them to learn more and better, while facilitating a safe environment for teachers and trainers to perform tasks they previously haven’t or cannot.

With the potential to become widespread in their usage and impact in the future, VR and AR could engage students in ways like never before, after they are poised to come together.

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