Mandatory lockdowns in 2019 forced schools in Ahmedabad to close and forced most of the world into emergency remote learning scenarios. To keep education moving, schools turned to video conferencing tools, online learning management software, and other digital options.
Those emergency remote teaching experiences exposed the global challenges to digital learning adoption and technology-enabled education. Online learning expands access and attracts a diverse group of students.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the emergence of remote learning pushed the online learning sector into sharp light. As instructors, students, and parents rushed to understand remote learning operations in the aftermath of lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders, tech firms stepped in, either as partners to schools and institutions — or as stand-alone substitutes.
Even if a primary school chooses to return to face-to-face instruction, many choose a hybrid method that requires at least a portion of the course or materials to be held online. In addition, formal learners in primary schools, secondary schools, universities, and post-secondary institutions have embraced online learning in recent years, with Covid-19 furthering this trend.
Here are a few ways of how tech transformed how we teach and learn in schools in Ahmedabad:
With Covid-19 pressuring education to digitize rapidly, it is difficult to envision a future in which online learning is not a major component of education and instruction.
Gamification in education:
Gamification makes learning more dynamic by including game aspects.
Gamification in education aims to increase learners’ motivation and engagement in educational contexts by combining game design features such as storytelling, problem-solving, badges, levels, and points. Educators motivate students to face and achieve various difficulties and goals by designing lectures like a game. This encourages student participation and may help students retain information more successfully. It also aids students in recasting subjects that they may find cumbersome or uninteresting as engaging and enjoyable.
Artificial Intelligence (AI):
Artificial intelligence (AI) applications are being tested in the education industry. AI is being used by some of the schools in Ahmedabad to help tailor learning, boost memory recall, teach languages, and make lessons more accessible. AI can also assist students in overcoming linguistic hurdles in the classroom. Presentation Translator, for example, is an AI technology that delivers real-time subtitles for presentations and seminars. These can be heard or read in the students’ native language.
By bringing learning to life, virtual and augmented reality improves engagement. A person can explore an immersive 3D environment created using virtual reality (VR). On the other hand, augmented reality (AR) combines digital features such as graphics, sound, and text onto a user’s environment. Both technologies can be used separately — or in tandem — in the classroom.
By allowing students to interact directly with the subject, virtual reality can be used to improve learning and engagement. Students with learning disabilities, such as autism, may benefit from virtual reality.
Smart Campus Technology:
Smart campus technology makes use of devices and data to provide a more connected experience. A smart campus is a digitally connected environment in which technologies and data are combined to give students a more natural learning experience.
However, enabling the seamless operation of thousands of connected devices throughout campus necessitates a significant amount of technological planning and preparation on the part of the schools in Ahmedabad For example, to protect data privacy and security, primary schools must have comprehensive security solutions that secure data across the network, such as AI and machine learning-enabled technologies.
When it comes to tech innovation, the education sector is falling behind, and events like Covid-19 shine a sharper light on inefficiencies and gaps in operations. The learning process could be considerably aided by digitization in general. Apart from allowing for a smoother transition to remote learning scenarios, technology could also assist in providing tailored learning solutions as well as new and exciting ways for students to participate in school.
In any case, in the post-Covid era, we may expect a greater adoption of technology in education, particularly in hybrid forms that mix classroom learning with digital approaches such as live broadcasts and virtual reality.