In a second article on the use of tech in the education space, Career Karma founder Artur Meyster looks at the how tech is set to not only become integral in future careers but also how teachers are using it to find new ways to reach their students particularly in the US.
Teachers are always looking to innovate their teaching methods. The education industry is pretty resistant to change and hasn’t changed much over the past 50 years. Teachers are beginning to accept the benefits of education technology (edtech) and implement it into their teaching methods. Technology will greatly increase students’ educational outcomes and make the lives of teachers much easier.
Technology is advancing education by giving teachers more tools to enhance their teaching methods. Students with access to the proper technology have more avenues to supplement their learning without a teacher being present.
Teachers Will Use Data To Improve Results
The scantron bubble sheet was a simple innovation that allowed teachers to quickly grade multiple-choice tests. While bubble sheets aren’t new, the technology analysing them is finding ways to extract more data than correct or incorrect answers. Modern test questions are mapped to a set of standards indicating the skill, difficulty, and prior knowledge needed to answer the question correctly. Teachers can check tests and quizzes for certain standards, allowing them to identify their students’ biggest needs.
Teachers who capitalise on this data will drastically improve the results of their students. Some teachers use these new bubble sheets on daily practice to help students before they get the quotations wrong on an exam.
Data is also helping students pick better colleges. Advanced data show the average test scores and GPA (Grade Point Average) students need to get accepted into colleges and universities. Students are more likely to succeed and graduate with a bachelor’s degree within five years when they attend a school that meets students’ needs. While universities serve thousands of students, not every school is right for every student. Students and college counsellors are using this data to get students enrolled in the best schools for them.
Technology Makes Education More Flexible
Online and self-paced courses give students more flexibility to learn at their own pace. At the same time, online modules and pre-recorded lectures give students access to the best instructors. This puts more options into the hands of students. Students can pick better options instead of being relegated to night classes or courses taught by poorly rated professors. When students can pick the classes that best fit their needs, they are more likely to succeed.
Many master’s degree students are holding down full-time jobs or raising children. The best online degrees find ways to navigate these hardships. Schools maintain their flexibility by offering a wide variety of options for class sessions. These flexible options aren’t just for students who have other commitments. Technology is allowing students to take immersion courses that quickly go through significant amounts of material. These condensed classes are demanding, but dedicated students can get their degrees or certificates in a fraction of the time it would normally take.
Technology Is Making Education More Affordable
With a laptop and internet connection, you can learn any skill in the world. The top universities, including Harvard and MIT, offer free, open-source classes where you can learn from professors who are the top in their field. Online learning is generally less expensive than on-campus classes. Online learning isn’t restricted by the number of seats in a classroom or other physical restrictions. The lower cost makes it easier for students to afford associates and bachelor’s degrees.
There Are More Options to Learn Desired Skills
The rise of trade schools gives students more options than the traditional four-year college. Trade schools give students specialised training in specific industries. Students who want tech jobs are using trade schools to learn the skills they need to land jobs at tech companies. These courses typically give students hands-on experience with the material they will be working with while on the job.
Students in trade schools don’t have to worry about English and math courses if they aren’t necessary for their discipline. The hyperfocus of building skills and techniques gives trade school graduates high chances of getting a job after graduation. Many companies even look to trade schools as pipelines for their hiring process.
More Changes Are Coming
Technology isn’t done changing how students and teachers approach the classroom. Technology is advancing the rate at which newer, more efficient teaching methods are being implemented in classrooms. The flexibility that online learning and technology bring to the education industry are giving more students access to life-changing degrees at the top colleges and universities.