6 benefits of digital transformation in education
Today’s students are preparing to enter a global workforce undergoing a massive digital transformation. This shift is prompting many schools to change how they think about not only what students need to learn, but how they should be learning. Traditional teaching is evolving, and technologies are taking over classrooms. We outline the 6 benefits of digital transformation in education.
In this post we explore:
- Student performance tracking
- Data analytics
- Collaborative learning
- Future-focused curriculum
- Parent-teacher synergy
- Time saving
- Future outlook
“The digital revolution in the education sphere means students have access to the best resources at the click of a button in any remote location. In this current digital climate, technology takes the front seat, and the education sector is by no means behind.”Education Dive
1. Student performance tracking
Digitalization brings in a more practical approach to tracking students’ performance. Technology can play an important role in capturing the detail of students’ work, which helps teachers and parents monitor how a child is progressing. For example, by documenting handwriting or creative work, comparisons can be made at intervals against content already stored digitally, leading to a better understanding of who is improving and who requires more attention.
2. Improved Outcomes with Data Analytics
Schools can leverage analytics to track performance and improve outcomes. By analyzing data collected through the students’ use of technology in the classroom, teachers can have a better understanding of what individual children and classrooms need. The more precisely you can understand how a learner is misunderstanding a concept, the more quickly you can help them course-correct. Technology can help us diagnose those deficiencies much faster and more precisely than a teacher would be able to do across a classroom of 30+ students.
Data analysis doesn’t replace teachers’ professional insight, but it provides them with a valuable tool.South, J. (2016, September 8). Back To School— How Digital Technology Is Changing Education. Quick Base.
3. Collaborative learning
Digital learning powers collaboration. Learning platforms can make it easy for teachers to create and manage groups. Collaborative authoring environments like Google Docs, Twiddla, Edmodo and more make it easy for teams (near and far) to co-author documents and presentations. These type of collaborative tools are used in organisations already, why not teach the students to be proficient in them before joining the workforce?
4. Future-focused curriculums
Schools need to teach the curriculum of the future. Robots, artificial intelligence, automation – no longer the stuff of science fiction movies. Overwhelming evidence shows the shift in what the workforce needs is already underway and that it will continue to grow much larger in the future but institution are not ready to teach these fully. Curriculum changes will no longer have to take years to develop and update. Students have more access to relevant and regularly updated content. The ability to update easily, working on means access to updated material and features regularly.
5. Improved parental/ teacher synergies
Research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s academic performance, children perform better in school and are even healthier overall. Automation electronically delivers progress reports and attendance reports to parents and reminds them to pay their ward’s fees on time.
They are also more relaxed about their child’s security because they are constantly notified every time the child is absent or on leave, and can track the school bus from any place, any time. Imagine if the software could provide an effective career guidance solution by recommending career options based on student’s strengths and weaknesses, which are backed by measured metrics.
Greater transparency among all parties improves the parent-teacher relationship.
In today’s world where time is money, digitalisation is a big time saver. Apart from metros, there are many cities where the transport system is not fully developed. Students have to commute for hours to reach their educational institutions.
In this scenario, a digital course comes as a rescuer to students from even the remotest parts of the country. UNISA and GetSmarter have been able to deliver on this model effectively across international borders. One just needs to log into a website or switch on their dish TV channel to learn a subject rather than spend long hours in the commute from one spot to another.
What does the future hold?
Online Education Will Be a Strategic Priority at Every Institution!
The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom.
Very few colleges and universities were doing absolutely nothing with online education pre-COVID-19. There was wide variation, however, in the degree to which online education was central to an institution’s strategic planning. Online education is not only a potential source for new revenues but will be recognized as core to every school’s plan for institutional resilience and academic continuity.
The digital transformation of education offers entrepreneurs opportunities to develop new tools to help educators and students.
Entrepreneurs and developers can have a significant impact on improving education, by building tools for professional development, and productivity; increasing engagement; designing effective assessments; and making learning accessible to students.
Digital transformation in the classroom requires a cultural change, in addition to the technological changes. Teaching in today’s digitally-immersed classrooms requires a paradigm shift for educators and administrators.
It can be difficult for schools to accept that they may need to reallocate funds away from less efficient practices to invest in technology. To help schools through this transition, custom software and tech tools have to be built to bridge the divide between institutions and learners and drive for a better future.
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