The education sector is globally more than $5 billion. According to a report by EdTechX, the main top international educational organizations are eight times more than in the software market and three times more than in the media and entertainment market.
But the report also indicates that the digitization within the education sector continues to stab at two percent. The use of technology in teaching practice is limited for some time, and the cause is a lack of funding. Constantly and learn as much as possible is the norm in education, but finding the money to purchase the technology that allows students and teachers to make the most it, still proves difficult.
For example, by installing interactive projectors in schools and businesses, you prepare students and workers for a digital learning and working environment. The interaction with technology is already an advantage, but the greatest benefit lies in the interaction and collaboration between groups and teams. Collaboration creates innovation, and that is the engine that runs the economy.
Digital learning can be the reset button of the global economy. So, here are some tips that technology in education is changing from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have.’
1) Invest in technology that evokes cooperation
Education is not only acquiring knowledge: it runs just as well to learn by working together. Many people see the limitations of educational technology is not about interaction and cooperation. You can make the process strong for technology that encourages collaboration, such as interactive projectors where students and teachers can really have brought together for learning.
2) Make sure that the investments have benefits for your organization
Schools and organizations need no additional equipment to purchase digital learning to facilitate cooperation. Many modern devices use WiFi or Bluetooth for connecting to other devices. It allows people with their own smart devices to participate, share files, edit text files together and discover many other applications that are flexible and thus making collaborative learning possible.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is becoming a reality in both classrooms and conference rooms throughout the world. One of its advantages is the fact that the IT infrastructure forces to become more flexible. What once took only a distraction, can be used in this way as an educational tool.
3) Extend the focus of technology to users
A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on integrating technology into the learning process found that educational technology is an important tool for teachers that focus on solution-oriented, collaborative and research-based education.
The response of teachers and trainers who use this technology every day in their classrooms and training rooms is clear: they understand that technology is not a stand-alone solution, but they just enable it to adapt teaching methods to the individual needs of the students. It allows for more interactivity and puts the spotlight on the student rather than the teacher.
4) Review the current approach
Innovation and digitization provide new reasons to reconsider the way things have always been done. Education is no exception. The European Commission heavily invests in innovation and technology. The commission manifested itself in the Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms (iTEC) project.
The project is helping ministries of education, tech companies, and research organizations to increase the use of technology in the classroom and the way we teach and learn.
5) Provide students and employees the chance to get used to the workplace of the future
Innovation and digitization provide great opportunities, and it is expected that skill sets of people are going to change it. Company training can be very expensive, especially for SMEs. As people learn these new skills during their digital learning training can be a bonus.
Students and workers themselves will have to begin to acquire skills that they will need in the future. More and more schools and organizations see technology as a way to engage all types of people to the innovation revolution that will advance global economy.