How EdTech Is Transforming the Remotest Districts

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by Anish Passi, Contributing Author

Education technology, commonly known as Edtech, is a revolutionary progression in the realm of learning and pedagogy. The undeniable skills of teachers and educators in various sectors can now be visited by a student sitting from anywhere in a world! So long as they have accessibility to the internet, nothing can stop these children from growing into their creative and intellectual potential.

Forget about learning through correspondence or swimming rivers across to reach a school, education technology helps you access school and learning in the palm of your hand. With methods like apps and video-calling, companies are using the most appropriate technology to create and promote ethically good learning material. With the help of the best teaching pedagogy from around the globe, its redefining learning using the same classroom approach except in a much more resourceful way. The best bargain through which students gain from the most is that now the remotest of districts can have access to the gem of education that otherwise wouldn’t reach it. Now even resources for competitive exams like IAS are also available online. Transformative practice, indeed!

  • Teachers from all around the world

Giving their audience an exhaustive list of teachers and mentors from different countries and coming from different spheres of education, education technology helps its audience and students to be with the one they connect the most to. Imagine the pure delight that it brings to a district that lacks public schools!

The demands of the society are hard to meet without a technical training or the right subjective knowledge one needs to make a place for themselves. It is indeed a pity that children either have to leave homes or travel a long way if they’re residing in a remote district.

So here’s solace for us all! Now one can easily manage not just work, but their daily dose of lessons to make up for years lost and to come. You wanted one centre with a teacher? Here, the genie lets you pick as many as you want.

  • Everybody is a student

Everyone from any walk of life or financial background can afford an education, it is mostly free of any changes or comes at a very nominal fee as opposed to private institutions. Who knew that the lack of infrastructure or tuition fee could be so beneficial? And you’re not losing the expertise that comes from certified teachers or professors.

This will come a long way in enhancing the life chances and transforming the literacy situation even in the remotest locations across the world.

  • Interactive classrooms

New age education is incomplete without seamless education through interactive classrooms. EdTech has pioneered distance education by providing a borderless system that integrates educators with any interested student.

There is no dearth of resources- all you need is an uninterrupted internet connection. Students are free to take up courses in line with their interests and find relevant courses; sharing a classroom that transcends nationalities. This form of hands-on teaching is also ideal for students looking for additional studying and tutoring to aid their college/school courses.

  • New hope for educators

The biggest benefit has been derived by the various educators and teachers who now have a relevant source of income, especially those with no means to access better jobs due to their location or other restraints. Many students have turned into proficient teachers through EdTech to support their own education as well. It is also a great way to bridge the ever widening gender as well as economic gap.

An interesting thing to note about Edtech is the difference in the business models in Asian and European Markets, keeping in view the various linguistic barriers in the East that are seemingly absent in the West. Education Technology has proved to be a burgeoning market, with start ups sprouting all over the world by the minute owing to the expanding middle class. Digitisation of education has reformed new age learning for all.

However, for it to sustain and grow at the same time, digital literacy should first reach all before digital education. If this perfect integration is attained, the quality of human life will improve exponentially with every passing year.

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Spanish I Course 

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by Staff Contributor 

We’re so excited! We’re little over a week away from the launch of our Spanish I online course. We are using the Thinkific platform to deliver a wonderful engaging and learning environment. 

The course will use vocabulary and language structure through a series of activities designed for realistic communication which will allow you to achieve reading, spoken, written Spanish language skills.  

Be on the lookout for our Spanish I online course. You can go to our website on launch date July 10th! We have a demo here.

Online Classes Mean No Dorm, Gym or Debt

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Check this article out by Jeb Bush and Randy Best. Numerous articles and commentaries from inside and outside of academia are raising the alarm that American public higher education faces an unprecedented financial crisis. For years, state legislatures have been disinvesting in public colleges and universities, leaving campus administrators to struggle with how to make do with less. The result: rising debt, deferred maintenance for aging facilities, reductions in programs and course offerings, dismissals, elimination of many student and faculty services, and loss of talented faculty — many of whom haven’t received pay increases in years — to private universities. To try to offset some of these challenges, universities are raising tuition and fees to historically high levels. The cost of tuition alone has soared from 23 percent of median annual earnings in 2001 to 38 percent in 2010. Given the pressing demands on state budgets, it is unlikely that funding for higher education will return to pre-2007 levels anytime soon. In fact, analysts predict just the opposite: Financing levels will continue to decrease in the years ahead to the point where a number of colleges and universities may be forced to close. In some states, campuses are being consolidated. In others, enrollments have been capped. With the average cost of providing one year of on-campus education at a public university now topping $32,000 and the average tuition covering only 20 percent of that, the problem is real and it isn’t going away. In addition, enrollments are declining for the first time in 15 years, student debt is topping a trillion dollars, parents are questioning why their children are struggling to find jobs, and employers are complaining about the costs of retraining college graduates. Such conditions cannot continue. Some universities are finding a way out of this morass through online classes. Growth in online education is now outpacing traditional enrollments by a wide margin. Why? Because it is well-suited to the needs of an increasing number of learners, extending access and allowing students to both work and study. In addition, learning measures for online students have matched or exceeded those for on-campus students. Although graduate programs have seen the largest growth in online learning, significant increases in online undergraduate programs are expected over the next decade. Unfortunately, many universities remain averse to such change and hold to tradition and a classical notion of education. In a recent hearing before state legislators, university officials questioned the value of moving online, testifying that there would be little, if any, savings from such a shift. These conclusions simply don’t hold up. For example, traditional university costs and services for students that a quality online education doesn’t require include: — Sports teams, playing fields, gyms and training facilities — Dormitories, student lounges and food courts — Building maintenance, personnel and service vehicles — Utilities including phones, air conditioning and plumbing — Landscaping and campus beautification projects — Mail service, supplies and procurement services Such facilities and services consume as much as half of what it takes to send a student to college. Including such costs for online students in this type of comparison only serves to cloud the huge value proposition that Web-based learning represents. The real numbers tell a drastically different story: Online education holds the promise for universities to not only shrink their deficits but also extend their programs to a vast number of students, all at significantly lower costs. So what is the true incremental cost of serving an online student at a state university today? A study carried out by the University of Texas, comparing online versus on-campus instruction across 15 institutions serving more than 150,000 students, demonstrated a 30 percent to 50 percent cost savings for the Web-based approach. Given that students are asked to shoulder debt for services and amenities that are, objectively, nonessential to their education, people should take notice. On-campus tuition will continue to rise to cover increasing costs for services and facilities. This, in turn, will further reduce enrollments, and campuses will become less diverse, accessible only to students from affluent families. Online education presents a huge opportunity to reverse these trends and improve the economic health of public colleges and universities. Those institutions that recognize this and move their programs online will be successful and flourish. They will ensure job security for their faculty, find themselves able to reduce tuition, and extend access to underserved and under- represented students who need education to advance in their jobs, raise a family and provide a quality education for their own children. Online education isn’t a solution for all that ails our public universities, but it must be a major component in solving the financial crisis facing higher education. (Jeb Bush, a director of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Randy Best is founder and chairman of Academic Partnerships LLC, a company that assists universities in the development and marketing of their online courses and degree programs. The opinions expressed are their own.)