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February 1, 2016

Education Technology Culture of the Future, Today

Technology is transforming our lives in a way that was previously unimaginable. In fact, some of the present concepts are so widely different than what was imagined a mere 2 decades ago that most of the ideas would seem outlandish in their context. Why should education be left behind in this race? While the change has been slow, it has been steady. According to the experts at Future source consulting, Education Technology would alone be an industry worth $19 billion by 2018. But the question is, should you switch too?

The means for Education Technology

While the adaptation to technology in education has been met with measured skepticism, statistics are indeed showing that the gain has been enormous. In fact, the current trends in education has shown that unless you shift, there might be a gap in learning a few years down the line in your students, built up a little at a time. So, the answer to your question is that technology is indeed worth the effort. Let us go through a few of these concepts.

  • OER

For those who do not know, OER stands for Open Educational Resources. While everything that you will need for pursuing an education technology model is not free, most are. From text books, software, research articles and even specialized videos, most of the things you need to start out are simply available for free on the web.

  • Adaptive Learning

While the idea of adaptive learning has been around for quite some time, the concept has not really taken off the ground primarily because we did not have the means to accomplish it efficiently. Technology is quickly building up that gap. With personalized learning tablets available with each student, the ability to tailor a learning regime specifically for him/her is no longer a dream.

  • Flipped Classroom

The concept of flipped classroom is simple: let the students watch the lecture videos at home so that they can spend the time at school going through the areas they feel they have yet to catch up on because human interaction is just as important as automated learning.

  • Pooling in Resources

Digital resources can be costly. So, jointly contributing to build the infrastructure for it can be beneficial to all parties contributing. Not only does the cost go down, sharing of the same space provides a sense of companionship in all the students doing the learning.

  • BYOD

Considering the fact that most of the students in the current generation are already very tech savvy by the standards of a mere decade ago, the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is very helpful. Not only does it save the institution a ton of money, it helps further the effectiveness of digital education as the student in question is already well versed with the gadget.

Digital Classroom

Realizing the importance of technology in education from its foundation, Cetrix has concentrated considerable effort in developing a solution that will simplify the adaptation of technology by schools. The Digital Classroom solution, which includes products and services from its partners, encompasses hardware, software, content, training and consultation at a cost that even the schools in underdeveloped areas can afford. Digital Classroom by Cetrix is the new emerging force in furthering education technology in many parts of the world.

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About Stewart Balanchine
Stewart is the Director of Market Development and Innovation - Inbound Marketing Strategies and Educational Technology Platforms at Cetrix. An evangelist of 21st century Education Technology, he is a regular contributor in this blog. He writes to share ideas in helping others in the transformation process and tackles technology integration in the classroom in depth.

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