The worldwide dissemination of coronavirus (COVID-19) in an attempt to suppress it has prompted dramatic regulations. The closure of all the schools was one of the first compulsory measures taken by the affected countries. The sudden adjustments of educational processes and altered dynamics among all stakeholders-schools, teachers, students, and parents-challenge familiar routines and threaten crucial public goals. The World Bank has also appointed its EdTech experience team to assist policymakers around the world in promoting the continuity of basic education by adaptation of new technology. Institutions operating historically with interactive education channels have also learnt from their contemporary strategy through the COVID-19 crisis. These schools mastered the sudden transition to homeschooling smoothly, simplifying the adjustment process for both students and parents. Their early expenditure in machinery and software and in educational personnel coaching has enabled them to proceed with limited disruption in their operations.
In March, after the World Health Organization announced Covid-19 a pandemic, worldwide school device updates grew 90 percent from the weekly average in the fourth quarter of 2019. Timothy Yu, creator, and CEO of Snapask’s on-demand tutoring service is expanding into the segment. After launching in Hong Kong in 2015, the app has matched 3.5 million high school and college students in Asia with tutors for immersive question-and-answer sessions, worth about $200 million. More than 10 percent of those consumers arrived in February and March, when Yu, 29, was working with educators and local agencies to offer free assistance.
EdTech will continue to expand as one of the quickest technology changing markets. The capacity to capture and leverage Big Data provides opportunities for creativity and develops the system thus helping students. Digital education skeptics, for example, are concerned about the limited social interaction that it offers. This may be harmful to live in solitude, and schooling can help students improve soft skills such as imagination and empathy. In response, new digital applications are now expanding the social educational spectrum by virtually recreating the experience in the classroom, allowing group learning, team breakout sessions, and collaboration online with the project.
Globalization will continue to present fresh possibilities and threats to humans — conditions in which EdTech has thrived well, providing alternatives to challenging scenarios. Experts thus accept that the value of this sector during COVID-19 would in the immediate future predict its fundamental penetration into most modes of learning.
Remote lessons are one of the basics of studying in the modern era. In the middle of the crises triggered by the pandemic such as Zoom and Blackboard, there are several channels that have become prominent. Both sites are suitable for managing broad numbers of phone video calls and providing flexibility to both the students and the staff. Likewise, there are online sites such as Coursera, where students can study specific subjects in conjunction with schools and colleges to develop themselves.
MOOCs – massively accessible online courses of the sort that can potentially enroll thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of learners at the same time — have been a hot topic of conversation in both the realms of education and ‘economic growth’ for a few years now. The recent news that edX, one of the prominent MOOC platforms, is to start offering courses targeted at high school students suggests that the potential usefulness and impact of MOOCs may soon extend beyond the higher education realm from which MOOCs originally emerged and where most of the related activities have occurred to date.