Technology is now an indispensable part of our lives. A day without the internet seems just impossible to us. Technology has changed everything: the way we celebrate, share, read, and communicate. It has also changed the way students study in the classroom as well as at home.
Piles of books are replaced by sleek laptops, tablets, personal computers, and smartphones. Traditional classrooms have turned into online classes and the teachers have become instructors. Gone are those days when students took homework help from their parents. Now, they are able to manage everything on their own. Students now have an opportunity to learn anything and everything that they want, thanks to technology.
This astounding connection between students and technology has been made possible by the innovative entrepreneurs, who are coming up with such study platforms. You might have heard the names of Udacity, Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, Duolingo, Khan Academy any many more education technology companies that are impacting the lives of students in numerous ways by fulfilling their educational needs in just a few clicks.
Students can learn according to their own needs
Online tutoring, career counselling, preparatory courses for various competitive exams, programming, science, literature, mathematics; students can learn everything online now. Some subjects are always a matter of concern for students as they are difficult to understand in one go. With several tutorials, videos, blogs available online, students can learn these subjects from various sources and from well-informed teachers across the globe. Learning new and different skills is also no more a hustle as there are numbers of courses available which teach amazing skills apart from the classrooms.
Home works are not at all a boring thing
Many online tutoring companies have emerged nowadays that not only provide homework help to the students but also help them understand the subjects easily. There is no more a need to run to the local tutors after the school. With professional and expert educators students can get the best knowledge and proficient assistance. This saves a lot of their time and energy, and gives them a chance to do multiple tasks in a day. They can concentrate on studies, learn new skills, spend time with family, and go for extra-curricular activities.
Students can study anytime and anywhere
You must have heard about the instructive Elearning platforms that are emerging, growing, and changing the way learning is all about. Students can now study what they want to and how much they want to. Video based learning has made it possible to learn anything according to your pace and understanding. Some courses are available with lifetime validity to the students. Hence, they can access them anytime they need Even if courses are not available forever; their availability is fairly large enough that the students can learn by devoting little time every day.
You don’t like waking up at 6 a.m. to study. Instead, you prefer studying at night when everything is at peace. No worries as it is not possible to study any time you want. The courses are open every time for the students. Not only this, the students are now accessing 24×7 homework help services as per their convenience. Well, studying has just become so easy!
Students are finding a global community to learn, share, and grow
The interactive platforms such as live chats, forums, discussion boards are some places where students can communicate with other students and expert educators all over the world. The e-learning platforms include the facilities where students can comment and ask questions anytime. They can talk to the instructors, seek guidance and clear all their doubts. Along with this, students get to communicate with numerous of other students all across the world, who are learning the same skills as them. Also, thanks to social media, connecting with the people with similar skills is no more a problem now. A global exchange of ideas, knowledge, and creativity is happening thanks to these education-tech companies.
Students can learn from a number of resources
With online learning platforms, ebooks, video lectures, blogs, and mobile applications, students can choose a suitable learning platform for them. One major advantage of these online learning platforms is that they can be accessed from any device, whether it is a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. The medium of instruction at these platforms can be text (presentation, slides, and graphics) or it may consist of videos. Students can access the instruction material anywhere due to the facility of virtual libraries provided by these learning platforms.
The world is moving towards adaptive learning
In the traditional classroom scenario, students had to match their pace according to the classrooms and school curriculum. It doesn’t matter if they are finding a subject easy, difficult, or really hard to understand. Students had to work on themselves on their own to match themselves with the other students, and the needs of the classrooms. Now, the picture has flipped! The ed-tech companies talk about adaptive learning where the courses adapt themselves according to the student’s level of understanding and intelligence. Students can choose the level of difficulty of a course (beginner, intermediate, and expert) and start learning. There are activities, quizzes, and small exercises at every level so that the students can assess themselves first. If they are given a positive feedback they can choose to study the next level or may redo the previous level.
Students are aware of the demands of the industries and hence, they are preparing themselves for the immense competition from the beginning itself. With innovations in the education sector, the world of education is changing rapidly. The online learning tools not only have the power to engage the students but make the process of learning much simple and enjoyable. This not only improves the performance of the students but makes them aware of various new things happening around the globe. The educational-tech companies are playing a major role in making this revolution happen by adopting new technologies such as cloud computing, analytics, game-based learning, personalized learning, mobile learning etc. The most amazing thing here is that students are achieving the same objectives, by discovering things their own, that they used to achieve at the end of their lessons in traditional classroom learning.
Written by: Nishant Sinha is also a co-founder of Transtutors, an online homework help platform for students of Graduation and Post-Graduation level with Aditya Singhal.