Recent years have seen a great evolution in the EdTech world. With more and more people getting into digital media, it is essential for teachers to use the latest tools available in their work to engage students. To engage students in learning, one needs to be innovative and new ideas should be introduced so that students get excited about what they are learning. The use of EdTech tools has become essential for teachers because of its importance in today’s education industry. For instance, big data and analytics techniques give them access to more specific and extensive insights into the achievements and progress of individual students.
As the future of the educational system is practically determined by the development of technology, educators and experts are quick to implement EdTech tools and apps in every single aspect of the schooling system.
In this edition of Technology Innovators, we bring to you the Top 20 Edtech CEOs of 2022. This will help you explore through the journey of Edtech experts and also a vast array of EdTech tools that are available today which offer students and educators a wide range of options from which they can choose the best ones for their needs.
Andrew Grauer CEO & Co-Founder
Course Hero is an online learning platform with study resources that help students feel confident and prepared, from day one to graduation.
Aaron Feuer, CEO, Co-Founder
Panorama Education brings the power of data to education through a SaaS platform used by hundreds of school districts across the US.
There is a saying that “education is the only weapon that can change the world”. There are various sectors operating all across the world and each of them are working on various dimensions, but the only aspect that connects all these vertexes is education, which is acting as the foundation of every development and helping the world to take a new face. Economic growth, social growth, productivity, and other developments are widely based on educational growth. On the other hand a rise of economy has been seen in recent years with growing educational sector which is making a great impact on the folks connected with it; few are receiving hand full of goodness rather few are downgraded due to continuously rising cost. In recent times, higher education is considered as one of the most expensive and also capital generating industry all around the world. Along with the rising cost, the expectations of students and responsibilities of institutions are highly elevated. Now folks are looking for a new transformation in educational sector which is becoming a challenge for this sector.
In today’s era, where everyone is deeming for human rights equality are highly working for the equality of genders, cast, creed, and other races. “What about the equality of differently abled folks?” Don’t they have a right to equality? If yes, and if the world is really looking to enhance the living standard and other rights of differently abled folks, then we have first bring an inclusive education system that provide the same standards of education for everyone. Making an inclusive educational system also means to make a system that is flexible to incorporate all the solution for every requirement of today’s growing world. This expanded system will be potential enough to provide equal opportunity to everyone.
What are inclusive education and its purpose?
Education is available to everyone but is it being provided at the similar level to everyone? The answer is no. There are number of disabled children who wish to learn, earn and grow.
From the digitized educational campuses till digital library, today’s teachers are using latest technologies to bring a revolution in education sector and change the latest teaching methodologies. This era is witnessing a new phase where education will get shifted to stay at home case. In this stage of life where people are bond to stay at home, new education trends are allowing the students to continue their studies being at home too. Adopting technologies are the only option that can bring schools home and can connect every student to each other developing an ambience of classroom. There are number of technologies involved in education sector to enhance the efficiency of educational sector.
Different technologies empowering educational sector are listed below:
There are a number of technologies that are incorporated in the educational sector these days to make it more informative and more appealing too. Technology has completely transformed the way of learning; let’s know how technology is becoming the biggest reason for educational change.
Technology is transforming education, changing how, when, and where students learn and empower them at every stage of their journey. With the ultimate aim to personalize the learning process, the technology empowers students by giving them ownership of the complete learning process. Since the students are offered technology and access to resources beyond classroom walls, students have developed a lifelong love of learning. Technology can help educators create blended learning environments ad leverage digital tools for formative assessments, bringing new models for learning and teaching to classrooms.
How Technology is breaking barriers in education?
Many schools have started embracing the use of technology to enhance instruction and to support learning. Teachers have always been using computers as a great source for promoting their instructional goals. For instance, it is used for building student capacity for research, to drive reality in student inquiry, make students present information in appealing forms, and help students access education within and beyond the school.
Technology is revolutionizing the complete world in a better way. It has transformed education also, by empowering it by giving them the ownership of how they learn and making education relevant to their digital lives. Technology empowers educators to efficiently personalize learning with access to data, content, and cloud.
How Technology can be utilized to improve learning?
Education has always strived to personalize learning for students. Now with the help of technology, you can access real-time student data, content apps, and a lot more. For the technology to work effectively, it should be incorporated in the classroom to gain the maximum benefits out of it. At every educational institute, teachers must be given the responsibility of facilitating the technology in different ways. Let’s have a look at some of the technologies which can be utilized to improve learning:
Informational and instructional technology has felt like two sides of a busy street. The traffic flow of students and teachers whizzing by and pulling up to whichever side provided the needed support and resources. If students and teachers needed instructional technology tools and strategies, they pulled up to the instructional team, and if they needed assistance with peripherals, devices or connectivity, they pulled up to the informational team. However, times have changed, and both sides of the street are now working together like a pedestrian-only walkway. Tech terminology like networks, firewalls, access point, bandwidth, servers, and phone systems now include terms such as student data privacy, accessibility tools, digital equity, cybersecurity, 1:1 initiative, and BYOD. Our students are growing up in a world where learning doesn’t just happen within the brick and mortar walls of schools. Resources such as hardcover textbooks, scantron sheets, poster boards, index cards, and worksheets are being replaced organically with content management systems, collaborative documents, videos, podcasts, and educational software. Teachers and students are personalizing learning experiences thru blogs, virtual field trips, multimedia presentations, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Higher Ed is a highly collaborative work environment. Governance of universities is shared between the administration and the faculty, and even beyond that, all voices have a voice in governing the institution. This has real consequences for CIOs and other technical professionals working in Higher Ed. How does transformation happen in this environment? The only way that CIOs can effect change in this environment is to know the mission. In corporations, it’s important that IT know the *business* and partner with colleagues on the business side. A university is mission-driven, so that’s where Higher Ed CIOs must focus. Obviously, the mission focuses on teaching and learning, but universities, particularly public universities, also serve the public good. Additionally, universities also often have a mission around research. Engaging in the mission of the university means working with a broad set of stakeholders, not just faculty, staff and administration, but students. Working with students can present unique challenges for engagement.