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Technology In Education: Enhancing The Level Of Teaching And Learning Practice

Education Technology- a topic which seems to remain the most discussed in the year 2016. Ed-techs has created the wider opportunity to access education with online learning. With mobile devices, computer system and the internet any human on the earth can learn anything. With so much convenience to learning, one cannot miss out the opportunity to learn. And why not acquire new or update knowledge which will help us in our future course. Besides, people learn about how techs in education work. This gives them the idea of trending techs and how to operate them. Read on.

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What is Ed-Tech?

Education Technology is used to facilitate education and enhancing the performance of the students by designing and deploying and employing and managing suitable technological procedures and measures. Many might say it differently. For them, ed-tech are used as apps, software and latest tools to improve education i.e to enhance teaching and learning practice.

Techs Bridges Learning

Technology has greatly helped to make way for the new form of education i.e online learning. It has allowed learners across the world to connect to the institute from any place of the globe. Irrespective of their financial background students can access whatever they want to learn. However, one should have learning gadget and internet to log into online course programme. The number of mobile devices users has significantly increased. And is expected to grow further. Particularly the number of smartphone users have exploded. The mobile and education technology have created amazing scope for learning. Today, online learners learn via smartphones and other mobile devices.

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Students with their user id and password, provided by the online learning facilitator (college or university), log in to the take education. Besides, to make learning simplified there are apps. Many online learning facilitators provide apps to their students. These apps are designed in such manner that everything that students need are available at their fingertips. This way ed-tech connects learner living hundred and thousands of miles away with the college and university. Basically, now it has become the bridge between the learner and learning.

How Ed-Tech Have Innovated Learning?

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The technology was always there in education before. There was time when students learnt about computers. There was the computer system in the class labs. As technology advanced the concept of learning with machines have entered the classroom. Today, there are many schools and higher institutes which have adopted latest techs to make classroom learning engaging. They have also adopted blended learning also termed as hybrid learning. This includes some portion of the classroom learning and some online. This way students remain engaged with both traditional and the new format of education i.e e-learning. And yes there is pure online learning which totally is web and digital-based learning where entire learning takes place at e-learning platform. This was technology in education have innovated new elements in the modern learning.

Walking Into Future

The way techs have surrounded human life it’s not difficult to guess that we have already entered into the digital world. In education, too, technology has been adopted to enhance its standard. Considering all the developments and aspects it cannot be ruled out that techs wave made learning system advanced and futuristic.

So what do you think about the issue of educating special students in Africa? Share your valuable insights with me.

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Mobile Phones – Are They Transforming Education In Africa?

How Mobile Phones Are Transforming Education In Africa

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Access to quality education is one of the biggest challenges across Africa. Several students, who wish to study a university degree, are unable to achieve their academic dreams. 18 year old Lesego, who resides in a remote village in Botswana found it nearly impossible to travel to her nearest university located many hundred miles away towards the eastern region of the country. Moreover, relocation was not an option for her either. However, still she is pursuing higher education directly from the convenience of her own home. How?

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Lesego is studying online, but not from a computer or laptop. As her family cannot afford a computer and the electricity supply in the region faces frequent outages, She is learning on her new smartphone that offers her instant access to the Internet and a wide array of online courses. Most of the courses are developed and offered by leading and reputed universities worldwide.

Does it sound too good to be true? This might be an imaginary situation, but our educators and policymakers are now gearing up to turn this into a reality for aspiring learners who live in such conditions. Mobile phone ownership across Africa is rising as a result of reducing cost and shortage of fixed phone line connections. It is now revolutionising every aspect of African lives from healthcare and banking to politics and agriculture. Now it’s time to transform education. However, the probabilities are being hyped to some extent.

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 In the previous year, CNN announced that mobile technology has “immense” potential which can revolutionise “dysfunctional educational system” in Africa “as mobile phones, cheaper to own and easier to run than PCs, gain ground as tools for delivering teaching content”.

This successfully caught the focus of the international development community. Back in 2011, the Mobile for Education for Development ( m4Ed4Dev) event was organised by the US Agency for International Development and Stanford University. This round-table discussion was held to find out how mobile devices can be used to improve education in developing nations. Moreover, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) published a report titled Turning on Mobile Learning: In Africa and the Middle East.

UNESCO recently hosted the 2nd annual Mobile Learning Week conference where experts explored the potential of mobile learning in helping the “Education for All” goals. Smartphones are already being used for enhancing teacher training and and also to boost communication between educators and university students. However, can mobile phones actually improve access to quality higher education in a significant way?

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  At present, there are more mobile phone users in Africa than in the US. In 2014, it was found that there were more than 650 million people with a mobile phone subscription in Africa. As per a 2012 report by GSMA, sub-Saharan Africa has over 475 million mobile connections, compared to only 12.3 million fixed phone line connections. So, it is highly possible that smartphones can bring about the necessary change which the African education system needs.

Steve Vosloo, senior project officer at UNESCO mobile learning division for teacher development and higher education, said “Mobile phones are having a profound impact on so many levels of society in Africa – communication, banking, entertainment. In terms of access, it is like no other ICT before. Obviously radio and television are huge, and play a massive role, but they are broadcast media, whereas mobile technology is an interactive medium. In terms of uptake it has massively surpassed PCs, so we feel that it warrants particular attention.”

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