The education sector is transforming – with technology advancements to aid teaching, and an increasingly digital world. New technologies are constantly being developed to help schools meet the needs of ever-more-diverse student populations. Digital devices, software, and learning platforms offer pathways to tailor education to each student’s interests and motivations, personal preferences, strengths and weaknesses. Schools are using digital devices such as laptops and tablets to quickly, and easily connect students to a vast array of resources and subject-matter experts. Students are using digital technologies to connect with other students across the globe to engage in self-directed learning in areas of personal interest and expertise.
Educational technology is the use of technology to improve education. It is a systematic, iterative process for designing instruction or training used to improve performance.
There are several reasons to embrace educational technology:
- Integrating technology into the classroom is a channel to reach diversity in learning styles. Used correctly, it can help prepare students for their future careers, which will include the use of wireless technology.
- Collaborative technology gives students the ability to interact with their classmates in a different way, and access a global network of peers and educators. Students are able to access the biggest repository of information at a click of a button, and get support from external providers to help with assignment writing.
- Technology helps the teachers prepare students for the real world environment. As we become increasingly more technology-dependent, being technically savvy will become a qualification, not something that makes you stand out. Integrating technology in education also helps students stay engaged. Students will be more engaged by learning using tools they are used to.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some EdTech companies to be on the lookout for in 2017.
MindSumo helps college students develop problem-solving, communications, and creative thinking skills by allowing them to solve real-world corporate challenges. They do this through their online platform which makes it possible to address challenges and apply knowledge whilst earning money for college.
AdmitSee has created the largest, searchable “admissions office filing cabinet.” Their database of college application materials puts peer-supplied data in the hands of students and empowers applicants to make better decisions about where to apply and how they can put their best foot forward in applying to colleges of their choice.
CodeMonkey teaches “real-world coding and provides immediate feedback, which leads to skill progression.” They provide comprehensive online professional development for instructors. In addition, they can provide detailed lesson plans, automatic assessments, feedback, and grading. CodeMonkey’s key features enhance problem-solving, logic and creativity in students allowing students to learn in-demand skills through a highly intuitive and engaging experience.
StudySoup is an online marketplace for college students where they can upload notes and study guides to the StudySoup Marketplace. Anyone looking for study notes or content can then purchase the study materials – one earns income, the other gets a set of study notes to help them through their exams.