Education is one of the most traditionally-inclined industries in the world. Historically, this is an industry that has been run predominantly – if not wholly – on traditional methods and models of teaching and learning. For decades, this was how it worked. Generations have gone through the education system as it has been traditionally, and they have gone on to flourish into well-rounded individuals. The success of traditional education has not changed. But the world has.
More and more over recent years, traditional education systems and processes have fallen more and more out of touch with the generations of students going through the system right now, and there is one sole reason for that. That reason is the evolution of the modern world, and the necessity for evolution in its wake. This evolution is, of course, the rise of technological influence in the modern world. But how did we get from there to here?
A traditional industry at heart
It is no big secret that education is a traditional field. From books and pen and paper, to the methods, models, and environments that education took place in, education has historically always been hinged on the same concepts and contributors that have always served it so well. Education has had dominantly – if not wholly – paper materials and resources, educators have taught in brick and mortar spaces, and students learnt the old fashion way. And then along came technological innovation.
Technological disruption arrives
Technological advancement and digitalisation have been hitting industries around the world hard throughout recent years, and the introduction of tech to the education sector is one of the latest to have profound and ongoing impact. Technology has well and truly disrupted the education industry. Aptly called EdTech (education technology), this technology is transforming the education sector and making it easier for both educators and students alike.
Everything from the assessment submission formats, to the forms and permissions for school trips to France, have been changed at the core by technological innovation and rapid digitalisation. At first, people were understandably concerned that the introduction of tech to such a traditional industry would rule out the age-old principles at play.
Tradition and modernisation collide
Traditional education is a marvel, and it has done wonders for generations. Since the dawn of the inception of education as a core industry around the world, it has been gaining traction as a crucial societal pillar. This fact has never wavered. When technological advancement and digitalisation first made their influence known in the modern world, tech began to improve the industry, and it has been an ever-evolving and advancing movement since.
EdTech makes education more convenient, more efficient, and quicker than ever. Rather than taking over from traditional education entirely, this modernised iteration of education in fact works in alignment with traditional methods and models to make them more efficient and easier to follow and use for all parties. In this way, EdTech has positively transformed this traditional industry, making it more efficient than ever before. And this is only the beginning.