Students at all ability levels and from all backgrounds should be able to access contents delivered in classrooms. Accessibility is thus a key element in education, and a lot of effort in recent years was made to reach the highest rate possible. EdTech, in its turn, played its part in chasing this goal, being fully committed to deliver affordable learning to all students. Let’s see how.
Even when significant inequalities within the classroom don’t occur, technology facilitates interaction between students and teachers, by creating digital environments where a one-to-one relationship is easier and more frequent. There are multiple occasions where communication mediated by technology is appreciable: think about the need for individual assignments, tasks’ personalization or anonymous feedbacks, or even the circulation of teaching material; EdTech eases every process, avoiding the risk of making some students feel struggling or excluded.
According to one survey by Capterra, 69% of students demonstrate the willing to use technologic devices to perform day-to-day activities in school. The reasons are different, like research, note-taking or schedule checking: all tasks that have always been part of the education process, but can definitely be facilitated if supported by mobile devices. EdTech can shorten the gap between the way these tasks are performed at home – students are already used to rely on laptops for their homework – and the methodology adopted in class, generating a more linear learning flow.
We discussed other times about the benefits of tailoring instructions to individual students’ needs, because this is clearly one of the core advantages of Education Technology. It allows pupils to move through education materials and lessons at their own pace, and this is crucial to make struggling students feel comfortable and able to catch-up with the others. Furthermore, also very capable students gain the possibility to expand the learning program in accordance to their rhythm and potential. The more you personalise content delivery and review for different learning styles and levels, the more your classroom will result in an inclusive environment in which all students can learn.
In recent years great attention was dedicated to raise awareness and expertise around learning disabilities, to ensure affected students to be properly assisted and helped to perform day-to-day activities. Generally, students with learning diseases have always been supported by specialized personnel, able to take care of their education and to ensure an equal performance.
EdTech, indeed, brings a major contribution to help students with LD and their teachers: assistive technology – such as voice recognition, mind-mapping software and text-to-speech – are able to further improve these pupils’ learning experience, stimulating their abilities but also facilitating the interaction with other students.
The modern education system is frequently challenged by the need to slash the budget; furthermore, the size of the classrooms is increasing, and teachers are finding increasingly difficult to ensure all students the same level of knowledge. Technology can definitely play its part in lowering the costs of the education system: by cutting back on printed materials, making resources accessible online and reducing the cost of teachers’ labour, significant savings are generated, and budget can be relocated to grant a high-quality teaching and learning experience to all students.
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