What Is Education Technology?
Education technology is transforming the learning experience for teachers and students worldwide. And it’s more than just laptops, tablets, and interactive displays: edge, cloud, networking, and data center technologies are also integral pieces of the overall ecosystem.
Right now, these technologies are coming together in exciting and innovative ways to enable increased access, engagement, collaboration, and personalization. At Intel, we’re working tightly with educators, administrators, and solution builders to help create an ideal foundation for the modern, connected, tailored learning experience. Our goal is to realize amazing outcomes for learners around the world.
Technology makes a deeper level of personalization possible. Devices are important elements of any strategy, but delivering personalized and adaptive learning requires data center, networking, cloud, and edge technologies too. At Intel, we’re working with technology leaders across industries to optimize results and enhance integration.
To best prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution, modern learners need ample opportunities to apply critical thinking, analytics, and data science skills. Technology is an essential part of fostering these skill sets, and school districts and parents must provide increased access to the tools and devices their learners need. Across grade levels, students also need the right devices for their coursework so they can become familiar with the tools, skill sets, and applications they’ll use in their professional future.
Technology helps maximize the impact that teachers have on the world. Leveraging modern tools and devices, they can deliver more-tailored experiences, accommodate more learning styles, and even reach more learners at once. AI and analytics solutions can reduce repetitive manual tasks and allow educators to spend more time working directly with students.
The Benefits of Education Technology
Equitable, Engaging, and Personalized Education
The comprehensive impact of education technology—across the classroom, the edge, the cloud, and the data center—is an immersive experience that leads to powerful student outcomes. Powerful PCs give students access to modern tools so they can practice their critical-thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills. Interactive displays help make learning more dynamic and allow educators to better accommodate visual learners, digital natives, and hybrid learning scenarios.
When combined with other AI and analytics technologies, classroom devices become delivery vehicles for highly tailored learning experiences. Students can receive a customized flow of content and coursework based on their unique needs. Teachers can easily access information about their classroom and understand both classroom-wide and student-specific trends to make better decisions.
When all aspects of the education technology ecosystem work together, true personalized learning is achieved.
Increased Collaboration, Community, and Connectivity
Collaboration solutions afford both students and teachers new opportunities to connect with other learners, resources, and the community at large.
Doing so, they can bring together students from across the globe to widen perspectives and encourage broader thinking. Increased access to the outside world both helps develop critical problem-solving skills and creates a more-lively learning experience.
Ultimately, the goal of education is to prepare students for the world and the demands of the job market they will be entering upon graduation. Today and tomorrow, employers need tech-savvy workers that are familiar with current devices and tools—but they also need people with the right mind-set for applying technology to solve real-world problems. Education technology helps students enter the job market with a skill set that’s well suited for a variety of employment roles.
A Holistic Solution for Students, Teachers, and Parents
With a comprehensive education technology solution, everyone involved gains increased access to the information they need. Parents can more easily stay engaged and aware of their child’s progress, with 24/7 access and simplified ways to reach out to teachers. Likewise, teachers can more easily share information with parents and keep them informed of their learner’s in-class behavior. Students can spend less time finding relevant coursework and materials and more time learning.
Personalized learning and rich, multimedia experiences will continue to rely on data center and cloud technologies to enable student outcomes. Today’s learners rely on cloud data centers for a wide range of essential functions—from turning in homework to collaborating with peers and storing important documents.