Educomp’s Shantanu Prakash hints at the changes needed in Smart Education and Edtech
Shantanu Prakash, the founder of Educomp Solutions, hints the need of a new approach and innovative trends to ramp digital education for India’s education sector. Majority of the ‘smart’ classes are only concentrated around cities and metropolitan areas, courtesy the larger focus on edtech by the urban diaspora. Although, the utility has to be extended to remote locations as well as rural areas in India – especially the ones that require support to their current infrastructure. To use digital education in the smartest way possible, a network has to be created, which links students, educators, and guardians.
A large number of schools are only limiting themselves to an Internet connection, a projector, and simple educational videos. Digital education specialists advise that these schools are only touching the surface. “Smart education is more than just a projector and a computer,” explains a smartclass expert from Educomp.
Daniel Newman, CEO of the Broadsuit Media Group, counts gamification and artificial intelligence as important facets that need to be explored extensively. Virtual Reality or simply VR, can give students a panoramic view to some of their chapters. For example, a 3-dimensional view of a carbon dioxide molecule will give the students a better understanding of how molecules are formed.
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As far as innovation through edtech goes, gamification offers one of the best functionalities to smart education instruments. The mixture of incentivized learning with fun creates a learning-friendly environment while making sure that the allure of tech stays in the process without presenting any capacity for boredom. For instance, consider younger students responding to more a friendly cartoon character who teaches them multiplication step by step. When the students learn the mechanism and concept of a certain topic, questions will follow. When the doubts have been cleared, they’ll have a clearer overview.
Drexel University’s Online Learning Senior Vice President, Susan Alridge explains, “These virtual game worlds provide a unique opportunity to apply new knowledge and make mission-critical decisions, while identifying obstacles, considering multiple perspectives and rehearsing various responses.” Some of the popular educative games like Math Ninja and QuizUp have attracted a huge following from children and adults alike.
Artificial intelligence gives ‘Siri’-like bots that answer to children’s complex queries. That’s just the outside shell of artificial intelligence. Advanced AI can use machine learning to study a student’s characteristics, and create a personalized report by assessing their weak and strong points. Furthermore, the report can be used to create lesson plans and personalized learning roadmaps for the student.
India has a school dropout rate of less than 40%, which is decreasing faster as education standards are bettering. Shantanu Prakash reveals that at the current pace, it will take 10 years for digital education and smart classes to come to all the schools. For this to increase, the government needs to take a strong initiative in digitizing education apart from making it available everywhere.