While the unprecedented era of COVID-19 threw the world into unforeseen problems, it is also paving new paths towards innovative problem solving.
The restrictions on physical gatherings necessitated by the need to contain the virus have caused education institutions to depart from traditional teaching methods. This has led to the increased adoption of remote learning as a medium of instruction.
Schools and Colleges all over the world have been quick to rise to the occasion and adopt Education Technology in order to cater to the needs of their students.
Popularly known as EdTech, Education Technology refers to hardware and software designed to enhance teacher-led learning in classrooms and improve the quality of education for students.
According to Kwasi Aggor, who works in the EdTech industry, “EdTech is an attempt to provide education in a way that suits the user by pairing technology with traditional educational methods.”
Aggor feels fortunate to work in EdTech during the pandemic. He says this is a crucial juncture for countless students and schools as they transition to online and distance-learning platforms.
He goes on to say that it’s rewarding to be part of the solution. Aggor and his team were able to help many districts that had no plans in place to provide their student body with remote learning experiences.
Aggor believes that EdTech is a holistic approach to learning and conducive to a more equitable learning environment.
“I believe that EdTech makes it possible to give everybody access to a great education”, says Aggor.
He thinks that an equity gap exists in education due to economic disparities in society. He says that the increasing adoption of EdTech can help mitigate its effects.
“EdTech allows us to distribute resources more equitably throughout all communities regardless of background.”
Aggor believes that EdTech brings students closer together by providing a platform for interaction and collaboration.
“We have students from different homes, states, countries, backgrounds, all in the same classroom where they can share and learn from each other’s experiences.”
EdTech reduces barriers to learning by providing students with instructional videos and online classes.
Asynchronous learning makes education accessible for students who are unable to attend class physically due to sickness or for personal reasons. It also enables students to engage in online instruction at their own pace regardless of timezone.
Aggor says that EdTech helps students succeed in their careers and become better people who will later go on to contribute to their communities.
“Being more inclusive and understanding of our fellow human beings will help them create a better society”, says Aggor.
He also believes that EdTech will help people lead healthier lives, have better jobs and develop a better outlook on life.
“I want to help students pursue things that are meaningful to them.”