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Education
technology:
What it is,
and what the
future looks like

Author: Satta Sarmah Hightower

Today's students are encountering more technology in the classroom than ever before, from interactive whiteboards to video conferencing tools and e-learning platforms.

In recent years, education technology has transformed how students learn and how teachers teach, helping educators create more immersive learning environments. But as technology grows in the classroom, it has become increasingly important to nurture digital skills in teachers and students and ensure they get as much value as possible out of these solutions.

What is education technology?

Education technology, or ed tech, is designed and used to facilitate learning and improve student performance and engagement.

Ed tech has grown over the last decade, as smart classrooms pop up in schools across the country and tablets and laptops become the norm in classrooms. The size of the ed tech market was nearly $90 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow by nearly 20% from 2021 to 2028, according to Grand View Research. The pandemic only accelerated these trends as technology became a lifeline for millions of students participating in remote learning. Nearly 93% of American households with school-age kids had children who participated in some form of distance learning, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

While ed tech can help to improve the learning experience—along with the skills and experience of dedicated teachers—it isn't a cure-all. Teachers, students and schools also need resources and support to improve how they use these tools.

Preparing for the future of education

As the education technology landscape expands, schools will need resources like next-generation education portals to help ensure teachers and students use ed tech solutions as effectively as possible. How students learn may be changing, but technology can help to nurture a more collaborative, inclusive and engaging learning environment that better serves students of all backgrounds, geographies and learning styles.

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FAQs

What is education technology? +
  • Education technology is designed to facilitate learning and meet the changing needs of students in the information age.

How important is technology in education? +
  • Technology helps schools create more immersive, accessible and inclusive learning experiences by allowing students to engage with educational content in new and engaging ways.

What are some examples of education technology? +
  • Interactive whiteboards, e-learning platforms, virtual and augmented reality apps, 3D printing devices, interactive games and internet-connected tablets, laptops and smartphones are all examples of ed tech.

What is new in education technology? +
  • Over the last 18 months, integrated distance learning platforms to facilitate hybrid and remote learning, along with mobile hotspot solutions and robust wireless connectivity, have become more important for ensuring learning continuity and expanding access to education in different environments.