In 2020, students, parents and educators around the world were thrown into the challenge of remote learning almost overnight. As physical classrooms became virtual, we all had to navigate this new form of education. Parents became homeschoolers, teachers had to master how to keep classes engaged via video conference, and children had to manage months of classes without the benefits of a physical school system, like learning immersion and seeing friends.
12 months later, the outlook for online learning has drastically changed. As we look forward, it’s important that schools don’t revert entirely to pre-pandemic ways. Our world is becoming increasingly digital and schools aren’t exempt from this. Rather than being concerned about the possibility of chronic disruption and change, educators should embrace the potential of new technologies to truly deliver on the education of tomorrow and meet the evolving needs of their students.
Harnessing data and analytics to improve learning
For educators and parents, one of the key advantages of implementing such solutions is gaining better insights into how engaged children are when they’re learning remotely. The challenge is to identify which children need help and how to track if they are keeping up. This is where smart data analytics and advanced visualisation tools come into play. For example, we integrate tools like BigQuery and Looker into our solutions providing a platform on which to build added functionality, giving teachers and parents the insights they need to help children on their learning journey.
Data and analytics can identify potential issues with students online behaviour and allow educators to manage them quickly. Technology doesn’t have to be a scary concept for schools – and they don’t have to do it alone.
For example, Linewize partners with schools to guide them into the future of hybrid learning, tailoring their solutions to improve student experience, digital safety and enhanced learning capabilities. Cyber safety ecosystems like ours enable collaboration between schools, parents and cyber safety educators.
Looking beyond the education bubble
More of our lives are moving online every day, and as they do, there are greater calls from parents and teachers for tools that help keep children safe wherever they are learning. With education technology providers facing greater demand than ever before, it’s important that they are looking outside the realm of teaching to scale and ensure they’re supporting the future of learning.
Linewize has had enormous success working with Google Cloud to scale up and meet growing demands of service at pace – and other education providers should look at how they can engage tech partners to support their growth too. Ultimately, the right partners will improve both responsiveness and capabilities of edutech solutions providers.
The education of tomorrow
Technology played a huge role in maintaining a sense of normality during 2020, enabling students to continue accessing critical education, no matter how the learning was delivered. As we continue our navigation of the post-pandemic world, educators must start thinking about how technology fits in, and enables the future of learning.
The good news is, education providers won’t necessarily have to invest heavily in a complex suite of new tools to be prepared for ongoing disruption, enhance hybrid teaching environments and improve the learning experience of their students.
Our systems of education are changing, along with the way that the next generation of students will view digital tools and technology. It’s critical that schools understand they don’t have to do it alone, and the right partners can help them take advantage of new innovations, and keep students safe along the way.