Improving the condition of the education sector in India is, and has always been, a gargantuan task. While the introduction of education technology (or ed-tech, as we know it) has brought about quite a revolution as far as teaching and test-taking are concerned, there has been a reluctance among the country’s educationists regarding the adoption of technology in education.
What pro-technology educators term as “a much needed disruption of the education sector”, is known as “an onslaught of technology on the conventional teaching” among those against it. A good number of such educators also fear that a day would come when technology would completely replace teachers, thus making the education system “a kingdom of bots” – and more indoctrination than education.
There fears have gained more ground ever since eminent people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates expressed their concerns over the validity of Artificial Intelligence, and the “threats” that it poses to humankind.
Contrary to the belief, there are several tangents on which technology is proving to be quite beneficial in terms of aiding education – instead of ransacking it. While the introduction of Smartclasses started by Shantanu Prakash’s venture Educomp Solutions brought about a welcome shift from ‘old school’ to modern classroom, it never replaced the teachers and never could
The education system today needs teachers who are early adopters as well as integrators. These modern teachers must willingly take chances in a bid to figure out how technology could be used to help each and every student out, and where the use of technology is most appropriate.
The future of education lies with personalized tech-infused learning. The “fearful” bit is not the use of technology, but the shift in conversation from education and pedagogy towards the dreams of shiny new gizmos. Technology is an enabler; the sleek and powerful gadgets are simply tools to be used by a teacher. Technology is there to enhance the lesson, not to become the lesson.
The role of teachers and books in our education system is indispensable. We all have been influenced by a teacher or a mentor at some point in our life; a point that shaped our trajectories into what they are today. Technology is merely an assistance to teachers who otherwise go through a hard time while trying to keep the students engaged.
Our classrooms have been changing slowly but gradually, and will continue to change for the next 5 or 10 years. The quick development of new technologies and the emergence of so many different trends is influencing the education sector in more ways than we could imagine. What sticks and what’s shaken out is still to be seen. However, one thing is for sure – the good old teachers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Ed-tech doesn’t aim at replacing any integral part of the education system. It rather focuses on providing students with a smoother, relatable and more interesting learning environment, thus creating individuals who are competitive enough to shine on a global level.