The system for transferring knowledge is expanding. This process was happening throughout history where the mode of learning went of repetitive spoken words (read, the gurukul method) to written word and now due to the boom in IT convergence technology to visuals impulses and much more. The amount of information that was accessible to a person has multiplied many-fold with the invention of interfaces such as the internet, and portable platforms complimenting these interfaces such as smart-phones, laptops and tablets. At this point of time there are thousands of educational apps available on the online app stores of various companies. Most of these apps are created on the android platform which due to its open source nature has revolutionized the education industry by putting factors creativity and utility first. The quality of education provided can be significantly improved by such endeavours, but a lot lies upon how the scholars and their tutors utilize these platforms.
What’s Wrong With The Traditional Way?
It was extremely difficult in the traditional classroom setup to provide a quality of education that was once desired off it. Individual attention has suffered the brunt of population explosion and expecting a teacher to take care of one slow child in a class of fifty, and giving him/her the required attention is ludicrous. Capturing attention, focusing it on the topic at hand and keeping it there, keeps getting more difficult as the lengths of the lecture halls increase.
Each child is snowflake, as cheesy as that sounds it holds true in the context of education as well. Each and every student has a specific process which they device during their marathon of an educational life to help them during the hard times. Most of the times these processes go unnoticed, but if taken a good look at they tell the story of how each individual has a specific way of absorbing information and then processing it. The stories of UPSC exam toppers (or any exam for that matter) that we read in the newspapers, fail to mention how, when (and it always does) their conventional educational system failed them, they devised their own personal strategy to handle a subject or even a topic. Some write it again and again to imprint it into their muscle memory; some create an extremely graphic page (we all have gone crazy with those highlighters) with all the info crammed into a small space, which helps their visual cortex to absorb the information better.
With the modern edu-tech scenario blooming with each passing hour, companies are getting invested into providing better educational facilities, which though come at a price, are sure worth it. With the roots of technology running through the soil of education, it’s easier now for each individual to get the information that’s most specific to them. The teacher was the centre of the data web in the educational setup established before in the conventional method of education, but due too many nodes and numerous impulses and opinions flowing through them the system started crashing a lot. This problem is solved with the help of individual interfaces that remove the management section of a teachers’ efforts and frees them to handle the question solving and doubt removing section.
Let’s take a look at how the technological sector is putting new life into the traditional education setup by interfaces such as android applications.
- The learning experience is flexible in nature – The format of classroom oriented education as discussed above is not holding its ground anymore. Android Application provide flexibility in the learning experience by providing content in varied formats such as graphic videos, podcasts, and various other formats.
- Higher Immersion into content – Like a teacher who has a drawling lecture after lunch time, bookish knowledge puts many students to sleep. The interactive format of the content provided helps the students to get immersed into the universe created in front of them. The course of gets completed faster due to this and the retention rates have also seen to be higher.
- Number of devices compatible gives ease of use – The modern edu-tech interface can be used with multiple devices which make it easier for the students to browse through various forms of content at any place at any point of time. Platforms such as personal computers, smart-phones and tablets help the students in learning numerous forms of content at numerous platforms.
- Self-pacing your own learning process – Each learner is an individual who has different paces to absorb and process the content served. The mobile learning industry helps students set a pace to their edification. A teacher can try in a class to give individual attention but it’s almost impossible due to the amount of students. These mobile learning platforms perform keeping the individual comfort of students in mind and thus they receive an unprecedented attention.
With the learning scenario changing with every passing minute, the educational application industry is the next booming sector when it comes down to the edu-tech industry. The basic idea that goes into it is to educate students that not only have good grasp of the theory but also understand the concepts to their full extent. These apps have been winning the hearts of the public by providing not only course material but also supportive preparatory content such as download links to NCERT Books and solutions. What’s left now is to see how these companies reinvent the educative content along with being honest to the course content.
With a degree in Bachelors of Journalism, Bhoumik Joshi arrived into content writing via the print journalism world. In his press days, he was working extensively on investigative field assignments. Fascinated by the textual labyrinth one has to traverse through in the process of writing SEO optimized content, he started delving deeper into Digital Marketing. A music aficionado he spends most of his free time surfing the World Wide Web for inspiration. With an experience of two years in content writing coupled with his witty penmanship he aims to create a niche experience for his readers.