Smart-classes are steadily making inroads into classrooms in Indian schools. According to the Indian Education Sector Outlook — the total number of schools in India stands at 1.3 million, and around 10% of the private schools have tapped the potential of multimedia classroom teaching, whereas in government schools have also started at small scale. Today, many smart class solutions with exhaustive digital content repository are available and used by teachers. Even the book publishers are now providing digital content along with books which is contributing to the content repository.
Curriculum books are the primary source of learning in K12 market. Smart-board ready digital content fully mapped with curriculum books allows teachers to be focused and also meet her primary KPI of completing the course curriculum effectively and efficiently. Solutions that work offline with no internet dependency is the need of the hour. Most schools at this time are reluctant in giving internet access to students in school premise so publishers are providing additional content in digital format to schools. Britannica’s Conceptpedia smart-class server and Conceptpedia content are an effective effort in this direction. It clears core concepts and also improves student’s engagement level in the classroom.
Internet penetration in India is at 34.8% and is expected to double by 2020. According to ‘The Future of Internet in India’ report by Nasscom and Alamai Technologies – 75 % of new Internet users in India will come from rural areas. Which explains why new education solutions built on a cloud and mobile technologies are now being introduced into the education system. Adoption of these products would allow providers to capture data points that were never captured before and at a much bigger scale. New insights into the learning patterns, efficacy of different pedagogies would emerge as these data are modelled and analyzed. This will fuel new innovations both in learning product and services space.
As artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality and virtual reality make inroads into industries, educational technology will be no exception. Artificial intelligence technology will increasingly be pervasive. New research around education domain in machine learning and virtual reality would help in reshaping the way people learn. Although I am hopeful that the age of these technologies will dawn on education but its adoption is dependent on the speed of digital backbone infrastructure readiness.