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EdTech: How Quickly Will Online Platforms Replace the Traditional Classroom?

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While the Internet has already revolutionized many major industries, it is time for you to get acquainted with EdTech. Research shows that digital textbooks sales will grow rapidly within the next years. Plus, online courses are gaining traction among industry experts and professionals looking to gain core skills. Finally, the EdTech market sets itself apart by personalizing courses to fit the needs of its users.

  • With the rise in personal mobile phones and other electronic devices came with a strictly enforced ban by various school districts. However, a study released last week showed that, today, most American schools actually encourage students to bring their own laptops or tablets! According to the Ball State’s Institute of Mobile Media Research, the number of students who own tablets will rise from 40% to 50% next year. In fact, educational experts agree that technology will drive personalized learning, acquiring professional skills, and future classroom enrolment. Consequently, with the digital textbook era and the digitalization process, many smartphone and desktop educational applications are being launched in order to help students to learn better.

Scholar’s Publisher, a start-up from Toronto, launched a new portal where students can buy or rent digital textbooks at discount prices. In contrast, traditional, bound textbooks are costly and very heavy. Plus, professors can write and publish digital texts for instant publication.  Creating a market for instant and cheaper textbook purchases will in the future democratize learning for students anywhere.

  • Knewton, an American company, is an adaptive learning platform that aims to improve quality learning and increase access to education to more students around the world. Last month, the adaptive learning start-up announced an important partnership with education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in order to provide its revolutionary learning technology to millions of K-12 students.

How is Knewton different? Indeed, the company didn’t create its own learning application. Instead, Knewton creates partnerships with the biggest publishers, educational institutions and EdTech companies in order to help them improve or launch their own applications. Knewton recognized that each student had a unique background and therefore learned better during a more customized learning experience. They adapted and reorganized the content in textbooks to meet the needs of each student.

  • In France, we do not see these same trends in digital technology as in the US educational system. Vincent Peillon, the minister of Education, wants to go further and introduce more computer science and software courses.

An incredible investment of 2 millions of euros by Gutenberg Technology last month, will initiate the digitalisation of school textbooks. The company developed the MyEbookFactory 5.0 platform, which exports books in a XML format and consequently promote the digital format. The company aims encourage the use of digital books at schools, which is considered as a formidable opportunity for current students. As education content is being more and more accessible, a “modern textbook” could be key: interactive and customizable. Thanks to a platform accessed by a tablet or laptop, instructors and students could be connected and work together. Students would engage by using videos, educational games, interactive chat messaging tools with a professor when they need help. Consequently, we can assume that in a few years, students might be able to learn exclusively on a tablet or a laptop. With this new technology, students would learn faster and learning would be more creative and intuitive.

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