The entire world is going through a critical situation. Almost everything except emergency services is in the ‘Statue’ gesture. There is no clear idea about the vaccine, medication, or another way to get rid of it, But, as we know that show must go on and we cannot sit idle for a long. Human life and its operations and processes must be inflow.
Governments and associated authorities are trying to get things well but again it will take some time for the normalization. This pandemic is badly affecting multiple systems of every country. Financial disturbances, downfall in the economy, stress on healthcare systems, social unbalances, and of course the education system.
When we talk about financial management then governments can take different decisions and make structured strategies to bring the things on track. Likewise, for others too but education is an exception for it and that is of concern for education and education systems.
The education system is something that needs to treat on a different battlefield.
Finding options for classes, exams setup, marks, and grades offering, providing education to rural areas is tough in developing and underdeveloped countries.
If we take the example of exam-related concerns then we found that in many countries and different states have canceled the exams and offered marks, grades to the students based on their overall performance, and by doing that they push students in the next class.
We know that this is not going to be a solution is not something which could be a solution. Then what can we do? Is there any better way to handle it? Then the answer is yes and that is technology.
In a philosophical context, technology cannot answer all your problems but it could provide the perfect solutions for your queries.
In nutshell, the education system process can be classified into three different parts.
Curriculum: When the authorities design the curriculum for any standards, they usually consider current trends, mental status of the student of the intended age group, and most important coverage of content.
Classroom activity: It is the most important aspect of the education system. The place where the real activity of human creation takes place.
Examinations: It is a parameter to check the understanding and grasping of the student.
Out of these three, curriculum designing and documentation of it is not going to hamper in lockdown like conditions as there is the involvement of a team and the maximum of the structure is already designed. More importantly, this is not a frequent or yearly activity.
Classroom activity is the most important aspect of the education system. It should not get hampered in conditions like lockdown. Now, how and where can we use technology in this process? Already many of the schools and educational institutions have started online classes. Taking periods every day, giving homework, and further analysis is the general cycle of these classes. This cycle varies from standards to standards and classes to classes. We need to make it more interactive and to do that.
Use of curriculum-based apps
With those extracurricular activities to be added into that
Online team and grouping
Online puzzles and games
Live performance of reading/answering
If we consider the above five points for a successful and excellent experience for the education system, then the use of Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Augmented Reality and other emerging technologies can provide different options.
The apps consist of features like AI-enabled suggestions and search for topics. Augmented reality enabled applications can add great value to complex structure understanding. Not only science but mathematics and geometry are always a pain area for students and for that special attention is needed. To do that Augmented reality can help in building customized models, real-world examples, and further visualization.
Artificial intelligence-enabled tools can help in understanding the multiple contexts of one term or one object. Terms like probability can easily make understandable using AI.
For examinations also online pattern is working. One point here to understand that the entire process of the examination must be monitored and that technology can provide better solutions. Online examinations pattern can be made better and transparent using machine learning.
The current pandemic is a surprise for us and no idea about further evolutions. It looks like we need to be prepared for this type of incident over the coming future.
In the arena of all these processes, few important directives are security, usability, and connectivity.
There are many tools that are available to monitor it, but more work needs to be done in the area of auto-fixes for issues and show stopper findings.
Education, subject, and knowledge are enormous and the technology too.
Last but not the least point is the use of emerging technology for the education of special kids. The use of mixed reality (Augmented + Virtual) can provide the best way for special kids to understand things easily and respond accordingly.
So, there is tremendous scope for technology in the field of education in pandemics or any other world pausing incidences.