By Dina Ghobashy, Senior Global Strategy Lead for Education Leadership at Microsoft
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, educators and learners around the world adapted quickly to a changing environment. Digital tools became critical to enabling teaching and learning, and they fostered people’s ability to connect and communicate. The extent of technology’s impact then depended on system conditions and people’s readiness.
We know now that building communities around education transformation is more important than ever, and digital technology can help empower learners, educators, and institutions. As Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, recently said “When passion, technology and human ingenuity come together, we can reimagine the future of education”.
The rapid advances in capabilities offered by technology provide exciting opportunities to enable educators to enhance the learning experience for all learners. Today, AI-powered solutions can save teachers time on creating, reviewing, and analyzing practice assignments while at the same time, those solutions can provide learners with real-time feedback and coaching. Students emerge as confident learners equipped with self-direction skills that build the foundation of lifelong learning.
This is in addition to the long-recognized role of technology in making learning more engaging, interactive, and inclusive for all learners. For example, game-based learning can help learners visualize complex concepts and apply their learning in collaborative, safe, and practical ways, while also developing digital skills.
In a time when education leaders around the world are facing challenges from burnout and shortages of teachers, the digital divide, and diverse learners’ needs, technology can help schools and systems track the engagement and progress of learners and take data-informed decisions to improve teaching and learning.
Through the adoption of digital tools and platforms, schools and universities have been able to:
- Make learning more equitable and accessible by improving access for all learners across multiple modalities for various learning and engagement scenarios
- Securely unify and manage data, and apply AI to deliver better insights to allow educators and leaders to improve learner outcomes
- Equip educators and staff with the skills needed to teach with technology and teach technical skills to prepare learners for the workforce
Digital transformation of education systems is key to unlocking the full potential of every learner with tools that support foundational and future-ready skills. As we all recognize, learning is a life-long endeavor; learners who are familiar with digital tools and platforms will be better equipped to succeed in their careers. By integrating technology into the learning experience, education institutions can ensure that learners are prepared for the demands of a rapidly changing job market.
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