Technology in Academics

Technology in Academics

In the advanced age of technology, edtech facilitates educational organizations to provide students with quick access to information, complete tasks & assignments and experience forehand the techniques and tools that they would use in the professional world. As more educational organizations adapt to technology, administrators, teachers, students, and parents are able to communicate with educational organizations in an improved fashion through timely notifications and a virtual connection. Periodical analysis and grading through LMS software help in developing a conducive atmosphere in organizations for student success and learning.

Challenges in use of Edtech by Organizations

Technology and its role in educational organizations has long evolved from a limited “digital classroom” into a versatile engaging learning tool that changes how teachers demonstrate concepts, assign projects and assess student progress. Despite growing advantages, adoption of technology by organizations is yet to yield maximum results. While some organizations ponder if they should incorporate more technology, others are eager on how to scale up technology. In the following areas, technology has shown its potential for improving organization functionality.

  • Virtual Organizational portfolios:
      An organization head must be able to maintain a well-designed, easily accessible virtual profile of his organization like an individual has a profile on a social networking site. A technically efficient tool needs to be in place for such virtual organization portfolio where an organization’s offerings, credibility, achievements and more can be showcased to a properly channelized target group along with a call to action such as to join the organization. Also, organization heads must be able to access any information of his organization all in one place along with managing day to day organization functions.
  • Easy data movement:
      It must be the primary right for every organization using technology to be able to import and export large quantities of data from one device to another without any hassle. Most SaaS models store data on their cloud and give no autonomy to organizations over when and how to utilize, move, modify and store data of their students, curriculum and operations.
  • Increase efficiency in assessment:
      An integrated system that will help teachers collect real-time assessment data from their students is not a common sight at educational institutions. When the teacher gives out an assignment, s/he should be able to view how far along students are, how much time a student spends on each question, and whether their answers are correct. With this comprehensive information, the teacher can decide what concepts students are struggling with and can pull up examples of students' work for discussion.
  • Cost efficient implementation:
      Available LMS SaaS models and organization management systems have a cost ineffective structure. Their licensing costs are nominal and not really burdensome. But their inability to cater to the needs of organizations make way for additional help, technology adaptations and increased man power to handle technical burdens. This creates a need to seek newer ways to reduce annual organizational expenditures on hardware, software and support. The real challenge is to do this without placing students and parents at a disadvantage.
  • Communicative networking solution:
      Organizations are examining ways to enhance task management so that hours are not needlessly wasted in the everyday running of an organization. Instead of having different systems for keeping track of organization management, teachers, students and parents, a channelized medium will serve the purpose. Interactive solutions involving all stakeholders at the same end of spectrum will ensure more efficiency.
Need for a Unified Network
    1. Using technology to maximize your organization’s productivity creates a platform to realize true organization success.
      Different tasks like preparing newsletters, sending school notifications, inputting grades, and updating class-specific websites are some recurring tasks to start with which need a unified network for proper transmission of information. For teachers, the ability to give feedback to students and quickly grade assignments on a single platform frees up valuable time that is better spent on the instruction in the classroom. Using a comprehensive system that allows teachers & admins to quickly complete and organize tasks is a win-win-win scenario for any organization. Teachers are motivated by increased efficiency, students get higher quality education and greater access to information from their teachers, and parents are able to keep up on their child’s work and ensure that they are making targeted progress. One account on a unified network to manage all of these tasks pushes everything online and makes it exponentially easier to stay in control of the daily routine.
      This includes Administrators’ benefit from advances in technology as well. Due to the rise in need for online forms and databases, it has to be easier than ever to track student files and access necessary paperwork with the click of a button. From new student registration, to seeing which students have participated in what extracurricular activities, completing tasks with the help of the latest technology reduces clutter and eliminates most paperwork. In addition, being able to see a student’s profile allows organization heads, administrators and teachers to follow up for information that is missing, without worrying about the risk of paper files being misplaced.
      Thus, the need for a unified network which helps create student & teacher communities which will be beneficial in over organization development is still a work in progress.