Well, whether you’ve seen a gap in accessibility, realized you can streamline a learning process, or know that there are better ways of getting didactic messages across—an EdTech app is one of the most incredible methods to improving teaching in our ever-digitizing world.
EdTech is transforming the ways learning institutions are managed. It’s instilling, regulating, and improving how companies offer continuing enrichment to their employees. And, it’s connecting students with new, engaging ways of learning that were never possible before.
It’s cool stuff—and a booming industry, with a projected 18.1% YOY annual growth rate through 2027.
Ergo, if you’re looking to get your EdTech startup into the market and transform how we teach—now is a good time. And if you’re curious about the essential features of an EdTech app, we’ve got you covered.
So what is an EdTech app? Good question. Let’s get into it.
(Looking to learn how to develop an EdTech app? Look no further.)
What is EdTech?
EdTech—a portmanteau of “Education” and “Technology”—is the practice of combining the technical IT resources we have today to revolutionize the way we teach.
We’re in a time where teaching environments and educational resources differ so significantly across the world. But, EdTech apps make classrooms everywhere more interactive, inclusive, engaging, and personalized to the student.
There are so many possible applications of EdTech apps. For example, Duolingo—for those of us who need a productive outlet for our petty competitive streak. Ergo, EdTech spans far outside of the classroom.
But inside the classroom? It’s doing amazing things.
For example—using IoT to create digital classrooms for students, wherever they are. Those digital whiteboards, in-classroom tablets, or digital textbooks? All EdTech apps.
Or, online content delivery systems, or Learning Management Systems (LMS) that improve, track, and personalize the learning experience with Artificial Intelligence (AI)—all while making it more collaborative.
So, for instance—LMS EdTech apps allow for automation that customizes the curriculum per the individual student’s mastery of the material—reinforcing weaker points and new content at a pace tailored to the student.
But they also provide a way for students to connect with and learn from peers or have direct communication with educators.
Moreover, there are even EdTech robots. Coupled with machine learning (ML) and blockchain, they take the load off teachers by providing homework question answers, creating lesson plans, running and grading tests, warding off plagiarism, and sending (friendly) assignment reminders.
Really, the applications for advancing today’s educational processes and learning outcomes are pretty endless—even spanning to flashier AR and VR field trips—and very exciting.
Benefits of EdTech apps to Students, Teachers, and Companies
EdTech startups and EdTech apps—when done well—can help students, educators, and companies alike.
For students, EdTech apps increase collaboration. They make learning more interactive and personalized—and therefore, more motivating, engaging, and matching the student’s pace and needs. Plus, advancements to digital education also provide continuous access to learning, with no time or physical access boundaries.
For learning institution management, EdTech also can serve as a cost-efficient way to further educational quality.
But for teachers, EdTech apps provide automated grading, custom-generated tests and lesson plans, streamlined student-teacher communication, and classroom management. And as a bonus, digital classrooms mean less time for teachers by the copy machine and more time for honing materials or office hours.
However, ultimately, what is the most impactful benefit of EdTech for teachers (and, therefore, students?) Getting an accurate sense of where students are in their progress towards learning outcomes. And this means knowing which students are straggling behind in different areas—and which need more challenging material.
For companies, EdTech apps mean a steady and reliable way of delivering continuing education, seminars, and culture training. Rather than having to pile employees into a stuffy hotel conference room with watered-down lemonade, employers can deliver their messages across and track employee training progress from a centralized viewpoint.
(Read our Part II: How to Develop an EdTech App)
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