Sometimes, edtech’s value lies in ways that it can enhance what teachers already do. As noted on Edutopia.org, edtech can expand opportunities for:
- Differentiated instruction
- Data-driven instruction
- Higher-order feedback
- Mastery-based instruction
- Problem-based learning
- Project-based learning
- Small-group instruction
There are big-picture benefits, too, like the ability to meet students remotely and provide support for multiple learning styles.
Helps students with different learning styles to engage actively in their education
Edtech and e-learning allow educators to further personalize their teaching styles to match students’ learning styles.
For example, video- and audio-based modules cater to students who prefer to see and hear their lessons. Some platforms even use artificial intelligence to create personalized teaching approaches that empower students to pursue in-depth study of a given subject. This approach can save the student time and inspire an appreciation for education in general by matching lessons with an individual’s interest and aptitude.
Simpler edtech solutions might cater to kinesthetic learners, allowing them to turn their phones into virtual reality headsets. Simulated field trips across the world, for instance, can immerse the learner in subject matter that feels strikingly similar to “the real thing.” Additionally, augmented reality can provide a sort of overlay to the real world, which could be just as useful in education as in job training.
Just as edtech tools and theory are becoming more ubiquitous in schools and universities, e-learning modules and practices are quickly becoming cornerstones of workplace training and upskilling. This is just one reason future leaders can benefit from understanding different learning styles in the same way many educators do.