With technology being the proven denominator in bringing change and creat ing an impact, economies and communities will progress when they are in tandem with technology. And any economy's strength lies in the youth, who will define the future. With most of India's population being under the age of 25 years, this young talent is as much an opportunity as it is a challenge. This is why I believe education is an investment that will ensure young minds are shaped in ways that help them maximise their potential and achieve something -for themselves as well as for the country's social and economic success. To enable this, an education ecosystem that leverages technology in every possible way is imperative. From the classroom to the workplace, it has been observed, technology can simply transform learning, making it easier, more convenient, engaging and valuable. Hence, it is essential to align education with the current digital world. This can drive exposure to real-life situations.
WHO DRIVES THE CHANGE?
Teachers and students have become a core influential audience, with national agendas and government leaders driving education priorities in the country. Schools are realising the immense potential of technology to improve learning outcomes. Student data and learning analytics can enable institutions to achieve a vision of personalised learning and access anytime, anywhere. The success of any technology project driving holistic learning transformation lies in the hands of teachers and school leaders.With technology inevitably making its way to the classroom, increasingly educators across the country are exploring its potential to inspire and engage students. This trend towards technology-centric pedagogy has shifted educator priorities propelling them to seek resources that can spark curiosity and imagination, drive discovery and creation, and foster sharing and collaboration among students. Si multaneously, the 21st-century student is excited about being able to use technology and therefore, is more ready to learn.
The benefits of technology are pervasive -it benefits students, teachers and school administrators through virtual learning platforms, discussion boards, cloud storage, analytics and dashboard for learning outcomes, moni toring and improving teacher pedagogy, and creating custom learning modules.
Young people have the greatest ability to make a positive impact on the world. More often than not, incredible, world-changing software innovations come from students. This is why it is so crucial to provide students with opportunities that encourage them to innovate right from school to college and beyond, through interactive learning systems, thinking differently for social good, to developing the next big idea. This is where in novative tools and platforms beyond classroom teaching can make a difference. How? By providing students the opportunities, resources, mentorship and experience to kindle new ideas, foster innovative thinking and encourage them to push the boundaries and imagine what's possible now and in the future. Unique models such as technology-centric competitions, hackathons and learning games have the potential to engage students in ways that en hance their educational experience in the short term and drive greater employability in the long term. Such an environment can make India's education system more vi brant, technology-driven, employability-fo cused, accessible and inclusive.
The opportunity to transform education has never been greater and the urgency to support the industry to drive change never clearer. We must continue to remain focused on aligning our priorities to this learning transformation and supporting educational transformation for a successful future.
Times of India 30 May' 2016