by Ted Franz, Global Business Development, Kandy Communications
Today's classrooms are digital classrooms first, whether in place or extended through e-learning platforms, and are being fed by information and content repositories. While the need to deliver education online was accelerated with the global pandemic, it is not expected to slow down anytime soon. From nursery school to post-graduate and continuing education organizations, technology and connectivity are moving at an increasing pace as innovation is proving to dramatically impact learning outcomes.
This widespread adoption of technology, including real-time Collaboration tools, has completely changed how teachers teach and students learn, with many educational institutes looking at technology as an opportunity to build teaching methods and connect with students efficiently.
Primary and secondary schools adopting digital tools and enable real-time collaboration
At the primary and secondary levels, 93 percent of teachers are using digital tools to help guide instruction, with 56 percent believing data and digital tools make them a better teacher.
Primary and secondary schools are investing not only in equipment for computer labs and connected classrooms but in applications enabling students and teachers to collaborate in real-time, to connect classrooms in different locations and even countries and cultures, to support distance learning, and to reflect the environment the children are being prepared to succeed in. This saves time and money for the teachers while also benefiting the students' education, as student tasks and instructions can be tailored based on individual needs.
K-12 is not the only grades integrating technology into their educational experience, with colleges and universities around the world have been completely transforming their public spaces, libraries, classrooms, and labs into hyperconnected and increasingly immersive learning and collaboration environments.
Powerful communications platforms and cloud adoption help universities succeed
Universities are investing in powerful communications platforms to support research and advanced programs in science and technology, with high-performance broadband networks and cloud adoption giving students the digital tools necessary to succeed in their classes, no matter where they are.
Additionally, universities, both public and private, are embracing initiatives focused on securing campuses from terrorism and other violent acts and ensuring students and faculty's safety have driven the adoption of Internet-based security and surveillance networks, as well as mobile applications that keep the community connected and alerted in times of distress.
Online collaboration brings students and educators closer
Delivering education online at the user's convenience offers significant benefits over traditional, physical classrooms, with Collaboration in the classroom and the extended classroom changing everything about how we come together, how we work together, and how we learn together.
According to a study by IT Trade Association CompTIA, around 75 percent of educators agree that technology has a positive impact on the education process, with the same study showing that 9 out of 10 students indicated that using technology in the classroom would help prepare them for the digital future.
We see the potential technology and distance learning has on the education industry, so we put together a portfolio of tools offering real-time access, Unified Communications and Collaboration services benefiting educational organizations. Our Kandy solutions build upon our APIs and SDKs in our cloud, embedding them in applications such as Braidio's Learning platform, which can connect students, teachers, and co-workers alike to make advancements in learning better and easier.
Powerful benefits make a big impact
Our solution comes with a myriad of benefits for educational institutions, with cloud-based communications, mobility apps, better collaboration, voice-to-text transcriptions, and heightened security being just some of the advantages.
The impact that technology has had on today's schools has been quite significant, as schools are now giving teachers, students, and the administration creative and efficient solutions and services that are improving results and operations. And as the world continues to become more and more digital with every passing day, by fully embracing and integrating technology in the classroom, we are setting our students up for a successful life outside of school.
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