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The digital revolution has touched nearly every aspect of our lives. More than 3.5 billion people have access to the internet and more than 5 billion are estimated to have some sort of mobile device, with half of them being smartphones. This level of connectivity has influenced how people engage with others, get their news and see the world around them.
It is no wonder, therefore, that these digital transformation trends have also heavily impacted the education industry. From primary school educators through those in higher education, the digital transformation has affected classrooms and how these teachers reach their students. These changes have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which closed schools in countless countries around the world. In an effort to help students keep learning, many schools and teachers turned to technology to help them bridge the gap.
The use of online learning, however, has been only one way that digital technology and advancements have impacted students and trends in the classroom. Those interested in learning more about how technology has changed learning, and the benefits that some of these changes can offer teachers and students alike, should read on. We will cover the top 8 digital trends that we have seen emerging as schools begin to embrace the power of the internet in the school environment.
1. Improved accessibility and access
One of the most inspiring digital transformation trends visible in education is the improved accessibility to school, lessons and even degree programs for students of all ages. Students who may have impairments that hinder their ability to access certain types of information will find that technology can go a long way in removing these barriers. For example, text-to-speech programs and programs that transcribe dictated content can help to improve the ability of all students to access the information presented through schools. Those with visual or audio challenges, as well as reading disabilities, can all benefit from these different types of technology that allow them to learn and earn degrees.
Accessibility and access also continue to improve from a geographic perspective thanks to technology. Online learning opportunities, which allow students to access schools and degree programs that might not be local to them, help students secure the best possible education for their given situation. Students no longer have to be limited by their immediate geographical area. Even before the pandemic hit, more than a third of students reported taking at least one class online. This trend will continue to grow as people see the value of improving flexibility for some courses, or even programs, in higher education.