Updated on 13 August, 2021
Table of contents
- Does Ed-tech improve education?
- Does education software have a positive impact?
- Types of solutions in education software
- Bottom line
Children and young adults today, including those now in graduate school, have grown up in a digital world. With connectivity levels what they have been across the world over the past decade, almost every child in education will have had some access to the Internet.
Internet access, however, is not enough to have a positive impact on educational outcomes. Investing in educational software and online learning tools, on the other hand, can cause positive outcomes. In America alone, spending on education technology now exceeds $13 billion. In this article, we look at how innovation is improving the educational experience for students and teachers.
Does Ed-tech improve education?
J-PAL North America, based at MIT have published a recent and exhaustive publication reviewing 126 studies of how technology helps learning.
J-PAL North America have focused on the impact in developed countries. They have evaluated these 126 peer-reviewed studies across four categories:
- access to technology;
- computer-assisted learning or educational software;
- technology-enabled nudges in education, and;
- online learning.
Overall, the impact of technology on the educational experience indicates positive “areas of promise.”
Technology, whether learning software or computers, can have a positive impact in and outside of the classroom. Education is gradually moving to embrace a new digital future, and in many cases, in many schools and classrooms, this is already a reality.
However, access to computers and using software in the classroom don't always make a noticeable impact on students’ grades. We have to look at this in the wider socio-economic context.
Benefits of using technology in the classroom have time limits. For students to achieve useful digital literacy they need access to the same educational resources at home too. If that isn’t the case, due to economic disparities, students with 24/7 access to the Internet will be ahead of their peers who can only get online in the classroom.
Related read: How Digital Technology has Changed Education
Does education software have a positive impact?
More promisingly, the review of these 126 studies found that educational software “have shown enormous promise in improving learning outcomes.”
Also known as “computer-assisted learning”; this is where software is tailored around the learning needs of a particular student or class, and in some cases this can be attuned to focus on specific subjects, such as maths. With tailored classroom software, apps and systems, teachers can align teaching more closely around the needs of those they're teaching, and they can make quick syllabus changes according to progress being made or extra support some students need.
Learning in the traditional format, without the support of online teaching software, is more limiting. Classes often have a wide range of abilities, making it more difficult to accommodate the needs of everyone in the class. Struggling students can feel left behind, whereas high achievers can get bored quickly. Software can solve both of these problems, resulting in better outcomes for everyone.
From the J-PAL review: “Of all 30 studies of computer-assisted learning programs, 20 reported statistically significant positive effects.”
Outside of the classroom, whether studying independently or doing homework, online courses can play an important role in education. However, perhaps surprisingly, online courses without any in-person teaching result in weaker academic outcomes. Online studying is only effective when combined with classroom-based and peer-supported studying.
Harnessing information technology in education can play numerous other positive roles too. Web and mobile-based systems help teachers and administrators keep in closer contact with parents. Learning Management Systems (LMS) make it easier for teachers to manage assignments and mark homework, and provide students with quick access to online resources.
Software and hardware are making numerous positive inroads and changes to the educational system. Students at every age are benefiting from software tailored around learning needs. Schools, colleges and educational groups would benefit from looking at current and future challenges and determining what they need to solve these.
Types of solutions in education software
In Anadea, we have 20 years of experience working in the sphere of education. Our team is ready to develop from scratch or enhance existing solutions. On average, 7-8 weeks of development require a budget of $23,000. Here are different types of solutions that we deliver:
Different types of educational mobile apps for school children, students, teachers, for personal self-education, and other kinds of purposes, tailored to your needs. Stav Online for Dansk Psykologisk Forlag and CodeCoach for First Code Academy are interactive e-learning platforms, developed by Anadea.
Provide all parties involved in education with data, tools, and resources to support and advance education delivery and management on one platform.
- Education administration software
We will help you to automate administrative processes in educational institutions starting from scheduling and classroom administration, finishing with supervision of an educational process and students’ performance.
- E-learning platform
Provide educators, learners, and others, with information, tools, and resources to assist and improve education delivery and management on a platform.
- Knowledge management solutions
Deliver a single access point to a knowledge base in a big organization. Keep, manage and deliver data in different formats to every knowledge management solution user.
- Online training software
It is possible to master and apply knowledge and build up your skills with this software type. We, in Anadea, will develop the system for specific educational needs on your request.
- Corporate eLearning solutions
Cut costs on staff training, automate interns’ education and provide an opportunity for online training at workplaces for offices or distributed team.
- Drill and practice educational software
Make sure students have the possibility of consistent practice and master materials they have come across before. Their progress can be sped up by drill and practice educational software.
- Tutorial software
Provide students lessons on a topic step-by-step, then practice and test their knowledge with tutorial software.
- Education assessment software
Give students access to tests and exams in a virtual environment. Let them see their progress, scores, and results to make their education process more efficient.
- Digital learning platform
Deliver a useful digital learning platform for education staff to make the learning process more captivating and engaging for students and provide lessons that can be tailored for each student.
Our team will develop tailored LMS systems for administration, documentation, and tracking. and reporting needs on-demand. Deliver educational courses, training programs, planning, execution, and evaluation of a learning process.
While the importance of digital technology in education is undoubted, on its own, access to computers and the Internet doesn't improve academic performance. However, harnessing the advantages of software in education, such as facilitating personalized learning for students, has shown a significant positive impact on educational outcomes.
About author: Dariya Lopukhina is a tech enthusiast and writer working for Anadea, where we leverage our many years experience in developing educational software to help education institutions digitally transform and achieve the best possible teaching/learning outcomes. Dariya is a regular contributor to the eLearning Industry blog and other online resources, where she shares her insights on enhancing learning and teaching through the use of digital technology. Found out more about her on LinkedIn.