Governments around the world have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic. With several school weeks lost, educators are harnessing the power of EdTech to ensure that students can continue their academic programmes as best they can.
“Teachers across the globe are facing many of the challenges associated with teaching remotely at an unprecedented scale,” says Rebecca Pretorius, Country Manager for Crimson Education.
“Adoption rates of EdTech in South Africa are relatively low compared to other countries – by tapping into our digital resources, we’re able to help teachers and students locally”
Pretorius believes that beyond COVID-19, those who have had a positive experience with EdTech will continue to use it.
“For high school students, becoming familiar with virtual classrooms, self-study and remote working, will set them up for success in their tertiary studies. It prepares them for the working world where communication is rapidly moving towards digital-only platforms.”
In addition to this, schools are likely to integrate EdTech solutions into the everyday routines of their students and teachers and tools inside-and-outside the classroom.
“This will stimulate collaboration between existing EdTech companies and schools, opening up new opportunities in the online space such as webinars, online courses through platforms and one-on-one tutoring using video software,” says Pretorius.
The lockdown has forced the education sector to rethink its strategies for remote and digital learning going forward.
“We have been presented with a good chance to promote and develop technology and solutions for online learning and teaching – it’s the future of education,” concludes Pretorius.