The Future of Learning: Edtech
Colleen Tufts
March 1st, 2022

Education is supposed to open up opportunities, but opportunities have always had barriers. The success of a student’s education doesn’t just depend on their personal commitment to learning—it’s also influenced by outside factors, like socioeconomic status, race, gender, and disability status. Technology in the classroom–or edtech–plays an important part in making education more accessible and equitable. Edtech companies are creating devices for differently abled students, making education more engaging, and helping teachers use technology in their classrooms. 

AI plays a major role, as it can utilize helpful features like predictive text and voice recognition. One startup innovating this sector is inAble, a Kenya-based nonprofit that utilizes assistive computer technology to empower visually impaired students. They recently collaborated with I-STEM, an India-based technical solution nonprofit, to develop their new product, the I-Assistant, which helps blind students take online tests. 

Edtech’s success largely depends on our ability to make it accessible to everyone, and this is especially true in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Despite the struggles of remote learning, the pandemic has revealed new opportunities to make education more accessible, such as more flexible schedules, hybrid learning, and increased online literacy, to name a few. So, what should we look out for over the coming years as edtech reshapes the ways we learn?

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