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Digital Upskilling for Teachers

EdTech | AI Transformation | Teaching the Teachers

According to ZipRecruiter’s (a SaaS based job search engine) future of work report, one of the key findings is that employers across several industries have begun offering more on-the-job training to prepare for tomorrow’s job market. AI is creating more jobs and will continue to create new roles and new jobs for everyone in every industry. Countries such as UK has been facing issues with digital skill gaps for few years now and it is known fact that there is impact seen on the business and economy and one of the measures taken was towards fixing the digital skill gap in educators.

Education system is one of the potential domains where both student and teachers need to embrace digital skills. Its foremost important that teachers need to be exposed and upskilled as a first step. If we promote the culture of teaching the teachers then they can be inspiration to students, be a role model to teach the student community.

In this startup era, we see innovation interms of various forms of training/assisting products whose major focus is to upskill the student and make student life easier. However, there are handful of products which focuses on educators in general.

Our objective is to bring out the need for digital upskilling for teachers and aspects that can be motivating the educators to come forward and take up digital upskilling initiatives. To add further McKinsey report has indicated that 20-50 million new jobs will be created in the technology sector by 2030.

The primary driver for the need of digital upskill is the changing landscape of technology itself and lack of adoption of the technology or latest trends in education system. There have been trends of adopting the collaboration, communication tools and applications. However clearly there is reluctance in general seen in adopting the AI based solutions towards automation, tutoring and many more.

There are several aspects that can serve as motivation to embrace digital upskill among educators. Listing down some of the most key aspects.

Awareness is one of the important aspects. Institutions must take steps and plan towards creating awareness among its staffs, teachers on the changing environment in tech industry and how it can bring impact to the individual level if upskill is not done. Teachers must attend industry led conferences and start writing blogs and articles to circulate among the educator’s community on the trends and enable awareness which will be also used by the student community.

Continuous Learning & Training Platforms are mandatory and not an option anymore. The one-time sessions are not going to solve the larger issues at hand. There is a need to have a continuous learning, training, certification and upskilling platforms which can provide in depth topics (granular level) with real time examples from the subject matter experts in the field with measurement models.

Technology & Data is the king in the era of AI. Educators/Institutions needs to be aware the data they have in hand and the role of technology in curating and providing very meaningful insights which can be used for various purpose, which is limitless. One of the purposes would be to help bridge the skill gaps in educators to large extent.

Automation such as process or workflow which are time consuming needs to be identified and automated with the help of AI driven software and tools. This initiative will help save lot of time, effort and energy which can be redirected towards upskilling by using the continuous learning and training platforms.

Collaboration with industry, within educators are critical for the success of digital upskill plans. Industry connect on regular basis, partnering with industry pioneers, startups who are exploring new technology is key. Setting up joint Artificial Intelligence research lab will be a great move. Colleges/University who have vision towards latest trends and technology have been adopting this for some time now, What about schools and colleges in tier 2/3? It’s time to embrace the trends in large scale to reap the benefits that AI transformation will bring in.

Simulation models can be very useful in helping not just students but educators as well, it’s time to apply what is being learned and taught as well. Partnering with companies which are transforming the learning experience through the use of simulation models will be a great initiative.

Finally, Strategy will be key, Institutions needs to have a clear strategy towards all emerging trends not just AI, need to come out with a clear plan on how they are going to strategize, plan, budgeted, adopt solutions and measurement metrics in order to ensure that core objective of digital skill gap gets addressed time to time.

Partnership

SMARTAIL – HTH Global Network PARTNERSHIP

Smartail is happy to announce our new Strategic Partnership with HTH Global Network Private Limited.

Mr. Ramesh Babu, Founder & CEO, HTH Global Network Private Limited says that “Our Strategic
Partnership with AI-based Ed-Tech Company “ SMARTAIL ” will help to address our Education
customers to transform their training process to the Next level, in turn, it helps students to learn
beyond their capabilities. Together with SMARTAIL, we will be focusing to provide real-time, data-
driven learning and digital benefits for students, teachers, and also parents”

“Ramesh is a well – known person to me for more than 16 years. We had the opportunity to work
together for the same Ed-tech company to deliver career transformation programs in 2004. It is
really exciting to rewind the bond and partner with him to take DeepGrade to schools/colleges.
We are looking forward to this Strategic partnership to benefit both the firms in mutual growth”
said Aslam Sherieff, Co-founder & Chief Growth Officer, Smartail Pvt Ltd.

EDUCATING THE iGEN: TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACH
EdTech

EDUCATING THE iGEN: TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACH

 iGen (also called the Generation Z and Generation Alpha) are considered to be the most fortunate and highly knowledgeable among the recent generations in time. The ratio of these two makes the highest population in the world who will be redefining the future with Technology.  

Gen Z and Gen Alpha are those born between 1990 – 2010 and 2010 – present.  At this time, people born in this classification form the young workforce, higher education practitioners, and school students.  They are privileged with access to opportunities which no previous generations have enjoyed.

How Streamlined Education systems respond to this revolution?

As an intervention, the demand in the education system is a more inclusive, efficient, and accessible environment in their teaching and learning methods. Parents of this generation have more expectations for the educational institutions to provide a holistic development of their children to master as a Global citizen and also as a better human at the same time.

Hence creating Digital boards and video learning materials is not enough.

In light of the existing initiatives, Artificial Intelligence enters into a scene like a superstar in providing intelligent data processing for educational institutions and optimizing personalized teaching and learning methods.

Here are some ways that arise with the advent of Artificial Intelligence and the foreseen modification expected in the mainstream education system.

  1.  Personalized Education:

Why does it have to be personalized? Why not one size fit for all? This is because the Next generation is a flock under the tree learning to reach different heights and distances.

Bringing the big data in front, understanding every student based on their previous memory and their ability in learning is impossible without AI.  

We wonder how ad recommendations pop up based on our previous search details, it is the same how each classroom based on majority / each student in class will be recommended with topics, methods of learning and assignment options. Personalized learning will provide customized feedback for the improvement of teachers and students with no bias, ensuring students get the best possible assistance.

2. Automated basic functions like Assessment Tool:

Transforming the traditional practices in the grading system, Artificial Intelligence tailors the adaptive testing tool based on the individual interest and knowledge level. A student’s response is the key for the Deep Grade process which helps to unleash the quantity and quality of individual learner.  

3.  Tutoring Assistance – An additional support:

It is obvious a machine cannot offer everything that a teacher provides in the class with all their limitations in front of them. It is also a vice verse that the AI-powered tutoring assistant can teach through their binary numbers to cross the boundaries of time and space. At the age when parents find it harder to answer the toddler’s question, a Sensible Machine will provide information to satisfy the curiosity to question.

4.  Reality Classrooms: 

Though conventional learning process is not the phase of iGen but the digital classrooms are also becoming old concepts to them. Now Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) is the new blooming concept and highly expected even in remote regions of the education industry. 

Just imagine a big whale swimming through the classroom then suddenly paused and facts about the whale will be explained to the students. The real  time  experience using Virtual Reality and Augmented reality establishes a new level of experiential learning. We will be able to experience forests, agricultural fields, historical situations, space, parliament houses, Math formulas, etc inside the classroom. 

5.  Altered perspective towards the interaction with Data:

This technical intelligence is providing the iGen a different lens to look at the data with not just a Bird’s eye view but also with the active and passive learning capabilities in it. It plays a big role in how they interact with the data and filling the loopholes to complete the void.

Students in the future may have vastly different experiences and perspectives with applicable knowledge, skills, and accessibility to facts than the previous generations.

6. Inclusive Education Modules:

Education based technologies such as Assistive teaching and learning programs with AI in education created more accessibility and inclusive for every learner. This system is a boon for rural education, differently able students to progress with their fullest potential.  These AI-enabled programs also empower both teachers and students to upgrade themselves with current trends.  

CONCLUSION:

In order to harness that immense potential, it is important to have a clear understanding of the inner workings of Artificial Intelligence and the eloquence of the solutions it provides. 

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