Why EdTech will continue to flourish in Singapore
COVID-19 has hit the mobile apps developmentSingapore economy hard, and even the educational system is not spared. Students, especially the younger ones, stand a high chance of getting infected by the virus if they resume going back to school and gather in big classroom sizes. The next best option is to take learning online, which leads to a new emerging sector, Education Technology, also known and EdTech. The virus has created an opportunity for education application companies to create solutions for this problem, both in Singapore and also around the world.
The fact that our culture here in Singapore is very academically driven, it creates a perfect environment for EdTech to step in and expand in the Singaporean market. EdTech uses an array of ways such as games, social learning and customisable lessons to help students learn better. It usually takes the form of a mobile application, because the use of mobile gadgets by children in Singapore is actually very high. A study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2018 found that the average 12-year old Singaporean child spends close to 7 hours a day on electronic devices.
Below are a few other reasons why EdTech would continue to grow in Singapore, even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and revolutionise the education system to a certain extent:
Having established that the younger generations in Singapore are spending so much time on their mobile devices, it is only logical to assume the rise of more of these mobile applications and technology to cater to the demand of this generation. Lessons would no longer be conducted solely in the context of a classroom like in the past, but rather would be a hybrid of the classroom and the mobile platforms. With EdTech, there are some advantages that could improve the learning journeys of our young generation that was not available to us in the past. Example, an educational application could be personalised to fit the individual student’s capability and learning pace. Using gamification functions could also further engage and interest the student to stay longer on the application and enjoy the course of their learning.
Don’t even get me started on the possibilities this could bring. The first thought that came to my mind was to imagine how history or geography classes are going to play out with virtual reality! The student could have a virtual reality feel of how it is like to be in a setting 200 years back in time! Apart from this, VR can also engage the students more and make their learning interesting. The increased involvement they have in their learning will make them want to take on more responsibility in their learning and explore their curiosity.
With obvious advantages to using technology for learning, the government have been encouraging e-based learning and for Singaporeans to improve digital skills. As we move forward, it is foreseeable that there will be more grants and subsidies by the government to develop EdTech and implement it into our educational system.
An alternative to supplementary classes
In the past, students who lag behind would need to stay behind after school for remedial or supplementary classes. Some would also seek external help by attending tuition at costly rates. With the introduction of EdTech, it has become an alternative for additional learning without having to spend a lot of money. With improving technology such as machine learning and AI, interactive functions could be used to teach and provide feedback to students. Example, the machines could gather data and analyse the student’s pace of learning. Then, they could generate those questions where the student needs help more in and help them in that specific topic.
Learning for everyone
Not only is EdTech accessible by students in school, but it is also available to everyone. Working adults who wish to improve or learn skills about a particular topic could use these education mobile applications as well. Companies could make use of this to train their staff. Elderly who wish to pick up a new skill could also use EdTech.
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