In a post-pandemic world, educational technology (EdTech) has accelerated the provision of more accessible and inclusive learning for students. EdTech has diversified sources of information beyond the physical classroom, allowing the convenience of remote online learning that is available 24/7.
In a recent dialogue on education, co-hosted by The HEAD Foundation, participants discussed about the persistence of education inequality in Singapore, challenging Singapore’s meritocratic ethos. These educational barriers are underscored by income inequalities – for example, the ability to afford private tutors for students.
However, EdTech could promote more equitable learning by providing a cost-effective alternative through Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI systems can replicate curated educational content, generating customised lessons tailored to student’s proficiency levels and learning styles. Interactive learning experiences for students are also facilitated through technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR). Moreover, the ability of EdTech to bridge geographical distances has improved students’ access to education. Edtech firms such as Explico and MindX have expanded their online learning platforms, accessible to students across the globe especially those living in rural areas.
As technology advances, institutions must be well-prepared to harness EdTech as a tool that is a boon, not a bane. To learn more about AI in education, subscribe to The HEAD Foundation’s Publications mailing list and learn how to effectively use AI as an educator and learner in the upcoming June 2023 issue of HESB.