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Is EdTech Really Helping Students?

It’s been reported that the education technology funding has increased to record numbers and is expected to hit $2 billion. But are students getting the most out of technology in the classroom?

Mark Koba of Fortune spoke to some EdTech experts who think that technology still has a way to go before it can be deemed the ultimate solution for students' learning needs.

“Education technology is not yet a proven solution for learning, and limits the experience of education and human interaction,” said Art Langer, academic director and faculty member of the Executive Masters in Technology Management at Columbia University, according to the Fortune article.

From online courses to tablets and laptops in grades K-12, there is no doubt that there are more implementations of these tools in the classroom with all the intentions of aiding the student’s ability to learn. Then there is still the issue of these tools not being available for students in low-income areas of the country.

“It can heighten the disparity between rich schools and poor schools, putting disadvantaged students even further behind because of lack of access to these tools,” claims David Liu, Chief Operating Officer of Knewton, according to Koba’s report.

Yes, education technology has proven to increase ways for students to learning in an interactive way but what happens when it’s unequally distributed? Also, while developing technology Koba’s sources say that technology should act as an aid to teachers, not a replacement.

It’s clear from the report that there are many areas of EdTech research and development that need work and the increased funding should help solve a lot of these issues. Despite the work that needs to be done Koba still predicts a budding future for EdTech companies.

“Education tech businesses are providing value for investors,” says Chip Paucek, CEO of 2U. “And as long as you have high quality outcomes, there will continue to be a market for firms like ours.”

It’s up to the companies to make the EdTech tools up to the standards of parents, educators and administrators and money should not be a problem at all when it comes to doing so.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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