In recent times, there has not been a more critical need to have access to and use technology for schools and other learning institutions, as during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Around the world, as parents come to grips with assisting their children’s remote learning, education would come to a grinding halt without it.
Notwithstanding the current outbreak, connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) have made virtual classrooms possible, almost anywhere, anytime, turning the traditional classroom of teacher and blackboard on its head. People who live remotely or who cannot reach school because of transport issues or a global health crisis, can be taught by someone potentially on the other side of the world, thanks to technology.
A quality education can improve your future
Through education, it is possible to improve the quality of life and create the basis for sustainable development. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Quality education, aims to ensure that all girls and boys have access to and finish their free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education. It also looks to ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university regardless of gender, disability or indigenous people.
Innovative technologies, such as virtual reality, IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping to increase and diversify learning opportunities for people in different situations worldwide.
How standards help
International standards can help ensure key aspects of remote learning, such as interoperability of systems and devices used, as well as ensure data privacy.
Erlend Øverby leads IEC and ISO joint standardization work through ISO/IEC JTC 1/ SC 36 which covers IT for learning, education and training (ITLET) comments:
“Technology in itself does not provide learning, education or training. When things are put in context and managed by a ‘teacher’, then we have education. The use of technology must be put in a context that fulfils the goals of learning, education and training. Technology is nothing alone; it is how we choose to implement it that matters.”
Read the full e-tech interview to find out more about how technology is affecting the education industry, challenges and what the future holds.
Addressing data privacy in online education
As the use of online programmes, applications and devices grows rapidly it will be vital to ensure that student data and profiles created remain secure and private.
Find out more on this topic and the need for interoperability of technology used in education from Øverby in a video interview.