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Deep Tech in Education: Keeping watch of Deep Tech and digitizing education

DIGITAL VENTURES November 29, 2018 12:36 AM


Education is a significant propeller for the country’s technology and economy development. It constantly transforms according to current situations. Today, the digital system has become a factor that unlocks limitations and alters our ways of life. Thus, education needs to keep up and this has led to applications of technologies to develop up-to-date practices that respond to consumer needs. An interesting example is the tangible application of Deep Technology in the education sector. In this blog, Digital Ventures introduces Deep Tech that is significant to the education sector. Let’s take a look at how classrooms and learning have changed.



Internet of Things – Igniting smart classrooms

Today, classroom teaching is much dependent on paper or screen for presenting information rather than hands-on practices. As a result, the arrival of the Internet of Things wherein tools and equipment will store digital data will surely be an interesting turning point.

Internet of Things will transform classrooms into the smart classroom via data collection from equipment inside the room. An example is a smart whiteboard that, aside from presenting information, it can also collect written data in the form of digital data that can easily be sent and link with other Deep Tech items. The smart whiteboard is an IoT that triggered the goodbye for blackboards and showed a clearer concept of digital learning.

Cloud Computing – Unlocking limitations in location

As document work is available on the digital form, learning can also happen and be exchanged over the digital platform. The technology crucial to this process is no other than cloud computing which works as a computer that we can access anywhere and anytime once connected to the internet.

Cloud computing in education has several applications such as the cloud-classroom on the cloud computing platform which is accessible for learners in every corner of the earth. Here, learners with physical impairments also have real-time access. Another example is the cloud-based textbook, a source of information that is not only always accessible but can always be updated. This also lessens the use of paper which can lessen learning costs.

Students are not the sole beneficiary; teachers can also utilize this technology to advance their teaching. For instance, the cloud-based communication platform is a common space where teachers can seamlessly share information and teaching materials with each other.



Artificial Intelligence – Simulating knowledge communicators

A Deep Tech worth mentioning is Artificial Intelligence. This technology has the potential that can be applied to various sections of the education process. AI can correct homework which will lessen the burden of teachers, so they have more time to prepare the class with better content. Also, AI can even perform the role of knowledge communicators as a replacement for teachers. The advantage of AI is they can be dispersed to perform one-on-one teaching with no limitations for time or place.

At present, AI as teachers is already in existence by a USA-based startup named Cognii. They offer virtual learning assistants using AI, Machine Learning, and NLP for one-on-one teaching. Not only do they offer knowledge regarding the subject, but they interact with students via Q&A and provide immediate feedback for learners.

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Data Analytic – Evaluation that is more than just grades

Aside from grades, students also long for a more detailed analysis which is useful for skill improvement. Today’s advanced development in data analysis makes it possible to analyze learning results according to learners’ requirements.

An example of this application is by Mathspace, an Australia-based startup. They have gathered students, software developers, and data scientist to design a mathematics learning system. This platform will promptly send feedback to teachers and students so they can jointly review items that they don’t understand. Another example is Constant Therapy. This is a program that offers cognitive exercises for people with physical impairments. Users also receive prompt feedback via data analysis. As a result, users gradually recovery until they are capable of carrying on daily tasks.

Undeniably, faster tech development is causing education to also undergo greater advancement. This can be observed through its ability to unlock previous limitations and introduce new learning methods which are both wider and more in-depth. Surely, Deep Technology in education is not only limited to the examples above. Digital Ventures will share more tech and education stories very soon.

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