Edtech: How to choose the right edtech platform for your child

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Like every other sector, education has been hit by the pandemic, with schools going online and 1.2 billion children around the world staying out of the classroom. As a result, education has now changed dramatically, with a rise in e-learning and edtech. Based on the current circumstances, it is obvious that digital learning will endure for a longer period of time.

“Technology and digital education solutions have removed many of the entry barriers to quality learning and created a level playing field. The world’s best educators and universities are now available to everyone at the click of a button. You can now even get online certifications and alumni benefits from the world’s top universities,” said John Kallelil, Founder and CEO of XED.

“The biggest benefit of digital learning solutions has been bridging the gap between urban and rural educational environments. Digital education solutions are also proving to be a great asset when it comes to closely tracking student progress, including attendance, exam scores, individual assessments, etc.”, said Kiran Dham, CEO of Globus Infocom.

Digital learning offers many benefits through interactive and fun learning, said Maninder Singh Bajwa, CEO and Founder of iScuela. “These digital platforms provide access to personalised, adaptive and anytime, anywhere learning. With the right platform, student engagement can be healthy and student progress can be easily tracked with data. It also has the potential to involve parents in the student’s learning journey,” Bajwa added.

But as many ed-tech firms ride the waves of the pandemic to dominate the online education market, students and parents are being inundated with online education options and marketing blitzes. Parents are faced with the dilemma of how to choose the best ed tech platform for their kids. The explosion in the edtech sector has also created a fear of FOMO among parents, often making it difficult for them to choose the right option or decide whether their children need it or not.

Here are a few things that can help you choose the right platform for your child:

Compatibility and Accessibility:
It is important that the edtech platform is technically compatible with the digital systems that the child will be using. The operating system should have all the necessary plugins and updates to provide a quality learning experience. Students should also consider things like accessing different electronic devices. It is important that you can also access the platform offline.

Customization and Personalization:
When choosing the right ed tech platform for your child, “one size fits all” is not the right approach. You should base your decision on what works for you, not what’s trendy, expensive, or chosen by your friends and family. Consider the course content, delivery, feedback mechanism, and teacher ratings to make a wise decision.

“Children and students should consider whether or not the platform has the ability to personalize the student’s learning journey. How adaptable or engaging is the platform for each student? Is the platform just about watching some videos and answering multiple choice questions, or is it interactive and uses different techniques to engage the student? What if the student has doubts, does the edTech platform have arrangements to resolve doubts? We use gamification platform to make learning fun for your kid, if after purchasing the platform it is monotonous, your kid might get bored very quickly and not use it at all. Look for value for money, expensive isn’t always best,” said Maninder Singh Bajwa, CEO and Founder of iScuela.

Read the financial details carefully:

Always read the payment and refund policy very carefully. Some EdTech companies offer a “free” model, where several services are initially offered for free, but to gain access later, students must subscribe to a paid service or in-app purchases.

Do not hesitate to clear all your doubts before subscribing to the new service. Also, make sure that the company issues you with a payment receipt or tax invoice.

feedback

Even with the best digital learning platforms, nothing can replace the direct classroom experience. It is important to check the platform’s feedback feature before purchasing. The platform should provide both internal and external feedback mechanism.

privacy and security

As with any other online medium, there is always risk of various malware, spyware and phishing threats. Parents should ensure that children’s personal information remains safe and secure.

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