Technology may be the magic cure India needs for the ills that plague its school education, executives from companies providing technology solutions for classrooms said in a discussion at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit, 2012.
Education has a role to play in efforts of a country looking to transforming itself from a middle-income economy to a high-income one said the discussion’s moderator, Gordon Brown, United Nations special envoy for global education and the former Prime Minister of the UK. There is “no other important issue other than education in this country or globally,” he added.
And in India, said the executives, at least some significant education challenges can be met through technology.
Talking on integrating technology with classrooms, Peje P. M. Emilsson, chairman and chief executive Magnora, Sweden, which owns education institute, Kunskapsskolan said that “there needs to be proper interface between technology and teachers. Classrooms need disruption to innovate.”
Technology will also help address the issue of quality of instruction said another executive.
Use of technology and e-learning will allow high quality teachers to expand their reach,” said Naresh Gupta, managing director, Adobe Systems India.
Indeed, the panel agreed that “the future of education is online”.
Educomp Solution’s managing director Shantanu Prakash said his company’s virtual studios allow trainers to disseminate their training to rural centres and reaches out to 100,000 students who are studying accounting this way.
And with time, as the education system and curriculum changes, newer models may emerge, said Emilsson, pointing to Salman Khan’s Khan Academy, a not for profit educational organization.