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How Sri Lanka is using edtech during the COVID-19 pandemic

The edtech industry received an opportunity to prove its worth during Covid 19. As all the universities and schools shutdown due to this pandemic, most of the schools and universities tried to shift to online learning systems to ensure that the study is not affected by the spread of infectious disease.

Only a few countries focused on promoting online learning platforms before the spread of COVID-19. However, gradually, everyone started to realize the importance of online learning platforms with the Coronavirus outbreak. So, due to edtech, students can continue their studies and schoolwork without attending school or university physically.

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Considering the current situation, most of the edtech companies introduced various online solutions to carry out academic operations without any impediments. Edtech companies are offering online classes to create a virtual classroom environment by connecting teachers and students remotely. One of the advantage of online classes solution offered by edtech companies is the top-notch data security. Here, unique login credentials for students and teachers ensure that outsiders do not use the resources. Not only online classes, they offer solutions that meet all the academic needs, such as assignments, online tests, evaluations and more, through learning management systems. Therefore, edtech companies are doing their best by serving the needs of students and teachers without compromising their health and safety.

Many edtech companies offer free online classes, e-books, and online assessments, to ensure that learning is not badly affected due to coronavirus crisis.In Sri Lanka, mostly used online learning pltforms include Zoom and Teamlink. You can use almost any device, including a smartphone (so long as it has a camera) to download and use these learning platforms. Each solution is available for free in multiple languages and, once downloaded, does not require a continuous Internet connection. Ministry of Education, educational development organizations and parents can leverage these tools to support children’s educational needs during school and university closures.

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When things return to normal, the education industry is likely to be driven by edtech platforms, making education more accessible to students.

A future of edtech learning environments

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However, the question is that, will digital learning still be encouraged after the end of covid 19 or will edtech companies come up with a different learning platform? As, edtech solutions are now widely used, it becomes hard to imagine post-pandemic learning environments without them.  The direct learning apps helps for easy sharing of resources. It can set and mark revision quizzes. It can help with homework.  Therefore, it is believed that a combination of online and offline learning may rule the education system.

While edtech solutions in digital learning is only an alternative till now, they have now become an indispensable part of the education system. Even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the edtech sector will witness significant growth with education systems in Sri Lanka. Further, digital platforms are a blessing for teachers to make learning more interesting and inclusive and carry out academic tasks with much ease.

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