Ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Transforming Education in 2021

Ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Transforming Education in 2021

By Monica Shoshatre 

Guess Writer, KOTO Association 

Education Technology, or just simply ‘Edtech’ is the use of technology in the classroom to make learning more interesting, inclusive, and personalised. Tablets and interactive online courses are increasingly commonplace in today’s classrooms, which have evolved from the bulky desktop PCs of the past. This is being brought into the educational industry in order to improve the teaching process and learning outcomes. 

With that being said, teachers think that technology will have a significant influence on the way they teach in the near future. As a result, it’s important to comprehend the advantages of edtech in terms of improved communication, cooperation, and educational quality. 

How Can Edtech Benefit Students and Teachers? 

Well, if we could dig deeper into this question, Edtech is indeed pushing teachers and students to explore new possibilities. I’ve collected few examples on hoe edtech can really benefit students and teaches.   

As for students; 

  • High-quality communication 
  • 24/7 access to learning 
  • Personalized learning paths & educational experiences 
  • Engaging & attention-grabbing lessons 

What about teachers? Teachers can benefit from incorporating instructional technology into their professional lives in a variety of ways, including; 

  • Paperless classroom 
  • Automated evaluation of gradings & results 
  • Classroom management tools 
  • Administrative tasks management 

What a great match – machine learning algorithms can assess a learner’s strengths and shortcomings, while teachers give the human touch and knowledge needed to decide how to deliver a proactive teaching plan suited to their students’ requirements. 

How is AI Affecting the Education Industry? 

How important is technology in education, and how will AI’s broad deployment affect education? What are the advantages of this change? While education evolves and traditional educational techniques adapt dramatically to keep up, artificial intelligence’s arrival offers substantial value to the education sector. Administrative duties will be drastically reduced. 

Combining education with technology will almost certainly result in smart content, which focuses on presenting the user with just the most relevant information and tailors the digital learning interface to the user’s needs. 

Next, in today’s world, chatbots are widely used in the retail and marketing industries. Chatbots, on the other hand, are an excellent fit for the educational sector. Educators now spend hours providing their students feedback on their grades or tests, as well as fielding queries that are more administrative in nature than instructional in nature. Both students and instructors may benefit from the usage of chatbots: students can connect with a specialised chatbot that handles administrative concerns. 

In what ways is Edtech expected to grow after 2021? 

Generally, educational technology has grown in importance, and intelligent systems are exploding in the sector of education, which is otherwise the province of committed human engagement and safe from full automation. Rather of replacing educators, Edtech tools and intelligent systems will equip us with the finest extension of the human potential to instruct. The reality is that the computer has replaced many of our brain’s functions, and we expect it to make many decisions for us, causing thinking to deteriorate. 

Reference: 

https://builtin.com/edtech

https://piogroup.net/blog/4-trends-in-education-happening-now

Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in Education

Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in Education

By Monica Shoshatre 

Guess Writer, KOTO Association 

The Internet of Things (IoT), which connects items other than computers and smartphones to the Internet, is changing many aspects of our life. This huge expansion will undoubtedly have a wide range of consequences for the whole internet community. In the global health sector and the business world, the shift is already noticeable. Education is on that list, despite the fact that it may not appear to be an obvious use of the IoT. 

However, the Internet of Things has various applications in education, and the stakes of this disruption are huge. The growth of mobile technology and the Internet of Things helps schools to increase campus security, track vital resources, and improve information availability in the classroom. The current COVID 19 pandemic, which has swept the globe, has pushed for this shift. Due to the fact that schools are now closed, online lessons have almost become a necessity. 

In response to the pandemic, some adjustments in schooling have been implemented, and it is quite probable that these adjustments will not be temporary, but will instead become the norm. In the future years, what changes do you think the education industry would see?  

How Can IoT Help Education? 

  • Learning pace adaptability. 
  • Better administration of the school. 
  • Institutions working together more. 
  • Data gathering in real time. 
  • Improved campus security. 

This pandemic may provide a chance for educational institutions to shift their attention away from conventional academic abilities and memorization and toward critical thinking and flexibility, which are becoming increasingly important in our fast-paced, increasingly tech-driven society. 

Teachers’ digital literacy abilities are becoming more important as they transition to virtual classrooms, especially among older educators. Their lack of digital expertise might make it difficult for them to educate successfully. Parents will also need to have confidence in their ability to assist their children in learning online. The Internet of Things (IoT), which connects objects to the Internet, offers enormous promise for improving education and learning. Education has the potential to become more connected, collaborative, and customised. So, let’s start teaming up now to build our future! 

References: 

https://www.businessinsider.com/iot-technology-education

https://www.global-imi.com/blog/iot-in-the-digital-classroom

The Gig Economy’s Rise

The Gig Economy’s Rise

By Monica Shoshatre 

Guest Writer, KOTO Association 

The term “gig” is generally linked with musicians hired for short-term performances or a one-time show, but it has now become the standard in today’s job market. 

Temporary and flexible occupations are widespread in the gig economy, and companies prefer to recruit independent contractors and freelancers over full-time employees. 

“Any economic activity that involves the employment of temporary or freelance employees to accomplish jobs generally in the service sector,” according to the Merriam Webster online definition. 

The Gig Economy  

The gig economy is no longer something we can ignore. “What does it mean to be in the gig economy?” one may ask. 

The gig economy has been expanding for many years. The gig economy is displacing the 9-to-5 employment as a result of technology developments. People are increasingly becoming their own boss. 

The gig economy is here to stay, whether it’s as a source of extra income or a means to make money from a passion. 

The advent of the gig economy has caused us to rethink a lot of our ideas about employment. 

Working part-time and freelancing has long been common, and involvement in the gig economy has grown in popularity as a result of the growth of digital platforms and the Internet, particularly when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and many people were laid off. 

For example; we’ve seen a lot of people decide to become Grab/Uber drivers/riders, including full-time professionals who have left their jobs to pursue freelancing possibilities. The conventional labour has been undergoing significant changes, and the pandemic has hastened the transition to a more digital economy. A traditional 9-5 job is no longer sufficient to maintain today’s tech-dependent society. They make wise decisions that benefit them in the long term because of the booming gig economy. 

Pelan Jana Semula Economy Negara (PENJANA) 

It’s encouraging to learn that the Malaysian government is assisting the gig economy by giving incentives through the Pelan Jana Semula Economy Negara (PENJANA), commonly known as the National Economic Recovery Plan. The three main thrusts of PENJANA are to empower people, drive companies, and boost the economy.  

A salary subsidy programme, social protection for gig economy workers, and PENJANA Kerjaya (a hiring incentive programme) are just a few of the measures included in this programme.  

Income Tax 

While working as a freelancer gives you the freedom to select how you want to work, it does not provide you the option of not paying taxes.The type of return form used to declare income to the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM). is determined by the frequency of jobs. The B Form is used to file taxes on recurring revenue if the freelancing job is registered as a company. 

Finally, every income-generating job, including gig economy work, must be reported to the IRBM. 

Let us all do our share to guarantee that the country prospers. 

References 

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/04/18/gig-economy-on-the-rise

Tips for Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn

Tips for Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn

By Monica Shoshatre 

Guess Writer, KOTO Association 

“Are you on LinkedIn?” is a question you’ve undoubtedly been asked a lot, whether or not you’ve begun your professional career. 

LinkedIn is the most popular online social network for business networking in the world. By properly utilising it, you may significantly advance your career. 

LinkedIn, like most social media platforms, has an algorithm that helps sift through its numerous contents and assign prominence to the ones that are relevant for its users to connect with and engage with. Understanding and utilising the platform’s algorithms is required to attain a more organised experience on LinkedIn.  

Therefore, KOTO Association may have some suggestions on how to get the most out of LinkedIn: 

1) Make your profile stand out 

Always ask yourself what do you want to achieve through LinkedIn. A job? Peer relationships or networking? It will be much easier for the proper individuals to contact you if you make it clear what you want.  

To make yourself stand out, use a professional profile photo of your face. Then, give your summary some thought. If a recruiter searches LinkedIn for you, they’ll start with your summary.  

If at all necessary, get recommendations. Sure, references may be forged, but seeing some good feedback on your talents instils confidence in others.  

Don’t be hesitant to seek recommendations from peers, clients, and others – they don’t have to come from your boss. 

2) It’s all about connections!  

People who bring value to your network should be added, while those who do not should be avoided. LinkedIn isn’t like Facebook – you don’t even have to add your parents unless they’re important to your professional life.  

When you meet another professional in your industry whom you like, ask them whether they would mind if you sent them a LinkedIn request. 

There are three types of degree connections in LinkedIn;  

  • 1st-Degree Connections – People you have directly connected with   
  • 2nd-Degree Connections – People connected with your 1st-Degree Connections  
  • 3rd-Degree Connections – People connected with your 2nd-Degree Connections 

It is crucial to note that because LinkedIn feeds their users information based on their “interactions,” it comes as no surprise that first-degree relationships will be critical in improving your LinkedIn experience. 

This implies that if you create a good profile and make direct connections with the appropriate individuals, you may be at the top of the search results for recruiters and other users alike. 

3) Find the best time to post on LinkedIn (Golden hour) – Hint; not Monday! 

The word ‘golden hour,’ as beneficial as it sounds – is just as valuable when used as a mantra when posting on LinkedIn.  

This simply implies that, for greater content reach, it is critical to identify WHEN the majority of your connections are online before posting!  

Users are most active between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, according to research.  

You should maintain track of your time so that you can be prepared. Weekends are the worst days, and after working hours is the worst time – including Mondays!  

Recap 

It’s not difficult to get the most out of LinkedIn; it’s more a matter of self-control. Learning how to utilise LinkedIn efficiently is an essential skill for today’s professional advancement. 

 It’s crucial to note that LinkedIn is only for business, and you shouldn’t use it for the same type of social networking and when you’re on Facebook. 

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/best-time-post-on-linkedin

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/14-tips-getting-most-out-linkedin-amol-ghemud/

Bored in Quarantine? Here’s 5 Productive Things To Do

Bored in Quarantine? Here’s 5 Productive Things To Do

By Monica Shoshatre 

Guess Writer, KOTO Association  

Quarantine is a novel experience for most of us, and it can have a negative influence on our mental and emotional health. We’ve never known a life when we simply went out to get groceries and couldn’t see family or friends. 

Well, if you are exposed to someone who has the coronavirus, you should wear a mask, keep a safe distance from them, and quarantine yourself. 

Things aren’t totally hopeless, though. There is optimism for the current vaccinations that have been discovered on the horizon, as well as countries who are working harder to flatten the curve. 

Emotional health is an important part of our total well-being as humans. Ask yourself these questions when you’re about to start your day; 

  • What are the three things you want to get done today? Make a list of them. 
  • What are the two things that are making you happy right now? 
  • Who should you contact or text to see how things are going? 

So, how do you pass the time when you’re in quarantine? KOTO Association would like to provide you with some insight into some of the productive activities you may start engaging in while you are under quarantine.  

Let’s get this ball rolling. 

1. Stretch those muscles by practicing Yoga 

It’s natural to feel more anxious than usual during this time. It might be challenging to stay at home and be limited to your environment. Starting the day with yoga offers several advantages, including stress reduction, anxiety relief, improved sleep quality, and increased strength. You can enjoy several online yoga classes directly from your phone. Stream a few YouTube channels, view Instagram reels, or look into some amazing yoga applications. 

2. Are you Working from home? Tidy up your workspace! 

When it comes to productivity, keeping a clean and tidy workstation is important. Clutter frequently creates tension (even if you aren’t aware of it at the time)- and who wants additional stress right now? Taking a few minutes to put away documents and dispose of garbage from the previous day. 

3.Start journaling 

Life may be difficult, especially when you’re quarantined for the coronavirus. There are several advantages to keeping a journal. It helps you organise your thoughts—journals might help us make sense of how we’re feeling. Set and attain your objectives- putting down your objective’s aids in their realisation. Relax and unwind 

Allow yourself to think about yourself. So, grab a book and a pen and go writing! 

4. Get a new book to read 

Reading a new book may help you get out of your brain and into a completely different universe! 

Free eBooks may also be downloaded to your reading device in a variety of methods. Websites like Authorama and Project Gutenberg contain hundreds of public domains works for you to download and enjoy on your tablet, computer, or phone. 

5.Catch up with your friends online 

During this time, many of us miss our families and friends. And just because we have to physically separate ourselves socially doesn’t mean we can’t FaceTime and contact our loved ones! Staying connected is critical for maintaining your connections, and it also improves your mental health by bringing you out of your headspace. 

Don’t stop there… 

Positive thoughts should be fed to you. Allowing the environment around you to overwhelm and depress you is not a good idea. 

To go through this, you’ll need a healthy body and mind. You’ll be able to hit the ground running, physically and figuratively, once the pandemic is over. Use this time wisely, and also, acknowledge the people around us who are working to keep everything as normal as possible. 

Remember not to shut yourself off from the rest of the world. Take care! 

References: 

https://www.orientation.agency/insights/productive-things-to-do-at-home-or-in-quarantine

https://www.talktomira.com/post/7-things-to-do-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-quarantine

Disruptive Education Technologies

Disruptive Education Technologies

By Monica Shoshatre 

Guest Writer, KOTO Association 

It has always been the goal of education to pass on information and skills. For generations, the teaching institution’s resources constrained that task. Students can access the internet’s worldwide resources through online education. Students gain from new kinds of disruptive technology in education by taking advantage of that link. 

The concept of education has shifted as a result of modern advancements. The 21st century set itself apart by changing the whole learning process. Organisations may use custom e-learning systems to instruct students, train staff, and educate consumers. This approach will result in more effective courses, quicker deployment, and a scalable education system. The presence of disruptive technology has made this possible, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This article will look at a few of the disruptive technologies that have changed the way people learn.  

Let’s get started. 

  1. Online Learning 

Online learning was gaining traction even before social distance became a problem. Compared to in-class lecture formats, this method of learning offers numerous advantages. Students learn in different ways, and well-designed online platforms acknowledge this. Multimedia presentations and gamified lessons are both possible options. 

Students study at various rates, and the online platform accommodates this. For better comprehension, students can pause and repeat videos. Educators also receive detailed data on student development, allowing them to assist more quickly when a student is experiencing difficulties.

All of this is achievable with a smartphone and an internet connection. It has given us control over classrooms. 

  1. Communication Through Chat 

The lack of peer interaction is one of the drawbacks of an online education style. In the workplace, onboarding training sessions provide new employees with opportunity to network. In online classes, students want to get to know their peers.  

Remote cooperation is possible using chat-based forums. For a long time, companies have had virtual meetings. Educational institutions are already realising the benefits of online cooperation. 

  1. AI-Assisted Learning 

Students learn in a variety of ways and at various pace. Artificial intelligence may be integrated into e-learning software to track student development. Students will not have to devote more time to subjects that they grasp fast.  

When a learner needs further instruction, the software will give additional lessons until the student understands the concept. Students will study at their own pace based on their knowledge of a subject when using a competency-based approach.  

Yes, you are holding artificial intelligence in your hands. They are presently being created to improve the educational process. 

  1. Augmented and virtual reality 

Virtual reality and augmented reality are only now making inroads into education. These technologies, on the other hand, will be important in providing students and staff with courses and training scenarios.  

In the classroom, virtual reality will provide an immersive experience of various locations across the world or historical events. A VR headset may be used as a safety training tool to allow employees to experience an emergency without putting themselves in danger. 

Students may now interact with real-life scenarios without the risks. Consider it. Medical students can conduct procedures without having to use a live patient. Students of art may visit galleries and museums without having to do all the work. 

  1. Competency-based Education (CBE) 

Curriculum-based learning has been replaced with competency-based education. Instead, it focuses on each student’s individual skills. The objective is to help each student improve their skills in order to better prepare them for the job market. 

Students’ weaknesses are identified, and the amount of time they need to improve is calculated. It’s far superior to the old technique, which requires everyone to study at the same time. 

You may think of it as a more efficient way to learn. 

People who are enthusiastic about technology may make the error of rushing to accept it. In the field of education, new disruptive technology offers a wide range of options. 

A company must have a strategy in place before attempting to adopt an e-learning system. Our lives are being better by technology. This enhancement method takes into account how we learn.  

It continues to give everyone, wherever, with a more efficient and tailored education. 

References 

https://www.chetu.com/blogs/e-learn/disruptive-technology-in-education.php

https://www.iberdrola.com/talent/disruptive-education