Edtech is an acronym for education technology which means hardware and software designed to enhance teacher-led learning in classrooms and improve students' education outcomes. Education technology tools are now being incorporated into the Nigerian educational system because the benefits and usefulness are daily becoming more and more known.

Technology tools such as innovative digital platforms, edtech can improve students learning experience and improve communication between the school, teachers, students and the parents or guardians.

Edtech is the new cool in education as to prepares children for the future and also serves as a way of stimulating their learning experience in and out of the classroom.

Virtual and distant learning is made possible through the use of digital learning tools so it is very important teachers, students, school management and parents understand how it can work for the best of everyone.

You can decide to remain in Nigeria and have access to the education programs of other countries through e-learning or virtual learning. Edtech has made this possible to school and get degrees from the comfort of your house as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.

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How Technology Can Positively Impact Education

The use of technology in Nigeria is tremendously positively affecting our educational system; from how students learn, to how teachers enhance their own skills, enrich classroom environments; as well as impacting how administrators manage grades, maintain security, track payments and follow up with guardians or parents and also aiding the participation of parents in the education of their children.

The whole world is now a library, you do not have to buy hardcopy textbooks, you could either buy softcopies online or download free resources that can even help. The use of technology is a cycle that continues after the classroom for both the teachers, students, school and the parents.

Education outside the classroom in Nigeria
The use of Edtech tools has made it possible for education to continue outside the four walls of a classroom. Source: Unsplash

Technology now allows our teachers to expand their influence beyond the four walls of a classroom. With the use of video conferencing platforms and chat platforms, our teachers today can provide lessons to students, follow-ups and offer guidance, regardless of time and place. Tech helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.

The introduction of technology into education also makes the roles and responsibilities of each student easier. E-learning makes it easier for students to do research, group works, presentations and also to be timely in their assignments. If a student misses a class or a particular instruction for an assignment, information can easily be uploaded online by the teachers or other students.

Additionally, one of the best ways schools can entice future students is to let them and their parents or guardian know that they are equipped with modern technology, which can replicate the experience they have at home on the computer and with a mobile phone.

Parents also can be involved in their children's education through technology. They can have access to information at all times and even track their children's assignments and progress at school without having to be in the four walls of the school.

Some Of The Best Educational Tools For Teachers

Teacher using led smart screen board to teach their students
The use of the Led smart screen board is one of the best educational tools that are very useful to any teacher.

The use of educational technology tools has really improved the teacher-student relationship. It has also greatly helped to ensure students pay more attention, participate and learn better during and after classes. Some of the useful edtech tools will be discussed below. Of course, there are also many out there that are very useful and important for teachers.

LED Smart Screen Board

This should be a staple in every classroom. It has greatly improved the teacher-student relationship in the classroom. The screens are usually very big enough for the number of students in the classroom to conveniently see. This smart screen uses an app called Whiteboard to let the teacher write on the screen using a touchscreen marker or their fingers.

The smart screen can also be used for virtual learning. The teacher can be conducting an online class and yet still use this Edtech tool to illustrate diagrams and videos for their virtual learners. There are even websites that will play a video that stops at intervals and asks questions about what the student has just seen, which in turn will ensure students are paying attention and actually listening and learning at the same time.

Google Classrooms

To use Google Classroom, you sign in on your computer or mobile device and join classes. After you join a class, you can get work from your teacher and communicate with your other classmates.

You can join a class with:

  1. A class link—Your teacher sends you the link.
  2. A class code—Your teacher sends or tells you the class code.
  3. An email invite—Your teacher sends you the invite.

It is a way of sharing files between the teachers and the students. You can create live sessions classrooms online, give assignments, ask and answer questions and you can even grade the assignments.  It integrates Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, and Calendar into a cohesive platform to manage student and teacher communication.

Pass. Ng

This is a web and mobile platform that helps students in Nigeria prepare for major examinations and tests.

This tool can be used in preparation for examinations like NECO, WAEC, JAMB, ICAN, Common entrance and the likes. You can start preparing for your examinations outside the four walls of a classroom with your mobile device or computer. Candidates are provided with mock questions, answers, analytical solutions, an opportunity to simulate the exam electronically, compete with fellow exam mates and finally, track progress and be the best.

Teachers can even access this site to give their students a mock test in preparation for their final examination. Some teachers even recommend this platform for students in preparation for their upcoming examination during their study sessions at home.

You will find lots of questions and answers that involve pass questions and the success rate coming from this edtech platform is fast becoming popular in Nigeria. It is also inexpensive to access. With as low as ₦ 100, you can start making use of Pass. ng.

Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom

Integrating technology into our educational system in Nigeria
Technology can help students carry out their group work and research-based projects in an effective and timely manner. Source: Unsplash

There are many ways technology can be integrated seamlessly into your lessons as teachers. It is an incredible idea to enhance learning and a way to increase the attention span of students. From coming up with creative collaboration tools for students to facilitate group work, giving life to a lesson plan, there is a whole host of practical applications of technology in the classroom that has improved the classroom learning experience for teachers and students.

Teachers can use technology to come up with exciting lesson plans, use it to deliver the lessons engagingly, and then use it to assign homework and independent research after the class. The introduction of some Edtech calendar tools has made it so much easier for teachers of today. You don't have to deal with a student forgetting to bring a textbook, or forgetting an event or even submitting their assignments. Creating a classroom calendar can certainly combat some of these challenges.

The way to make a project more engaging is by teachers encouraging students to make use of technology as a way of researching. This makes the students feel like they can have a role in what they learn in the classroom, and can increase their connection to the material.

Furthermore, the use of digital field trip has allowed teachers to plan virtual field trips and tours with their students. Teachers can use their time before the lesson to plan out a trip from one place to another, and jot down some questions you could ask along the way about the things the students may likely see during the virtual tour. It is a way of students exploring places, things, people and counties without actually leaving the classroom.

Classroom management can sometimes be a bit difficult for many teachers whether there are 10 students or 30 or even more. So the introduction of technology for classroom management such as class dojo or EduCare and the likes for teachers is another way classroom orderliness has improved.

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