5G - EdTech’s Superfood

5G - EdTech’s Superfood

How does 5G help EdTech to arrive at the 4th Industrial Revolution?

On the Brink

We’re on the brink of the 4th industrial revolution. This revolution positively disrupts the traditional working patterns in the digital space, replacing it with the much-awaited 5G! 

The Difference

Imagine racing our age-old Premier Motors Fiat, with a new-age Ferrari. Well, 5G functions just like that. While 4G maxes at 100 megabytes per second; 5G can optimize itself up to 10 gigabytes per second which are 100 times faster! This also means that one can operate 3-4 devices simultaneously, enjoying seamless upload and download as well as streaming speeds at the same time. And all this at greatly reduced or absolutely no latency.  

EdTech and 5G

EdTech envisages the most promising future with the emergence of 5G! Reduced latency, will help students and teachers alike to arrive at a plane where profitable engagement with subjects, will form the mainstay of education. While 5G is being tested in many of the low-income educational institutions in different parts of the United States and Europe, researchers believe that it will beneficially transform the educational landscape, by making education that much more immersive. It will also help change the physical infrastructures of educational institutions, which further help at maintaining ecological balance, which is the need of the hour.

5G and EdTech In India 

Education in India has showcased less than 90% of digital participation in the pre-COVID era. With industries going digital it has become imperative for NEP to work in conjunction with other EdTech institutes instead of revitalizing the educational landscape more advantageously to cope with the rising gap in the workforce. 

 AR and VR

Content, rich in multimedia, will make itself eminent in the higher secondary grades and specialized courses. The increasing use of Augmented Reality will fast take over the static being of a boring textbook, making education that much more of an immersive experience. 5G will positively leverage the experience of AR and VR, delivering itself to the fullest capacity with 5G speeds. VR, on the other hand, enhances sensory perspective, that will not only aid at solving problems but will help students to establish a connection with their teachers on a one-on-one. The simultaneous and successful operations of AR and VR will need to be accompanied by 5G speeds. 

It can be aptly stated, that 5G is viewed as a magnet that lures advances in cloud computing, IOT, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and other inconceivable possibilities. 

Student Benefits 

When EdTech marries 5G, students will be able to choose from a wide array of subjects. They will also have the freedom to cross between streams. This in turn will help educational institutions to provide personalized support for students, even for those with special needs. Learners will also have real-time access to notes anytime and anywhere. The Blended Learning Approach will become a distinct feature in any kind of education. After applications like Zoom, Microsoft Team, and Google Meet have made a mark in the 4G market, onlookers are now looking forward to more authenticated video options that will bring people even closer on a virtual plane. 

The dynamics of a classroom will also transform a whole 360 degrees. One of the most important aspects will involve a classroom without walls. 5G plays an imperative role in reducing friction in the classroom, bridging the gap between students and teachers. Teachers will be able to focus on the learners’ performance on a one-on-one basis, as the administrative load will hugely reduce itself. Privacy concerns are certainly on the rise that raises the further need for creating innovative strategies inculcating academic honesty. This way institutes will streamline virtual exams, making education and the marking system that much more transparent than it currently is. 

Overall 5G has its perks in the sphere of education. The above-mentioned developments are what researchers have been involved in bringing to the fore. 5G could prove to be a dream if creators apply their minds to creating even more innovative strategies to give EdTech the required facelift. 

Summary

During the pandemic, education didn’t take a back seat. Most of us made it through an entire academic year as we struggled with a snail-slow internet connection and exhaustively slow download speeds. But the turn is just around the corner as 5G offers a new ray of hope to all those struggling with the above-mentioned issues.

  • 5G wonderfully revitalizes EdTech paving the way for enriching AI, and visual stimulation. This will make the learning experience that much more immersive.
  • Robotics and how it will be incorporated into the campus, enriching the learning experience.
  • Technological advancements give a renewed life to schools that have been shut down during the pandemic, making education that much more accessible.
  • Bridging the digital divide

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About the Author
Author: Girish Singhania
Girish Singhania is the CEO at EduBridge India, a Mumbai-based workforce development organization started by a group of IIM alumni and professors in October 2009. He brings 15 years of experience across education, FMCG, and Financial Service sectors and is driven by a visceral “hard-wired” need to strategize, innovate, execute, and disprove the words – “It can’t be done”.

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