How digital technology can level the educational playing field

Technology has been vital in enabling remote or online learning during the COVID-19 lockdowns and has rapidly accelerated a trend towards hybrid learning that was already in motion pre-pandemic. Schools and universities were forced to implement and learn how to use these technologies quickly, while under a lot of pressure to keep students digitally engaged and secure. While this situation was challenging for all involved, there are also benefits that have come as a result.

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Manju Kygonahally is Vice President of Communications, Media, Education & Technology at Cognizant.

According to the Department for Education (DfE), over 10,000 schools in England had limited or no remote teaching or learning capability at the start of the pandemic. Now, however, technology helps address some of the social disparities around access to educational resources. By using technologies like cloud, the education sector can help to better support underprivileged students in accessing learning materials they might not have been able to access previously – even with in-person learning. More importantly, by integrating technology in how students learn, it strengthens their digital abilities, effectively preparing them for a digital workforce regardless of their background.

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