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November 24, 2020   •   1 minute read

Influential Tech

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There is no doubt that we live in a technology-driven era, and technology continues to influence every industry—including, especially in 2020, education.

This year, technology took the lead in continuing education throughout a global pandemic. School districts and teachers by the thousands turned to remote learning as the safest way to educate students during this time.  

Prior to 2020, remote learning tech was finding its way into the classroom, with online discussion boards and virtual gameplay supplementing in-person attendance. One of the benefits of virtual learning is that it can be personalized. Digital classrooms can provide a certain level of customization some students need and give them the ability to access specific resources. 

While early education remains traditional, the option to educate remotely could provide resources and insight to a better education plan for specific careers. It could also provide students with a better view of what jobs may suit or interest them in the future. Most students don't consider their career choices until they reach college age, but this could be introduced earlier, targeting their interests and aligning them with the proper path to success. 

In addition to giving more choice to students and their families, schools can assess their own current offerings. Can they improve, and can tech companies create a future where a quality education is within reach of anyone with an internet connection? 

Education is one field that’s seeing an evolution on the fly with increased technology. Another important aspect that tech companies are considering is accessibility. With devices like the Amazon Echo smart speaker, Apple AirPods, Google Live Captioning, iPhone 12 Pro, and Samsung Good Vibes, it has become increasingly important for tech companies to create their products with accessibility features in mind.

Many may see the Echo dot as a mere smart speaker, but for some with poor vision or low mobility, the Amazon Echo is a communication aid and a personal assistant to help with turning on lights, setting alarms, and even conducting simple searches. 

Samsung Good Vibes was developed in India to help the deafblind have two-way communication with others using smartphones. The app uses Morse code to convert vibrations into text or voice and vice-versa. New devices and software features like these continue to develop and improve the lives and education of so many.