With over 1 billion students in 138 countries still out of school with no clarity as to when normal classes might resume, formal classroom education has perhaps suffered the longest-lasting impact of the disruptions triggered by the global pandemic.
Countries have eased lockdowns, airplanes have taken to the skies once again, sporting activities have resumed, international borders have been reopened to tourists, but schools largely remain shuttered across the globe.
Back in April, when the global COVID-19 death toll was still under 350,000, estimates from UNESCO suggested that 80 percent of the world’s learning population had suffered class disruptions due to virus containment measures.
Suddenly, technology-backed online/remote learning became the go-to remedy, and education technology (edtech) waltzed into a boon, or so it seemed.
Well, it was always just a matter of time before the honeymoon gave way to the jury being out on whether edtech over-promised and under-fulfilled, or vice-versa.
Much ado about edtech