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As schools wear a haunted look and desolate playgrounds await the return of about 25 crore students across India post the coronavirus pandemic, one industry has seen a startling upsurge.
The Education Technologies or EdTech sector has over 4,500 startups foraying into the education space, offering disruptive solutions, yet also creating a confusing and overwhelming array of choices for schools, teachers and even parents.
The rapid proliferation of technology in education is a supply-side push, leading to a systemic overload – a simple search on Google Play Store reflects hundreds of applications for K-12 learning content.
There are simply way too many companies doing the same thing with overlapping objectives, demarcating a clear divide between the pace at which the industry is growing vis-a`-vis the capacity of the system to effectively leverage and integrate technology.
EdTech has significantly polarized the opinions of stakeholders in the sector. Opponents, haunted by visions of robots leading classrooms or children glued for prolonged durations to computer screens, fear technology is dehumanizing education, trying to replace the teacher.
Meanwhile, proponents, who advocate for its ubiquitous implementation, tend to view technology as a sort of magic bullet, which can solve every problem. However, both these views are erroneous. …
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