We live in the age of the Internet, and while this has given us a pretty great deal of frivolity, like Instagram and Tumblr, it’s also yielded some incredibly positive results towards the betterment of humanity as we know it! Technology has advanced in staggering ways over the last several years, and it doesn’t matter if you work in container shipping, zoology, or retail — it’s helped you do what you do better, and more efficiently. Tablets and smartphones are great, and they certainly make us able to do a lot of things that we weren’t able to do in the past, but it really doesn’t take a lot of thought before one realizes how little we might actually use these tools if we didn’t have the global network of the Internet basically connecting them all together. Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, we’ve been able to digitize and share things in ways that we thought never before possible, and education just so happens to be one of those things that’s been digitized and is being shared more and more.
Education has always been a fan of new technology, but it seems that there have been some incredible new steps made in the direction of an online classroom model over the course of the past year, and new developments just keep on coming. Many of us are familiar with World of Warcraft — it’s a “massively multiplayer online role playing game,” with the “massively multiplayer” part meaning that a ton of users are connected to one shared experience in real time.
This idea is being applied to education, with online classrooms becoming available for free from top universities. Another way that tech is being used to develop new solutions in education is a startup called InstaEDU that’s based out of San Francisco. Started by a 25-year-old young lady who worked in marketing at Google and her 22-year-old brother and a 25-year-old friend, InstaEDU began as a simple tutoring business. Soon enough, however, the three realized that tutoring is costly, and that the demand for a physical presence is a limitation that seems unnecessary today.
They were right. By going virtual with its tutoring, InstaEDU has been able to cut costs in a huge way, making educational assistance a lot more affordable for its clients. Over 1,200 different tutors have signed up to help, and a lot of them are from top-tier universities. Clients have an option to video chat, instant message, or collaboratively edit a document, and now have an opportunity to speak with online masters of education to get the help they need. Technology is playing a bigger and bigger role in the development of education, and InstaEDU is only one of the ways that it’s helped us bring the learning experience to a wider audience. With more developments like these, there are almost no limits to how far we can take education in the future.