In a world constantly evolving with technological advancements, the integration of technology in classrooms has become an essential aspect of today’s education.
Though the delivery of laptops did not quite materialize on the scale previously promised by the previous Government, it ignited a wave of digital infrastructure improvements that revolutionized the learning process from kindergarten to university.
The improved digital infrastructure brought the Internet to places where its access was non-existent before. This enabled better access to information and knowledge for students and educators alike.
This, in turn, facilitated the adoption of digital tools and resources in classrooms, fostering a more dynamic and engaging learning experience for students.
Thanks to technology, remote learning became a reality, allowing students to attend classes, collaborate with peers, and access educational materials without physical limitations.
The pandemic only accelerated this trend, making digital education a necessity rather than a mere choice. The same was true for the International Baccalaureate (IB).
In 2022, the IB launched a flexible, accessible and inclusive online diploma programme pilot to explore new pathways to better understand the needs of students who may not be able to attend traditional brick-and-mortar education.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands at the forefront of this revolution, altering the landscape of education in unprecedented ways.
AI technology will become part of our everyday lives – like spell checkers, translation software and calculators.
We, therefore, need to adapt and transform our educational programmes and assessment practices so that students can use these new AI tools ethically and effectively.
Allowing its use within the school’s principles of academy integrity will empower Kenyan students and teachers with valuable learning experiences while upholding ethical academic standards.
With technological advancements, students can delve into vast knowledge through digital libraries online, explore complex topics and develop critical thinking skills.
These advancements have transcended traditional learning methods, provided personalised guidance and enabled students to become not just knowledge consumers but creators as well.
The integration of technology into classrooms needs to go beyond mere digitalisation. The digital era demands adaptability and creativity, qualities that students now cultivate through their interactions with technology.
To unleash the full potential of technology in education, continuous investment in digital infrastructure, teacher training, and the development of locally relevant digital content is crucial.