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Covid-19 accelerates the digital transformation of the education industry


Microsoft Vietnam has just coordinated with the Ministry of Education and Training, and technology and education partners to co-organize online “Education Technology Day 2021 – The Future of Education After Covid”.

The program aims to share experiences in applying technology to teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as introduce solutions for the future education model, thereby contributing to accelerating the process of industry digital transformation. Education and training in the new era.

Digital education during the Covid-19 pandemic

According to The Education World Forum, about 53% of children under the age of 10 in low- and middle-income countries could not read a simple text before the Covid-19 pandemic and children. This number increased to 63% after the outbreak of the pandemic.

In particular, in countries in the African region, this number is up to 90%. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many schools around the world to close, and students in many places were suddenly stopped studying for a long time.

“Education Technology Day 2021 – The Future of Education After Covid” is co-organized online by Microsoft Vietnam in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training and technology and education partners.

The World Bank also predicts that the loss of students from school will result in a loss of future income equivalent to 10 trillion USD.

In the face of these challenges, technology has been widely adopted in education and training practices globally in innovative ways over the past two years to sustain teaching and learning.

A study by The Economist Intelligent Unit found that 85% of teachers think the pandemic has accelerated the digitization of education 10 years ago, and 93% of students believe that online education will be good for their learning. Obviously, technology is not only a tool to maintain learning and teaching during the pandemic, but is an effective promoting factor for the development of digital education.

Sharing about this issue at the workshop, Mr. To Hong Nam, Deputy Director of the IT Department – Ministry of Education and Training said: “The Covid-19 pandemic can be considered as a push for schools across the country to accelerate the process of digital transformation of the education and training sector. In the past 2 years, the education and training industry has recorded the rate of students learning online reaching 80% nationwide. The digital capacity of teachers has increased significantly through the proficient, effective and creative use of technology solutions for teaching. Many schools have soon invested in a digital ecosystem from online teaching and learning to a paperless administration system and organized training courses to improve digital skills for staff and teachers. ”

Also at the workshop, representatives of schools that successfully deployed technology solutions to teaching during the pandemic period shared practical and useful experiences.

The future of digital education after Covid

Speaking at the seminar, Mr. To Hong Nam emphasized: “Digital transformation is an inevitable trend and is happening very quickly in all fields and industries. The Government and the Ministry of Education and Training have set a goal that education must be a pioneer in the field of digital transformation, even ahead of healthcare. Technology application must bring efficiency, improve productivity for teaching and learning, avoid getting too far into technology demonstration without being practical. Businesses must give fair and honest advice to the school, including the weaknesses and limitations, if any, in each technology solution.”

Accordingly, in 2022, the Ministry of Education and Training will develop a number of policies to promote the digital transformation of the education sector. Firstly, promulgate a set of criteria and indicators to evaluate the digital transformation of educational and training institutions so that schools have a methodical and scientific transformation roadmap. Second, coordinate with the Ministry of Information and Communications to promulgate the Digital Data Standard, digital learning materials to ensure that the education sector’s digital data has interoperability and connection with national data. Third, review and carefully study information technology solutions for the education sector so that schools can refer and choose depending on their basic conditions while still ensuring network information security criteria.

Mr. Phung Viet Thang, Sales Director, Microsoft Vietnam, said: “At Microsoft, we always strive to empower students today to create tomorrow’s world. The future of education is hybrid learning, and to make that happen, Microsoft built the Education Digital Transformation Framework based on research and decades of working with policymakers, school leaders and educators around the world, through four key pillars: Leadership and Policy; Teaching and Learning; Intelligent environment; and Student and School Success.”

Also at the conference, Microsoft shared the ecosystem of solutions to promote student-centered digital education, including four factors: Environment – Platform – Tools – and Creativity.”

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