Technology has played a crucial role in keeping societies around the world resilient and functional (and some say sane) during the Covid-19 pandemic. While the light at the end of the tunnel remains dim, some trends may have a long-lasting impact into 2021 and beyond.
If there’s one crucial thing that Covid-19 and the various stages of lockdown have taught us, it’s the need for digital readiness. Take a look at some technology trends that Covid-19 has accelerated into 2021.
Education technology (EdTech)
Digital learning is not a new concept but previously, it was mostly limited to higher education courses. Almost overnight, Covid-19 shut down physical education establishments around the world, leaving teachers and students to quickly adopt digital learning.
In Malaysia, students embraced online teaching and facilitation (PdPc), and teaching and learning (PdP) tools via applications such as Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, and WhatsApp. The problem is, not all of Malaysia has been equipped with the infrastructure for high-speed internet access.
University Malaysia Sabah student Veveonah Mosibin made headlines when she had to scale a tree in her hometown of Pitas, Sabah, in order to get an internet connection to sit for her exams online. Her vlog prompted the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to say it would install a new telecommunications tower nearby to improve connectivity and upgrade coverage in the area to 4G.