From AI tutors to coding robots, South Korea is redesigning the future of education, potentially making quality learning accessible and personalised for all.
As part of its "New Deal" strategy, the country is aiming to foster a high-tech education sector.
This follows the rapid virtualisation of classrooms from elementary schools to high schools when the COVID-19 outbreak made regular classes impossible.
This high-tech education drive includes online learning platforms, smart devices and software powered by Artificial Intelligence, such as immersive Virtual Reality content, AI teachers for personalised learning, and robot programming.
"Even elementary school students can understand the basic principles of AI and algorithms, and put them into practice to develop solutions with our program."
"The edtech industry in Korea is relatively less developed than in other countries like Australia and the U.S.. But nowadays, more companies are seeing the lucrative potential of transforming Korea's education landscape."
The global ed-tech industry has been growing rapidly in recent years, projected to hit 6.five trillion dollars in value this year, and nearly double that in 2030.
With the emergence of new technologies, and as the Fourth Industrial Era requires a creative, solution-seeking workforce, experts say education everywhere is shifting towards a "blended learning model" that overcomes rote-learning and standardised tests.
"If Korea could become a first mover in introducing intelligent tutoring system or AI tutors it will help teachers to transform their roles, focusing more on human connections, replacing the traditional factory style education with standardised tests and one-size-fits-all curriculum."
Former education minister Lee Ju-ho says Korea's strength in digital infrastructure such as 5G could help nurture a world-class ed-tech industry, and provide wider access to quality education for every child, regardless of location and income.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.