Quiz: Can you tell whether these edtech innovations are real or fake?

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EdTech is taking over education as we know it. It’s now only a matter of asking when we will all be completely submerged.

In 2019, terms like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are no longer abnormal when used in schools and universities. But how progressive is the EdTech market today? Do we already have the ability to build the tools and services that would revolutionise both learning and teaching?

Take our quiz below to find out!

An app that turns speech into text in real-time for deaf or hard-of-hearing students.

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It's REAL. Google's Live Transcribe, launched this year, uses state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology to produce real-time transcription of speech and sound to text on mobile phones.

A Spotify-like platform for books where students and professionals gain unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of academic and professional eBook titles for a small subscription fee.

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It's REAL. Perlego grants you unlimited access to over 200,000 textbooks from your device, with a referencing tool students can use to reference eBooks.

A tool that lets any engineering students teleport to the International Space Station to conduct a virtual internship.

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It's FAKE. Unfortunately, teleportation is still light years away and while virtual internships are a thing, giving access to the International Space Station to all engineering students would be a security nightmare!

An app that lets students learn about constellations by just aiming their phones at the night sky.

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It's REAL. Star Chart lets you observe the night sky and if you tap on an object, a pop-up arises with more information about the solar system, stars, constellations and Messier objects you could be looking at.

A virtual student advisory service available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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It's REAL. Australia’s Deakin University IBM Watson helps students find information easily and puts answers at their fingertips, 24/7, 365 days a year. Issues it can handle include submission of assignments, paying for car parking and re-enrolling in your studies.

A virtual teacher with the capability to perform all the tasks a human teacher can.

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It's FAKE. Technology may complement teaching, but would probably never replace teachers completely, given the profession's huge dependence on human skills like empathy and creativity.

A digital studying aid for medical students using crowd-sourcing and “smart” algorithms for better retention of information.

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It's REAL. Osmosis uses fun, easy-to-digest videos, high-yield notes, a powerful questions bank and more to help medical students learn better.

Live lectures delivered by holograms of faculty and guest speakers from studios located in a range of global locations, including the US, Canada and Singapore.

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It's REAL. Imperial College Business School’s pioneering EdTech Lab has adapted the technology developed by Toronto-based hologram company, AHRT Media, enabling life-size 3D hologram entities to deliver lectures in one of Imperial’s lecture theatres.

An app that shows you how to solve maths problems by just taking a photo of it.

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It's REAL. Called PhotoMath, all you have to do is hover your phone over arithmetic expressions, fractions and decimals, powers and roots and simple linear equations. Within a few minutes, you'll have mastered the steps and will understand the inner workings of the problem.


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