Technology has changed countless aspects of daily life. Commerce, entertainment, and communication have all been shaped by technology – and education can be added to that list as well.
Education is a complex process that requires the right approach. Technology has helped teachers convey information more clearly, reach more students, gather better results, and tighten up all the little processes that take place along the way.
The future of educational technology is an interesting field to watch develop. Whether it’s technology for a teacher in the classroom or the advances that can even help educational aids, examples of educational technology tools are plentiful. Here are some trends to look for in EdTech news in 2019.
What EdTech Advancements Are Changing the Learning Environment?
They change how students learn, teachers teach, and the classroom flows – EdTech breakthroughs change everything about academia in all its branches and variations. Here are five technologies that will likely be seen in educational technology news throughout 2019 and beyond.
1. Augmented Reality (AR)
Education is often about making people feel as if they were somewhere else – essentially they’re focusing on the same subject matter, but in a different environment. They may be picturing themselves onsite performing a job or task as they learn about it. But AR technology could be one step closer to actually putting them there.
An augmented learning environment could make for more interactive lessons and better training for job-specific programs like vocational schools. It could also be used for things like virtual field trips, functioning as a valuable technology for a teacher in the classroom who needs to be inventive. AR’s cousin, VR (virtual reality) is seeing action, too. Nearpod VR is already on the task.
2. Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
These two concepts are often mentioned in connection with one another, and they’re also used together in the educational field. Essentially, computers in educational environments have always been programmed to do certain things – store records, create lessons, print scores – but now they’re being programmed to learn things they can’t already perform.
As lessons plans change in public schools or colleges add new degree programs to their campus, there are plenty of possibilities. It could even be used to help predict students’ learning behavior. Classrooms can soon see lessons that adapt to the students, rather than students having to adapt to the lesson.
3. Personalized Learning Through Collaboration
This trend isn’t so much about a single technological innovation that is affecting all industries of the world, education included. Unlike the first two entries, this one demonstrates the continuing of a phenomenon teachers have been pursuing for decades.
A personalized learning experience is something any student can benefit from. Now classrooms are seeing this through collaborative learning tools like Glogster which allow for various types of graphic design projects to be created, shared, and shown off.
4. 3D Printing
This is a technology that holds a wealth of possibilities, plenty of which fall within the educational sphere. From helping educators get accurate models they can use for classroom demonstration to functioning as a new way for students to perform projects, 3D printers offer a huge step up for the future of educational technology.
It can also be used in engineering or architectural degree programs to let users build prototypes before they create projects for an official grade or for real-world usage. This could be a major cost-saving device for institutions as well.
5. Remote Laboratories
Educational institutions can usually offer better results if they have state-of-the-art facilities. But not every classroom can be equipped with the latest and greatest in things like laboratory equipment. But they still may be able to get results as if they were.
Tools like Labster are used by Universities in Glasgow, New England, Florida, and more. Users can conduct tests and experiments and get accurate results from this portal just as they would if the equipment was right in their own classroom.
What Other EdTech Breakthroughs Could Be Coming Soon?
Educators are only as capable as the tools they use. While the determination of a teacher and the thirst for knowledge of a student can go a long way, having the proper technology is important in the classroom. What was cutting edge a decade ago is commonplace now, and this pattern will continue. The developments viewed as futuristic and even uncertain, now may be mainstays soon.
As the move toward digitizing data continues, learning portals will become more prominent. Classrooms may soon see these portals functioning in as software as a service (SaaS) format like many businesses use now. Mesh-friendly technologies will also become more in demand, as they allow students, educators, and institutions to come together.
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