The nature of technology is that it is constantly evolving – cars get more advanced, phones get smarter, tedious tasks get easier. The realm of education is not immune to technological growth and change; in fact, it’s happening right before our eyes. Here are the top technology trends shaping education today.
It’s no secret that many classrooms have gone remote in the last 12 months. Many schools have even provided students with tablets or computers to make the transition to at-home schooling more seamless. Especially for students entering school for the first time, their initial experience with any sort of formal education will be dominated by eLearning technology. Companies are adapting and enhancing their eLearning products, while teachers are adjusting their methods to cater to their students who are no longer present in the classroom with them.
2. Big Data and Storage
As millions of students took to virtual classrooms for the first time, the amount of data and storage that educational institutions required skyrocketed. Data storage and cloud platforms have been adapting to make data more manageable and accessible as the load continues to increase. Blockchain technology has been helping with the ask, making workflows more seamless, more secure using encryption, and decentralized.
Using games as a source of learning has been heralded for decades, but the technology for doing so has leaped forward in recent years. With fewer physical objects being used for subjects such as mathematics, especially with remote learning, many educators are turning to gaming videos and interactive programs that students can participate in from their screen at home.
4. AI Proliferation
We’ve been hearing for years about how AI will revolutionize the way we live – and it is starting to take shape in the education sector. Artificial Intelligence has begun to assist teachers with simple tasks such as grading. Additional implications in the works include notification software when students are absent or underperforming and even AI tutors that can answer basic questions to students, increasing the bandwidth of assistance available.
5. AR and VR Immersive Learning
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have made the classroom experience more palpable and kinetic. AR uses an enhanced, realistic version of an actual image, making the concepts learned easier to grasp. VR, on the other hand, uses a constructed virtual universe to walk students through scenarios and even play games. These technologies have already started to be used in areas like medical training courses, where lab time has shifted towards experiments in VR.
6. Social Media
Many students spend hours per day on social media as it is, so educators have begun to tap into that fact. Educational software using social media polls, hashtags, and sharing increases the interactive ability of students in some cases, and encourages collaboration. Discussion groups forming around a social media post allow students to engage with content in a way they are familiar with, and teaching videos shared on YouTube regularly accrue millions of views.
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