Technology is on the verge of yet again shifting society’s ways of educating its pupils. As a matter of fact, since big investments in ed startups took place in 2014, elevating technologies such as Everspring and Udemy to new heights, I’d say we are looking at possibly the biggest year in “edtech.” Innovation within the educational system is skyrocketing at a fast pace already and 2015 is just getting started.
Technology Will Be Embraced
There is no lying in saying that classrooms have been using computers for decades now, but 2014 was surely a year when a bunch of schools adapted to the tech hungry generation, adopted technology and embedded it as a natural part of teaching and learning, thus changing the old fashioned, “normal,” way of doing things in school.
2015 will become a year when institutions will come together and settle on tech-based solutions for adoption in the years to come. As this gradually happens, innovative EduX will become an intrinsic part of the learning process rather than an afterthought.
Expectations Will Skyrocket
Many educational institutions have already begun to use connected classroom technology, thriving to make learning just that much more fun, and boosting the demand for even more sophisticated solutions. The market will respond by bringing to the shelves even more advanced tech products catering to the educational sector.
It’s no surprise that many teachers today use a very effective yet easy manageable web tools in their personal life, adopting that “everything-is-easier-with-21st-century-technology” mentality and allowing themselves to play on the same playing field as their pupils. This makes understanding why and how their students function easy and understandable.
Professors Will Embrace, Not Outlaw, Smartphones.
Who are we kidding, smartphones have quickly taken over our daily lives, if not fully restructured the way we physically live. A recent study even stated that a lot of people check their phones as many as a 100 times per day. Granted, teachers have embraced these patterns amongst Gen-Y:ers, no to mention, Gen-Z:ers, and have recognized that the fatality of an “uprising” against the smartphone generation could be devastating. Outlawing a device which the students are so emotionally connected to is more destructive than helpful.
Funny enough, an experiment in the UK in where schools gave students smartphones, showed an increase in motivation, attentiveness and, wait for it, achievement. As years pass by and more proof of outcomes emerge, more teachers are likely to work with, not against, the gadgets.
Curation Will Become Crucial
There is no doubt that the Internet is flooded with information, providing a huge competition to the printed academic materials out there and offering more updated information on subjects that are yet to be explored. However, there is an increase in the necessity for the kind of editing and curation that books have provided for decades.
People underestimate the authority of qualified editors who actually help students better judge what content to believe and what not to believe. As an ocean of information swamps students in 2015, many will recognize that just one single truth is crucial, and capitalize on that.
It is and always will be important to deploy technology in ways that truly engages students.
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