Every single time with the passing of every year, comes a new set of trends. Regardless of what particular aspect this may concern, there are no two ways about the ebb and flow of trends. Having said that, only a small handful of them make it to the top and stick around for a considerable period of time. But the one thing that a lot of people tend to forget is the fact that when it comes to the education sector, new technology is not adopted immediately. There is a certain amount of time that passes before digital educational trends are picked up by all the top-notch institutes out there. However, this does not mean that the trends are not worthy. On the contrary, a few of them may very well have a complete transformative influence on the very future of our educational system.
In the past few years, there has been quite a bit of talk about the rethinking of expanding career-based educational opportunities as well as certain approaches to professional development in general. There is little doubt of the fact that in the last few years, there has been a more proactive effort on the part of both schools and teachers across the board to try and embrace newer and more refreshing forms of teaching in general. This is not to say that the old ways of teaching are bad, but people are in search of something better and more up-to-date with the current technology that we have of today. In fact, many institutes around the world prefer a mix of both the old and new techniques just so that even if the students find it hard to grasp the new techniques, they have something to fall back on.
With the overall comfort of the students being paramount, there are many educational trends that have come and gone over the years. Let us take an insightful look into the top five digital educational trends of the new year:-
Augmented and Virtual reality: This is pretty much the first thing people are eagerly looking towards the horizon for. The estimate is that in the coming year, we will see a lot more interest in AR/VR Learning apps that will help students literally “experience” aspects of history and travel where both AR and VR will play a vital role.
With companies planning to include hundreds of different experiences, only the sky’s the limit as far as the overall process of both aspects is concerned. Not only will this keep most of the students engaged, but also excited about learning more in the future.
The overall expansion of leadership models: There are numerous ways to do this from creating new opportunities for teacher leadership as well as hiring school business managers. There is a growing realisation amongst most experts in the industry that it is extremely difficult for school principals to be instructional leaders as well as responsible for everything that happens on campus.
All in all, leadership models are more likely to come from managers who create more opportunities for teacher leadership as well as foster and experiment newer models for all the leading schools out there.
The rise of personalpersonalizedg: Now this is something that made extremely slow progress with regard to the entire history of the education sector. Thanks to the advent of new technology, that will no longer be the case. Now, people who have learning disabilities will be able to learn differently and at a much faster learning rate as well.
Whether it is dyslexia or any other learning defect, technology comes to the rescue in more ways than one, such as specific voice options as well as audiobooks.
The aspect of accountability: The emphasis on holding more and more people accountable for their performance and actions inspires change in more ways than one since it essentially puts an end to what is no longer working. Hence, as a way of holding schools accountable for the overall performance of its students, an accountability plan was devised as a means of surveying which of the schools were meeting expectations.
The Internet of things: This does indeed play a key role in bringing a collection of digital educational trends into the mainstream and the collective consciousness of most people out there. Nowadays, many researchers are discovering that there are a lot more advantages of the Internet of Things (IoT) than merely the fact of energy efficiency.
Now the IoT can enable teachers to share the test results of their students to the parents and other teachers in real time. This has a host of different advantages. The two main advantages are that they are alerted to potential issues that they may be facing in the classroom as well as giving the teachers a better insight and understanding of how well their own methods are working.
All in all, its suffice to say that students are also in dire need of teachers who are not only patient and capable in every way possible, but also enthusiastic about teaching them in new ways and helping them succeed to the fullest of their potential. Having said that, the above-listed trends will also enable students to give their teachers a positive outlook as well as give teachers the vital training opportunities to use these trends in the best way possible. That is the main point that needs to be noted here.
Adding to that, the entire culture and climate of schools need to be collectively enhanced in order to ensure that the best results are achieved across the board. No matter what your personal opinion of the matter might be, this is something that you cannot afford to forget. A lack of adequate professional development for a majority of the educators will make it much harder for everyone concerned to create a stimulating, positive and enriching environment for learning in general. When everyone works together for the collective good of education, that is when real results will be seen.