In just a few years, technology has changed dramatically. What was once cutting-edge is now commonplace, and what was once new is now outdated. As we move through 2022, there are a few key EdTech trends to watch out for. From AI-powered instruction to personalised learning, here are some of the most exciting developing trends in education technology to keep an eye on – they’re sure to shape the future of learning
1. Artificial Intelligence: A tool for personalisation
One of the most significant EdTech trends to watch out for in 2022 is the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in educational technology products and services.
AI has many applications in the classroom. For example, AI is being used to drive efficiency for teachers by streamlining admin-related tasks, freeing up their time so they can focus on higher value teaching activities. AI can also be used for developing new innovative assessment tools.
But one of the most exciting uses of AI relates to how it’s being used to personalise learning experiences. With the help of technology, personalised learning is becoming more and more commonplace in classrooms around the world. AI empowers teachers to provide tailored teaching, testing and feedback to students with different needs. .
For example, Cognii is an AI-powered tool that provides students with a virtual learning assistant personalised to their needs. Based on assessments, the tool provides one-on-one tutoring and coaching perfectly tailored to the student’s learning style and level of understanding.
Teachers that once struggled to cater to students with different learning needs are now empowered to create lessons that resonate with students at all levels. This trend is sure to continue in 2022, as more and more educators look for ways to personalise learning for their students.
2. The growth of online and hybrid learning
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of online learning, as schools and universities moved classes online to prevent the spread of the virus.
While online learning has its challenges, it has also opened up new opportunities for students and educators alike. One such opportunity is the concept of ‘hybrid learning’. Hybrid learning combines traditional classroom instruction with online learning, giving students the best of both worlds.
For example, students might take a traditional maths class during the day and then log into an online platform to do their homework in the evening. Or they might take an online history class but meet with a group of students once a week for discussion.
While more research into the effectiveness of hybrid learning is needed, some studies indicate that, when planned well, hybrid learning can combine the best aspects of in-person and online learning, and make education more accessible.
3. The development of interactive learning environments
One of the most exciting and innovative trends in educational technology is the development of interactive learning environments. These environments are designed to immerse students in active, hands-on learning experiences that are tailored to their individual needs.
This can take many forms, but some common examples include online courses, virtual classrooms, and social media platforms. A key component of interactive learning is social connectedness and the feeling of learning alongside other students (even if they’re learning at a different pace or in a different way).
To implement interactive learning, teachers are increasingly leveraging technologies such as interactive displays to tailor course content to different learners. For example, content can be delivered via songs, video clips, or a fun activity or game, depending on how a given student will best take in the information. Interactive displays like the ActivPanel provide students with immersive and engaging experiences using sound, visuals and more, and make accessing resources, apps and content seamless.
There are many benefits of interactive learning, including increased engagement, motivation and collaboration. Interactive learning also allows students to learn at their own pace and receive immediate feedback.
4. Virtual and augmented reality: a realistic learning environment
On the topic of interactive learning environments, teachers can take their lessons to a whole new level by using powerful interactive technologies like augmented and virtual reality. Augmented and virtual reality is one of the most exciting emerging trends in educational technology, with the potential to transform education by immersing students in realistic, and highly interactive, learning environments.
For example, students can use their smart devices and an AR app to superimpose information onto the real world. Imagine the possibilities when using AR on a school excursion or on the playground. A student would simply point their device at an object and be instantly provided with learning materials associated with the item.
Similarly, virtual reality can be used to create immersive learning experiences by simulating the real world (without real world consequences). For instance, VR can be used to enhance history lessons by enabling students to experience important times or places in history. Or it can be used in science classes to create a simulation of an operating theatre or a rocket.
While VR and AR are still in their early stages, they are already being used in classrooms around the world. As the technology continues to develop, we can expect to see more educators using VR and AR to enhance their students’ learning experiences.
5. Digital badges: a fun new way to motivate learners
Digital badges are becoming an increasingly popular way for students to showcase their skills and accomplishments. These badges can be earned for completing online courses, passing exams, or completing other tasks.
For example, Badgr is a badging provider that enables learners to track their learning and share credentials to validate their accomplishments.
Digital badges can be used to motivate students and reward them for their achievements. Unlike formal assessments and qualifications, badges aren’t restricted to academic achievements and test scores. Students can earn badges for things like teamwork, innovation, or even creativity, enabling teachers to foster these very important soft skills in their students.
6. A boom in EdTech startups
With the growing popularity of EdTech products and services, we can expect to see more people starting EdTech companies. These EdTech companies are also continuing to attract investment from venture capitalists and other investors.
Some of the latest innovative EdTech startups to launch include Kalam Labs, a startup that combines gaming and learning into a single streaming service; Utobo, an online coaching platform; and Atorika, a startup dedicated to creating online high-tech workshops for students between 5 and 15.
7. EdTech bridging the digital divide in developing countries
In addition to the increased investment and growth of the industry, we’re also seeing EdTech expand into developing countries to help bridge the digital divide. In many cases, EdTech is being used to provide access to education for people who would otherwise be unable to afford it or access it due to infrastructure limitations. As EdTech products and services become more affordable, we can expect to see this trend continue in the years to come.
8. Gamification: a fun way to engage students
Gamification can take many different forms, but the basic idea is to use game elements to encourage students to engage with course material in a more active and fun way. Gamification can be used to teach anything from basic literacy skills to more complex topics like physics and history.
Gamification is largely being enabled as more and more educators introduce interactive whiteboards and panels, such as Promethean’s ActivPanel, into their classrooms. Teachers can access a range of educational games and other resources on the platform, such as memory games, spelling games, maths-based games and more.
There are a number of reasons why this trend is on the rise. First, games are proven to be an effective way to learn; they can promote problem-solving and critical thinking while also providing a much-needed break from traditional classroom instruction. Second, the use of games in the classroom can help level the playing field for students of all abilities by providing a more engaging and accessible learning experience. Finally, gamification can be used to create a sense of community and social interaction among students, which can often be lacking in traditional classrooms.
As gamification continues to gain popularity, it’s likely that we will see even more innovative uses for games in education.
9. The rise of community-focused EdTech
In recent years, there has been a growing trend in EdTech towards community-minded technologies. This shift is driven in part by the increasing understanding of the importance of social and emotional learning.
Studies have shown that students who feel isolated and alone are more likely to struggle academically and emotionally. As a result, many EdTech developers are now focused on creating technologies that help students feel connected to their peers and their community.
Especially with the rise of remote learning, it’s important that students have a sense of connection and belonging. This need has given rise to many new tools that help teachers and students connect and collaborate, even when they’re not physically together. These tools range from simple chat applications to more complex tools like ClassFlow, a comprehensive toolkit that enables teachers to connect with students remotely.
10. The use of big data
One of the most important trends in EdTech is the use of big data. By collecting and analysing large data sets, educators and administrators can gain insights into student behaviour and learning patterns. This information can then be used to improve instructional methods and tailor curricula to individual needs.
In addition, big data can also be used to track student progress and identify areas of improvement. As more schools and universities begin to adopt big data analytics, it is likely that this will become an essential tool for educational success.
EdTech moves quickly, make sure you’re keeping up
EdTech is evolving rapidly, with new technologies and approaches emerging all the time. It can be difficult to keep track of all the changes happening in this sector, so to help you stay on top of it all, we took a look at some of the most innovative trends in educational technology in 2022.
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