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4 Trends Redefine Ed Tech in 2018
The advent of education technology (Ed Tech) has transformed the traditional practices and methods used in delivering education to students, bringing a revolution in k-12 education. To make learning an immersive experience, educational institutions are integrating Ed Tech tools and devices such as AI-enabled VR and 3-D printers into classrooms. It allows pupils to visualize concepts in ways that otherwise would be impossible in a traditional classroom. Leveraging analytics tools, educators will be able to analyze student performance and adjust their teaching style accordingly. The capability of machine learning algorithms suggests students the areas of improvement while enabling them to focus more on concepts or topics they lag behind.
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Here are the top four trends that are to revolutionize Ed Tech in 2018
1. Introduction of VR in classrooms
While schools districts have seen devices such as tablets making inroads into their sphere, it’s time they take a holistic approach to enhance student engagement and curiosity. The introduction of VR in classrooms can help collaborate with students and teachers alike in real-time, enabling them to interact in the virtual space.
2. Analytics for real-time feedback
AI-enabled analytics tools will provide teachers with reports on the performance of students in real-time. Rather than waiting for end-of-chapter unit tests to assess the understanding of students, teachers can ascertain if the student is able to comprehend certain concept and accordingly share feedback in real-time.
3. Digital Citizenship
What was earlier a buzzword, digital citizenship today holds a paramount importance in conversations around digitalization everywhere—be it digital summits and conferences. It will foster safe and secure use of technology and create a culture wherein each digital citizen can learn, ideate, interact and share.
4. Creative Coding
As technology is penetrating in every sphere of life, it is imperative for one to be familiar with coding, at least with its basics. With that in mind, technology innovators are in a bid to make coding as fun, engaging and inclusive as possible. Further, accommodating coding software across platforms including tablet, smartphone, and PC can deliver undeniable benefits to students and enable contextual understanding while leaving a lasting engagement.
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By John Godfrey, AVC & CISO, University of Kansas Medical Center