Education technology (edtech) is revolutionizing the way we teach and learn. From artificial intelligence to online learning platforms and adaptive assessments, it's important to understand what and how these technologies are shaping the future of education. In this post, we'll explore some of the top edtech trends to watch out for in the next ten years
In a recent study conducted by McKinsey, more than 60% of students said that all the classroom technologies they’ve used since COVID-19 began had improved their learning and grades.
Trend #1 - Digital strategy
The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital solutions in education. To meet the changing needs of students and institutions and to remain competitive, a digital strategy is essential. This strategy should focus on online learning, virtual classrooms, and educational technology to enhance the learning experience to make it more personalized, engaging, and accessible. In addition, concerns related to data privacy and security should be considered. A strong digital strategy is essential for educational institutions to thrive in the digital age.
Trend #2 - Blended learning
Blended learning combines traditional classroom instruction with online learning, providing students with a flexible and personalized learning experience that allows them to learn at their own pace and style.
This approach allows educators to use technology to improve their teaching and gives students more opportunities to engage with the material. Students can enjoy the benefits of online learning, such as flexibility and convenience while receiving the human touch of traditional classroom instruction.
Trend #3 - Online learning platforms
Online learning has made education more accessible and convenient. Platforms like an LMS stand out for their ability to quickly build and deliver engaging content, making it easy for educators to implement in their classrooms. Interactive assessments, virtual labs, and real-time feedback features enhance the overall learning experience for students and promote active learning, which is crucial for effective information retention.
Students in classes with traditional lecturing were 1.5 times more likely to fail than those in classes with active learning.
Trend #4 - Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the edtech sector by providing students with personalized and dynamic learning experiences.
AI-generated content platforms offer students access to information and support, but it goes beyond that. AI can analyze student data to identify areas of difficulty and provide targeted instruction, ensuring no student is left behind. One of the most exciting examples is the use of a virtual avatar that can clone the voice and manners of an instructor to humanize online classes and make them more engaging.
Instead of considering AI as a “replacement” or “competition”, it should be seen as a powerful 24/7 assistant without the costly fees.
Trend #5 - Virtual reality & augmented reality
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) allow students to enter immersive and interactive environments. Imagine transporting your students to ancient Egypt to learn the foundations of our history or the ocean’s depths to take a closer look at bioluminescence without leaving the classroom. Furthermore, these technologies can also be used in higher education to train students in fields such as health, engineering, and architecture.
Investment in VR/AR technology can be costly, but because of its potential long-term benefits for learning, it can end up paying off. As technology evolves, prices may decrease and become more accessible to educational institutions.
Trend #6 - Gamification
Gamification incorporates game design elements into the learning process, making it more engaging and motivating for students.
Calcularis and Grafari (Orthograph), are among popular gamification-based solutions in the edtech market. These evidence-based games have been scientifically proven to increase students' level of understanding in less than 12 weeks, making them an effective tool for educators to improve their teaching practices.
Trend #7 - Adaptive assessments & online proctoring
Learning is changing, and so are the exams.
Adaptive assessments allow for a more personalized learning experience. They are tailored to the individual needs and abilities of each student and effectively assess their understanding of the material. Using data and algorithms, adaptive assessments can identify strengths and weaknesses, which help educators to tailor teaching and provide targeted support.
Online proctoring has become more popular during the pandemic due to exams going online – and it is here to stay. Online exams offer greater accessibility and online proctoring, greater security. Features such as facial and emotional recognition, gaze and voice detection, or the ability to recognize tab changes and secondary screens can help prevent cheating and ensure a fair assessment of student knowledge and skills. It also allows institutions to maintain academic standards and the credibility of their programs.
Trend #8 - Coding programs in schools
The inclusion of coding programs in schools is essential for students to stay competitive in the job market as the world is rapidly becoming more digitized and technology-driven. By learning how to program, students acquire not only valuable technical skills but also develop essential problem-solving and critical thinking abilities that are in high demand in today's workforce. These skills can level the playing field and provide them with greater access to education and job opportunities.
More than 90% of current jobs in the EU require basic digital skills, yet 43% of European citizens and over a third of the EU labor force lack them.
Trend #9 - Increased use of data & analytics
Data and analytics play a crucial role in education by allowing for more informed decisions, personalized learning experiences, and improved student outcomes. By analyzing student performance data, teachers can identify areas for improvement and tailor instruction. This leads to more effective use of resources and equal opportunities for students to succeed.
Furthermore, a data-driven approach to education leads to more accurate assessments of student progress and better-informed resource allocation decisions, resulting in improved student outcomes across the board.
Trend #10 - Alternative credentials
While traditional degrees will continue to hold value, there is a growing emphasis on alternative credentials, such as bootcamp certificates and online courses focused on professional and technological skills.
As the cost of postsecondary degrees becomes higher and the job market, more dynamic, people are more likely to change careers several times over the course of their life. In addition, technological advancements make some skills obsolete, so it is vital that the workforce continually adapts and acquires new competencies.
Stay ahead of the curve with Constructor
As we move forward, it is important to keep an eye on these edtech trends to stay ahead of the curve and ensure that our educational institutions provide the best possible learning experience for our students – personalized, engaging, and accessible. By implementing these innovative solutions, we can ensure that our students are well-prepared for the future and that they have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.
At Constructor, we are well-positioned to accommodate and promote these trends with our cost-effective, engaging model equipped with technologically advanced tools. We can help institutions effectively transition to hybrid learning, which will pave the way for lifelong learning experiences.
Talk with us today to learn more about how Constructor can support your educational institution or organization!