Classrooms are changing in ways we could not have imagined even a decade ago. With increased focus on practical learning, scholars and educators at all levels are trying new methods for instruction and assessment.Technology is now playing a greater role in lives of young adults and teachers are using this as an opportunity to improve the learning experience for students. On that note, here is a quick look at top trends in the education sector:
Social connectivity and remote learning
Through web services like live video streaming and social networking, it is now possible for students to connect with teachers, irrespective of time and distance. Unlike in a traditional classroom setting, this arrangement does not require them to be present physically.Access to internet and demand for new subjects have already paved the way for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). MOOCs are free learning courses that not only allow students to study their subjects of choice at convenience but also include feedback and support from educators.
Increase in charity:
With the global economic slowdown prompting governments to cut budgets, academic institutions are gearing up to receive lesser state funds than before. But the good news is that education remains the most popular cause among philanthropists. With the advent of technology, non-profits now use data analytics to not only determine the effectiveness of their grants but also identify areas for support. For example, entrepreneur Jason Sugarman supported the Fullerton Technology Foundation in California to provide gadgets such as laptops, digital microscopes, and cameras for students and teachers.
Use of gadgets in classrooms
It has been estimated that over three million Google Chromebooks were used in American educational institutions in 2014. These Google gadgets encompass nearly 50% of gadgets used in US classrooms. Thanks to ebook readers like Kindle, it is now possible for students to access millions of books and online libraries. Even teachers have replaced overhead projectors and chalkboards with virtual boards and video lectures.Classrooms are now increasingly changing to become tech-friendly and paperless, reducing the stress on the environment.
Improvement in special learning tools
The idea of inclusive education for all is the hot topic for discussion in the education sector. Parents, experts, and teachers are exploring various ways to help students with special needs gain quality education in general schools and classes. Schools are willing to invest in assisted technology (devices and software to assist students with different needs) and specially-trained teachers to assist students. Students can now appear for exams by just recording answers orally, instead of writing.
Games and Learning
Especially for subjects like Math that cannot be taught by just classroom lectures, Game-based Learning (GBL) has arrived like a blessing for teachers. Educators and software developers have collaborated to come up with games that help students, especially in kindergarten and middle school, have fun while learning. Most games require students to respond fast to challenges and practice new concepts as they progress in the game. Furthermore, working on keypads and mouse to solve math challenges improves their hand-eye coordination.
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