What I’ve Noticed:
- Maker Everything – STEM & STEAM, coding, maker, 3-D Printing, hands on-inquiry based learning experiences
- Gaming – Minecraft anyone? Minecraft is being used in classrooms today, especially in math. There are also some other types of “gaming” in education such as PBS’s Mission US, River City, Atlantis to name a few
- Online Courses – the need for students to interact and learn in an online environment is growing
- Continued growth of distance learning through collaboration and/or vendor/expert provided programs and courses through DL
- 1:1 Devices – the iPad trend is here to stay and more districts are jumping on the bandwagon (Interesting Poster with iPad Stats)
- Hybrid Courses – an online learning environment component to the traditional face-to-face environment
- Alternative to Smartboards – touch (and multi-touch) -screen televisions and computer screens are trending, especially due to the change in Smart’s licensing
- Flipped Classroom continues to grow
- Cloud Computing – for example Google Apps for Education
- Augmented Reality – apps and the rumored Google AR Glasses and fueling the Augmented Reality trend
- Differentiated learning with adaptive technology/resources such as McGraw Hills SmartBook
- OR teacher created textbooks such as iBooks
- Changing landscape of the classroom – move away from traditional classroom spaces and desk configuration.
This IMAGE really encapsulates the changes coming to education in regards to technology usage.
- Student Centered such as Project Based Learning
- Studio section is very interesting with the Peer-to-Peer learning
- Flipped Classroom, alternative ways to deliver content
Articles of Interest:
- Technology Education for Students is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and it Starts with Educating Teachers
- Is This The Future of Education?
“The old model of getting educated in four years and coasting for the next 40 years” is growing increasingly less relevant, says Andrew Ng, co-CEO and co-founder of online education startup Coursera, which offers free online courses from universities like Stanford, Princeton, and Duke. “In the 40 years we continue to work, tech will allow us to continue to learn in a way that wasn’t available.”