9 Emerging Digital Transformation Trends in Education
The educational system as a whole is beginning to recognize the benefits that technology can offer today’s classrooms for all grade-levels. Traditionally, education has been slow to accept extensive change, holding on to old teaching methods and practices. But through digital transformation and the rise of technology, teachers have been able to make great strides in new ways of delivering education at a faster rate than expected.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recognizes this shift towards utilizing technology in the classroom. The improvement of connectivity and impactful learning for teachers about how to apply technology offers students new experiences in schools across the U.S. Here are 9 trends that are emerging in educational settings today.
- Computer coding education
Young people today need to understand the basics of computer coding in order to be effective problem-solvers. Teachers are infusing coding and computational thinking into education throughout the curriculum. They are encouraging students to attain problem solving skills and become digital content creators.
- Real-time learning
Instead of relying on tests at the end of the unit or year to determine student comprehension of the material, electronic devices now provide students with real-time feedback based on individual student progress. This enables teachers to intervene and help students before they lag too far behind.
- Virtual reality
Virtual reality (VR) – and its cousin augmented reality (AR) – can put students in places they otherwise would not be able to experience. As teachers better understand how to use these sophisticated tools based on the learning goals for their students, they can design learning experiences that use the unique capabilities of VR and AR to provide students with a better learning opportunity.
- Media literacy
As more and more information is consumed online, students need to understand how to decipher the difference between accurate and false information. There is an increased focus on media literacy in today’s curriculum, especially as it relates to credible sources and valid interpretations of data.
- Digital citizenship
Digital citizenship includes the do’s and don’ts of online activities, but also encourages students to learn how to use technology to do good in the world. While online safety is still a major issue facing people today, especially young people, using tools online to become more active citizens and community members will help students recognize the responsibilities as well as the opportunities they have to participate in an interconnected online world.
- Classroom devices
Schools are increasingly offering laptops and iPads to students in the classroom. Several grants and donations have outfitted schools across the country with their own classroom technology. As the number of classroom devices grow, students are required to be properly educated on cyber safety and individual responsibility.
- Redesigned learning spaces
Educators today recognize the need for classrooms to do a better job of preparing students to participate in the workforce. This has inspired collaborative-friendly work spaces that facilitate learning. For example, many schools use SMARTboards and pods of SMARTdesks instead of rows of individual desks. Redesigned learning spaces offers integrated technology and a potentially more conducive environment for learning, Look for more informal learning spaces in the future.
- Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is already being used to augment today’s classrooms. AI is being used in higher education to advise students and as chatbots equipped with Natural Language Progression. The chatbots are able to help students with their homework and help them through the registration and financial aid process. Other AI applications in education include evaluation of the quality of education provided as well as facilitating one-on-one tutoring.
Gaming technology makes learning more interactive and exciting. As gaming technology progresses, it is being used to enhance educational games in many disciplines. Gamification mirrors real life, offering students the unique opportunity to apply new knowledge, make critical decisions and identify obstacles. Gamification helps students build problem-solving skills as well as offering intrinsic motivation that encourages students to work harder and last longer.
Applying new technology and learning models to educational systems is exciting and filled with the promise of new possibilities. However, it is imperative that schools receive the IT support and cyber security they need to keep technology online and student information safe. As the expectations of students, teachers and parents increase, responsiveness to the demands of technology in the classroom must increase as well.
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