Future of Educational Technology: Edtech Trends 2016

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Now that we’ve popped the cork on 2016, we’ve also had some time to reflect on this past year. After all, 2015 did see a plenty of new technologies and solutions bloom while others faded from the limelight.

The Internet of Things, for instance, crawled into schools as wearables and connected devices became less expensive. Beacon technology allows teachers to push educational materials to students’ tablets at set times. Wearables track students’ heart rates and steps as they exercise in gym class. IP video surveillance systems are being hired to improve security. The rise of 3D printing was even more meteoric. Gamification, on the other hand, lost its place, in general, the future of educational technology looks abuzz with a number of innovations and breakthroughs.

Let’s discuss a few pointers which would help us understand what we have in store for the future of educational technology in 2016:

  1. Schools should purposefully abandon things that have proved ineffective, and reinvest efficiency gains back into the classroom while planning strategic expansions.
  2. Teachers need to receive both training and professional development, only then will they understand only how to operate technology and how to use technology to provide new, engaging learning opportunities.
  3. To salvage ineffective professional development programs, schools need to redefine what it means to help teachers improve, re-evaluate existing programs and reinvent the way they support effective teaching at scale.
  4. Technology alone cannot improve education; change is a possibility only when school’s’ thought leaders bring together student-centred instructional design with differentiated training and professional development and work towards the future of educational technology as well.
  5. Educators need to teach students how to be responsible digital citizens, not only to safeguard their health and wellness but also to ensure their personal security and ethical digital behaviour.
  6. Schools should equally invest in culture & people development and in purchasing new tech.

A few technologies driving the future of educational technology would be:

  • 3D Printing
  • Cloud Computing
  • Big Data
  • IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Augmented Reality

As we proceed in 2016, the Fedena team is already hard at work lining up our thoughts on a number of key themes, including technology leadership, training and professional development, and mobility. So check back periodically for insights into the future of educational technology.

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