The only constant is “change”!
Edtech investments lately hit a historical new record of 9.5 billion. The market is flooded with new products. However, the exciting part of it is it develops at an even more rapid pace.
That perhaps is one of the vital reasons contributing to the significant advancements in the learning space and how it has led to changes in the way teachers and students interact and how schools operate.
Gamification is here to stay!
Engaging students with games create a learning space where students are engaged more, and it increases the interactivity level of students with content. It offers both context and outcome to student’s level of understanding and knowledge.
Using games let students fail, overcome, and persevere. They are offered a sense of agency—in games, they are in charge of the choices they make, and the more agency students have, the better students do. Instant feedback and rewards are external motivators that work.
The buzzword: “Personalised Learning.”
One thing that I absolutely cherish about personalised learning is it offers the first-hand experience through teaching as well as facilitates instruction and collaboration to address through technology to address student’s individual needs and interests for more in-depth learning.
With tech at disposal, teachers can tailor their instruction based on the assessment of each student’s needs and preferences.
With advancement in Edtech tools such as Mindspark, it will help in developing personalized learning to the next level. It will also re-energize students by providing them with opportunities to learn at their own pace and with no judgement or peer-pressure.
Artificial Intelligence is everywhere!
AI isn’t new anymore! It has already been applied to education primarily in some tools that help develop skills and testing systems. As AI educational solutions continue to mature, the stakes are high on AI that it will help bridge the gaps in learning and teaching thereby empowering teachers to do more than before.
AI is already helping schools in grading! Current AI technology is able to automate grading of multiple choice, and with more advancement, it is expected to grade more than the standard assessment. The mundane tasks too can be managed by AI, as well as communication with students. For instance, one college professor used an AI chatbot to communicate with students as a teaching assistant all semester without students knowing they were not talking to a human.
Skill-based learning is the priority of the school
More and more schools are breaking the barrier of monotonous classroom learning. Students now acquire skills along with the curriculum learning. There is also a significant focus on applying skill-based learning in classroom teaching.
This Math teacher says from Kansagra School, Rajkot shares her experience.
Well. Let ’s say in a typical math class, students first learn formula and then apply it. But not here. We teach students to break down the problem statement and address it. I’ll give you a recent example. We were doing percentage and application in the classroom.
Say, what is 20% of 50. The connection was built that students already know about fraction. i.e. what is two fifth of ten? So if they know what two-fifths of ten is, it will be easy for them to comprehend 20% of 50 and figure out.
Once students crack this step, we put it in the word problem. For instance, you have borrowed 50 rs from your friend on 20% interest for a year how much you’ll have to return back.
This is gradually building the concept from fraction to per cent of quantity to the application of per cent to calculating simple interest. In the entire process, students don’t have any formula. We give them formula once the loop is closed.
Big Data has knocked the door, Finally!
Big data, along with predictive analytics, has great potential to answer some of the much-asked questions like “ Where my student is lagged behind”. Why? How can I help him improve? Data helps you accurately identify the pain area of the student as well as its learning Level.
Tools like Detailed Assessment offers rich data that tells the management of school needs and help forecast and support student’s performance in school annual exams, external competitive exams and board exams.
With the amount of data teachers get, they can identify and group the students as per their needs and offer the required remedial support. So data is helping schools transform and progress.
That’s a wrap from my side. If I have missed on a trend that’s gonna dominate 2019, feel free to drop a comment! Till then, keep reading
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