The Changing Face of EdTech

  • Education

A few decades ago, the biggest advances in educational technology were computers in the classroom.
Now, the face of edtech is changing as new technologies pave the way for better educational experiences. From tablets to VR, anything seems possible now.
As tech advances, so will education. Students now have more engaging ways to learn than ever before.

Virtual reality and augmented reality devices are drastically changing education. Students don’t just have to read a book or listen to a lecture. Now, they get to experience what they’re learning. Devices are becoming more affordable and developers are creating numerous new apps.
Students are able to take virtual tours as they learn geography, integrate their own artwork into the real world and much more. It’s a far more interactive way to learn that helps students better retain lessons.

Blended Learning
Every student learns differently and the edtech trend towards blended learning is offering a more personalized experience. Students learn via a mix of traditional and online resources. It’s ideal for giving students the best of both worlds. Teachers are also able to better customize the way students learn to best fit the needs of the students.

IoT Devices
Internet of Things devices are seemingly taking over the world, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re also changing the face of edtech. In 2017 alone, there have been 20 billion IoT devices connected around the world and Intel predicts 200 billion will be connected by 2020.
Classrooms are using IoT devices to provide better learning experiences. Teachers are better able to monitor a student’s progress in real-time and discover if they’re having difficulties. This helps prevent students from falling behind. Teachers can even see notes in real-time to see if students are really comprehending what’s being said.

Wireless Learning
Teachers no longer have to stand at the front of the room and talk. They can now cast presentations, videos and notes from their wireless devices to students tablets and computers. They can use more multimedia content on large flat screen monitors to better engage students. The students themselves are even able to stream their own presentations directly from their devices without the need for fragile USB drives and SD cards.

Machine Learning And Predictive Analysis
Imagine if education were more like Amazon – personalized to your specific interests and needs. Machine learning is changing edtech, but in a good way. IBM is working with schools to take advantage of big data along with machine learning to predict what students need, where they’re struggling, who’s most at risk for dropping out and much more. It’s a way to personalize a classroom even when it’s filled with 30 students.
From analyzing test scores to the way students interact with digital interfaces, the system learns student behavior to identify certain trends. The results allow teachers to better reach individual students.

Bring your own device is becoming a popular trend as edtech changes. Often times, students are more comfortable using their own device that’s customized to their liking. Schools can still choose to block certain things to keep students more focused. However, students enjoy having their own work space and that alone encourages them to pay more attention, take notes and learn more.

Learning Management Systems
While it’s not a new trend, it’s one that’s being adopted more and more. These systems changed edtech by going from only allowing students to access information on school computers to reviewing lessons online wherever they are.
Teachers use an LMS to plan lessons, upload content and interact with students even outside the classroom. For students who have to miss school, they’re able to access everything they need online. If they missed an important point in class, they’re able to review it quickly.

The face of edtech is changing and it’s bringing with it a world of possibilities to help students learn better.