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What are the Future Trends for the Education Industry

The future of education will probably be a lot different than what many people imagine. Technology is taking over, and education isn’t an exception. Until now, education has been slow in adopting new technologies. This year, online learning and digital tools became a trend, and it wasn’t because of their own choice. Technology became the only solution during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, we will probably see change sooner than expected. These are the tech trends that will define the future.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Two of the technologies that will be at play in the future of education are augmented and virtual reality. Augmented reality is an extra layer in real life. It is the maximum expression of using technology to enhance the reality we already have. In other words, it is when we see digital objects in the real world. 

Virtual reality, on the other hand, is to immerse ourselves in a completely virtual world. It is very different because what we see and hear is all digitally created. In education, institutions from primary to higher levels can use both technologies to improve students’ experience. For example, something that some universities already use is augmented reality to train medical students. 

At lower levels, it could change how kids learn. With everything changing because of the pandemic, education would be easier if virtual reality was already a standard technology. Kids could attend virtual classrooms and feel like they were attending classes in person. It is one of the goals of applying VR and AR in the education sector.

Augmented Reality

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning software uses artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze a student’s performance and adapt the classes accordingly. It’s like having a dedicated tutor for each student without actually hiring one. Many people believe it is the future of education. Right now, adaptive learning is only being used on online platforms. 

In a future where buildings are smart, students use wearables, and technology is part of the day-to-day learning, adaptive learning could even analyze data like a student’s heart rate or pupil dilatation to determine engagement. It has the potential of changing traditional education as we know it. Plus, it helps teachers in a way that they can only concentrate on the students. 

For example, Dreambox is an adaptive learning platform to help K-8 students learn math. They use adaptive learning to adapt to each student’s needs. It is the ultimate personalized experience, and anyone can use it in the classroom or at home. 

Internet of Things

Another tech trend that will change the future of education is the Internet of Things. IoT is the interconnection between different tech devices, appliances, tools, sensors, and even smart buildings through the Internet. For example, in a home with a smart fridge, TV, and light systems, all those devices belong to the Internet of Things.

In education, IoT can be used for many purposes that optimize its operations. First, it can help to optimize the management of institutions by keeping track of everything. Everyone involved—like teachers, students, and parents—see the records. Secondly, it will enable real-time data collection, which is the first step to creating adaptive learning software. 

Finally, it can help improve safety by video monitoring tools and sensors. Overall, IoT is probably the first step in introducing new technologies in education. After this, every other technology can be based on the data collected. Things like data science, machine learning, blockchain, and even VR and AR will grow from the information we gather.

Big Data

Some of the technologies already mentioned in this article can help us collect ever-increasing amounts of data, from grades to the specific circumstances under which a student performs best. The data revolution has been enabled by a greater capacity to not only collect but also store and process vast amounts of information. We can use this information to improve students’ results, customize programs, and reduce dropout rates.

Big data can help boost student results. Throughout their life, each student generates a unique trail of data. If we can harness and use this information in real-time, we will be able to optimize the learning environment for the student in question. The impact on the student’s learning journey could be beyond measure.

Video-based Learning

After the creation of Youtube, videos have become the go-to method of learning for many young people. There is probably a video on Youtube for anything you want to learn or are curious about. The increase in accessibility with laptops and smartphones only increased this trend. 

The massive transition into online learning caused by the pandemic has made video-based learning one of the most popular tools to make classes more interactive. Plus, videos are the base of self-paced learning courses, which have become common in the last few years. 

In Summary

Augmented and virtual reality, adaptive learning, the Internet of Things, big data, and video-based learning are only a few of the Edtech trends that will change the way we learn. A few of the things that we will see are courses that adapt to the students’ needs, as well as students learning about history by seeing historical events on VR and choosing when to learn by having 24/7 access to video material.

Matthew Murphy

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