As almost every field today is experiencing rapid development, education sector is also on its move to a faster and technology driven phase. Only classroom teaching with a chalk and duster is not the present scenario, the past few years have progressed a lot seeking many new and innovative trends. Recent reports and surveys have brought forward some of these trends as follows:
Learning through Artificial Intelligence
With rise of machine learning classroom teaching for students with different learning abilities has benefited a lot. This amazing technology personalizes the learning material according to the abilities of students hence making it easier for them to understand and simplifying the efforts of the teachers too. Machine learning is based on natural language processing and speech recognition that helps to implement conversational programs possible through chat bots. These chat bots can also be used for beginning tuitions.
Emergence of little data
For education sector it’s about little data. Little data is the personal information that is analyzed by the intelligent system to look into the way of each and every student’s performance and learning. This deep and individual analysis gives a helping hand to the educators in decision making.
Implementation of cloud technologies
Schools will now focus on storing all the important papers, documents, projects etc. on their personal cloud. Students will no longer have to fret about the lost documents anymore because now everything will be there on the cloud.
With increasing technology related requirements in the education sector, institutions will now have to outsource their IT related work to ensure safety, cover absence of the responsible person and quick risk solutions.
When face to face conversation is not possible certain tools will be used to make proper communication possible. This is a better way to communicate and teach a large number of students at the same time.
Peer to Peer mentoring
Peer to peer mentoring is the growing trend and will be definitely implemented in schools and colleges. These schemes will help in gaining supportive behavior where they will learn their own online safety.
As technology is the rising trend in the education industry hence in order to reduce the number of textbooks pupils will be allowed to carry their own tablets to the class. This will not only reduce the burden of heavy bags but will help them study in their own way making use of their favourite learning apps.
The full form of MOOC is Massive Open Online Courses. Online courses are on the rise as these have helped many students to gain distant education sitting anywhere. MOOC courses are designed for a large number students sitting at different places and are structured according to a particular university’s pattern.
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Flipped learning is another trending notion regarding the modern education in which students are provided with the learning material before the class and then they can discuss their queries with peers and then indulge into other problem solving activities.
Self directed professional development
Many educators are focusing on their own professional development and that is no doubt, helping the students to a much extent. This self directed professional development has resulted into online webinars, videos and other education related content that has simplified classroom teaching a lot. Many schools are now providing with their own self directed videos created by their own teachers and lecturers, instead of depending on other online educators.
Collaborative learning is the result of so many emerging apps and tools like Google docs. There are many such apps that also help in creating online quizzes and puzzles, there are interactive whiteboards that make collaborative learning more fun increasing engagement.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Yes, this is the most trending topic nowadays as it creates a virtual environment exactly like what it should be. In subjects like history and chemistry these virtual environments create a much interactive session where students find it interesting to learn and enjoy at the same time.
Whereas in augmented reality where technology brings you an enhanced version. The real world objects are augmented with digital learning experiences.
As everyone today owns a mobile hence using this device for learning can make a better use of it. Easy to connect with other mobiles, this trend of education can ease the task of learning and explaining as well. Mobile learning will provide flexibility and accessibility at the same time. When different mobile devices will be connected within the classroom, this will help the teachers to understand the ability of students and guide them accordingly.
Gamification in learning
Children today are smart and instead of using those traditional methods of step by step learning they need something which is innovative and even smarter. Video games and other gaming methods when incorporated in education make it interesting, interactive and easy to understand. Gamification wipes away monotonous form of classroom teaching and brings in something really enjoyable and productive. Through this method they learn team work and togetherness.
In the end…
These are only a few techniques that are emerging with time and are already incorporated in many schools all over the world. Technology has found its place in the education system also and has benefitted it a lot. With flexibility and scalability these trends are also proving out to be reliable. Education system is becoming more and more automated but with foolproof safety and security.
Students are finding the emerging ways interesting that is helping them learn more deeply and this is what is needed in the end. These trends are not only making the students learn about a specific subject and syllabus but they are becoming smarter by using such smart and innovative systems. Latest education methods are popular because the students have accepted these willingly and are finding them interesting. Still there are many new dimensions that need to be explored and many new trends are waiting to be unfolded.