5 ED Tech Trends in 2017

February 15, 2017
With a greater focus on technology in the field of education, the future of learning and teaching is based on continuous innovation. Taking a hint from 2016, here are the top 5 education tech trends to look out for in 2017:
Learning Analytics
With the abundance of data available to us, the insightfulness of this data becomes important as well. The key to learning analytics is to measure a student’s understanding of the topic and finding the areas where help is needed. Using data to trace the growth and proficiency of learners is already a mainstay in many classrooms, and will continue to be a key differentiator that ensures the success of online content.
Virtual Reality
By enabling a user to experience situations and concepts that are almost impossible to encounter in real life, virtual reality brings a global experience into the classroom. Students can be taken back to where events they’re learning about had occurred in the first place, and experience those episodes unfurl before them. Virtual field trips to places that are far-off, or dangerous can also be organized to enhance the learning experience of students. The quantity and quality of VR/AR content continues to improve exponentially as more firms embrace its capabilities.
Non-traditional methods of learning are certain to be cemented this year. As institutions try to maximize engagement in the classroom through the interactive representation of existing content available with them, gaming seems to be one of the key solutions. Gaming not only turns routine exercises into a creative activity, but also pushes students to improve their performance by bringing in a sense of competition. 2016 saw some big gaming titles being used in classrooms to teach students a number of lessons. Although most of these endeavours were treated as an experiment, gaming is expected to become an increasingly integral part of the classroom learning process.
Video-Based Learning
The use of videos in learning is undoubtedly beneficial for both students and educators. While the trend of watching videos to learn has passed long ago, 2016 was the year when a lot of people were seen producing and sharing videos. From live streams of conferences and recording of lectures, videos have become an integral part of the learners’ lives. 2017 is expected to see purposeful apps being designed to cater to assignments and discussions via the medium of videos.
Blended Learning
In order to improve the efficiency of educators’ teaching styles and the learning capacity of the users, blended learning seems to be the most appealing option. By combining traditional classroom methods with online digital media, there is greater focus on the individual needs of a student, who can control his progress in the presence of the educator. The education industry seems to be on its way to successfully making digital transformation a reality, and 2017 promises to be a significant year in that respect. The use of modern technology promises a more holistic learning experience, and, as a result, enhanced student outcomes.