Technology has changed the way we all learn. Our schools and learning environments have great potential to empower every student to learn at their own pace, in their own way.
The truth is, the best educational technology doesn’t replace the traditional classroom, but enhances it. Through the latest educational innovations, teachers and students now have better access to quality resources and effective learning methods than ever before. Here are five technology trends set to further enhance the educational landscape in 2019.
Whilst the idea of interactive learning beyond the classroom is not new, developing technology means that 2019 is the year were remote learning may really take off. With the advent of 5G networks in North America throughout 2019 and 2020, the online classroom will become a high-definition reality. Remote learning is useful in many everyday educational scenarios, from webinars to training sessions for employees in multiple locations. Lambda Solutions offers a variety of live and recorded webinars as an easy way of sharing their years of industry knowledge, as well as resources on how to get remote and mobile learning initiatives off the ground. Another major benefit of high-speed remote learning is the ability it gives schools to connect with rurally located children, providing a valuable solution to the issue of staffing struggles within remote communities.
AI technology may still be in its infancy, but it can have a significant impact on education. For example, chatbots can answer questions about homework, college regulations, paperwork requirements, and more, freeing up human resources for more complex issues.
More advanced applications involve assessment and learning; for example, tools like Virtual Learning Assistant, by Cognii, have great potential for one-on-one tutoring. Natural language processing (NPL) can answer open-response questions and provide instant feedback and scoring.
Once hailed as a game-changing enterprise technology, the potential of augmented reality is being realised and explored fast to transform the future of education. According to a recent estimate, the next couple of years will witness the rise of billions of 5G devices and smartphones, which shall drive the adoption of augmented reality (AR) as means to take user-experience to the next level.
This opens up tremendous scope for using AR in education sector via smart devices. Resulting outcomes will significantly enhance learning experiences for students and educators, making consumption of academic content more immersive and enjoyable, which in turn shall deliver impactful understanding like never before.
Deploying AR-enabled solutions will make the learning environment more engaging, interactive and immersive. Teachers can create lesson plans backed by developing interactive models on subject-specific topics. This ensures a better understanding of subject matter as the focus shifts from a more theoretical learning experience to a practical learning methodology. AR will help students visualise what they are learning, which will reinforce their conceptual understanding of the subject matter.
Whether it’s child’s favourite video game Fornite, or grown up gamified apps such as Headspace, games are becoming more and more embedded into everyday life. This is especially true for 2019’s educational environments. While you may have fond memories from your own school days of playing Oregon Trail or Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on a stone age desktop, the gamification of education has since become far more sophisticated. Examples of today’s educational games include the Nintendo Labo, a combination of cardboard construction pieces and digital controllers, allowing kids to experiment and build something that is “fun to play with, but also teaches engineering principles.”
In five years, the effects of quantum computing will reach beyond the research lab. Quantum will be ubiquitous in university classrooms, and will even be available, to some degree, at the high school level. From computer science courses to chemistry and business classes, students will become familiar with this technology and pursue career paths rooted in quantum computing. Quantum computing will be deeply embedded in a range of curricula, and learning about it will be a pre-requisite for science and engineering programs worldwide. No student will graduate without having been exposed to quantum-related education. Every university globally will have a quantum computing program, and will teach their students through real, practical experiments, run on working quantum computers, accessed through the cloud.
A new community of developers will emerge. The concept of “learning to code” will have a quantum track in computer science curricula. Quantum algorithms will be taught alongside classical algorithms in information theory.
Whether you are an EdTech CIO, an academic institution or provider of e-learning curriculum, if your wish is to leverage these disruptive EdTech trends to your advantage, then give us a shout. Together, we can build cutting-edge e-learning software applications and digital solutions for education industry that harness the latest advances in digital transformation.
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