5 EdTech Trends for 2024
The EdTech industry is a fast-growing global market where innovation leads the pace of change. Technology is intertwined with education to bridge educational gaps and reach learning outcomes. And every school year is a fresh opportunity to explore new possibilities! Here are the five future trends in EdTech for 2024 to start off the academic year strong.
EdTech industry trends for Back to School 2024
The main focus of next year’s EdTech will be personalisation. Technology can truly help students navigate the curriculum at their own pace, following their skills and interest. Teachers will also find insightful solutions in multiple activities: from grading to engaging pupils.
AI and immersive technologies will lead the sector to expand the learning experience offering new perspectives on all kinds of school topics thanks to virtual reality. Websites such as ChatGPT will instead provide new solutions for learning disabilities and language barriers.
Furthermore, teachers will gain a better overview of students’ performance thanks to quantum computing, translating massive amounts of data into insightful information.
1 – Hybrid Education
This learning method was only considered valid after the Pandemic when the necessity brought its potential to light. However, students and teachers both experimented with its benefits: going from the comfort of attending classes from wherever to the advantages of learning personalization.
Hybrid learning combines online and offline education to provide students with the best of both worlds. The main benefit comes from the accountability pupils must master. This method often [GM1] asks for integrating online learning with offline homework: keeping track of both requires management and organization skills.
Moreover, this type of learning fosters independence. Hybrid learners often find themselves free to handle their time and tasks however they prefer, as long as they comply with their deadlines. The main benefit is the possibility to personalise their learning method to fit their unique characteristics at best.
2 – ChatGPT
Last year, ChatGPT brought us to rediscuss the way we write, read, and work. However, this technology is far from reaching its full potential: EdTech is still trying to figure out how it could revolutionise the way we teach and learn.
Nonetheless, this technology could bring a multitude of benefits to the education sector, such as providing targeted and tailored feedback to help students and teachers identify learning difficulties and tackle them directly.
Furthermore, ChatGPT can support students with learning disabilities or language barriers with writing, reading comprehension, and language learning. This complex task can be hard for a single teacher managing an entire class, often at the expense of learners. Artificial intelligence, thus, can assure that nobody is left behind and all learning necessities are met.
3 – Immersive Tech
All teachers are aware that catching students’ attention is getting increasingly difficult every day as they are used to interacting with fast and brief stimuli. Immersive technologies can help win this challenge.
From AR (Augmented Reality) to VR (Virtual Reality), nowadays students have access to a diversified offer of virtual immersive experiences providing different levels of abstraction from reality. If up until a decade ago it was difficult to imagine the current level of accessibility to this type of activities, today students can explore virtual realities from the classroom or even the comfort of their home, thanks to apps or VR headsets.
Learning through experience is a powerful method – however, it is not always possible as it may require a trip, or even be impossible when learning about past facts that we cannot see through our eyes. Here comes immersive technology: expanding the learning universe beyond the borders of reality.
4 – Quantum Computing
Data offer a panoramic view of our realities. When it comes to education, teachers collect valuable sets of data addressing students’ performances daily. Unfortunately, deriving insightful information from them is not only difficult, but it requires specific skills.
How much can a student’s learning experience improve thanks to the analysis of their performance? Immensely: it can help highlight patterns and learning gaps that may not be visible to the human eye but have a pivotal impact on the learning outcome.
Quantum computing gathers a large amount of data offering unseen perspectives on the student’s learning path but also on the overall efficacy of the teaching methods. Furthermore, it can be introduced in the curriculum to get pupils acquainted with a new form of information gathering, offering a wider view of reality.
5 – Personalised Learning
Personalised learning is a teaching method that provides each student with the best curriculum suiting their skills, interests, and talents. This approach is not very common as it is quite demanding, especially without the aid of technology.
The key to mastering personalised learning is setting goals, both short and long-term. The periodic checking and feedback allow students and teachers to keep track of how the learning path is progressing to tackle all difficulties in time and adjust the direction if needed.
Technology becomes fundamental as most teachers deal with large or even multiple classrooms, making it hard to check on every student. Instead, today’s learners have access to infinite knowledge through the internet, they can live in person unimaginable experiences thanks to virtual reality, and they can count on the support of devices, software, and apps to expand their learning experience.
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