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5 Edtech Trends in 2019

5 Edtech Trends in 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Technological advancements are continuing to progress exponentially in all disciplines, and education is no exception.

Education has revolutionized the way we live and socialize. It’s something that can bring about positive reforms in the world. Technology in education can play a significant role in eradicating current limitations and providing education to every individual across the world. In this article, we have compiled the top five trends and technologies advancing education in 2019.

1. Coding

The world around us profoundly depends on technology. In order to participate in the future of work, students need to learn a variety of skills. In recent years, the idea of teaching coding in school has generated novel interest globally. Students can begin learning how to code starting in Kindergarten, as it is vital for them, both socially and educationally. Coding also helps students by developing enhanced academic motivation, mathematical and computer skills, and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, coding also enables students in the development of autonomy and critical thinking, teamwork, collaboration, and mutual assistance. Coding trains students to improve their self-esteem and sense of competence. For these reasons, coding is becoming more popular.

2. Remote Learning

We all are well familiar with the idea of interactive learning or eLearning beyond the classroom, and in 2019, remote learning is growing rapidly. With the advent of 5G technology, virtual classrooms will develop into a high-definition reality. From webinars to online training sessions, remote learning has various advantageous. Another major point to highlight here is the fact that remote learning can enable schools to connect with rurally located students. Flexibility, affordability, quality, personal growth, and networking are the key benefits of remote learning. By bridging the gap between a teacher and a student, it will provide a cost-effective solution to the major issue of staffing struggles within remote communities. Through this collaborative learning approach, students can interact with their peers which can also help them to develop interpersonal skills. 

3. Augmented Reality

Bringing technology into the classroom has made classrooms lively and interactive by adding extra learning appendages, like fun facts, visual 3D models, and historical images, etc. According to AR insider, the technology trend shows that, most probably, more than 1.5 billion AR-compatible smartphones will be surrounding us by the end of the year 2020, and they will reach up to 3.4 billion by 2023. In learning environments for medicine and manufacturing-focused skills, AR is increasingly being adopted as a training tool, for instance, AR is being used in surgery planning and practice. With the incorporation of AR in education, teachers can expect more motivated learners, highly interactive classrooms, and faster learning. With AR technology, students can grasp the difficult concepts easily by turning them into 3D models.  

4. Generation Z in class

The post-Millennial generation, Generation Z, has been immersed in technology from the beginning. Their social lives are frequently online; they expect to have all the content at a rapid speed whenever they need, and many prefer watching educational videos than reading the text. With this technology trend, schools have to face a rising security risk, as more and more students with devices and access to the internet are hard to manage. In 2019, schools are using monitoring apps like Xnspy for schools to control the usage of cell phones in the classrooms. This primarily demands a shift in technology usage to meet the new generational cohort in schools and universities. Generation Z is not looking for regular in-person office hours; rather, they are expecting their teachers to be available for them on instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp.   


And how can we forget to mention STEAM? STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is the transdisciplinary approach that was initially used by educators to integrate all STEAM subjects, but it seems that it has changed the entire global culture. In 2019, STEAM is really making a mark in classrooms. The basic objective of promoting STEAM in classrooms is to prepare students for life outside of school. These diverse disciplines are combined into sessions with students having to develop their expertise in all areas to solve a problem by thinking outside the box. They can share their interactive ideas, collaborate with their team, and partake in multi-disciplinary tasks.

Every year, the number of educational technology tools for the classroom increases. The fact cannot be overlooked that the best educational technology doesn’t replace the traditional classroom, but improves it. That’s because instructors who adopt technology get an edge. Today’s classroom technology helps inspire, engage, and motivate learners. But the real value of technology in education is in personalizing learning for every student. From coding to STEAM education, these technologies and topics are worth paying attention to this year.

Written by Andrew Carroll

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