Common themes identified in this list of top new trends in educational technologies include individualism, shared information, and hands-on. This is according to Pamela DeLoatch in her article at
In the individualism grouping, we see this list:
- Wearable tech
- Bring your own device
- Mobile learning
In the shared information grouping, the following is listed:
- Cloud computing
For the hands on grouping, the list includes:
- 3D printing
- Flipped, blended learning
- Online learning
Concerning flipped and blended learning, the author predicts that these trends let teachers have a chance to “spend more time on areas that are challenging to students.” This is instead of spending class time on lectures that students can access online.
With regard to online learning, the article states the idea that “as the number of online learners grows, organizations will begin to create more structured programs and measure their effectiveness.” My guess is that effectiveness of online learning will continue to improve and grow.
Whether we work in an area related to education or not, it can be worthwhile to be aware of trends in educational technology to see if we can use related techniques for the audiences we serve in our own work.
By Jeanette Evans