Technology is changing our lives in every way possible. Outdated ways and techniques have been the story of past. Education is the most demanding inductor right now and that’s why we see a great influence of technology on the education system. Chalk and whiteboards are old schools. Multimedia classes, video lectures and virtual classrooms are the modern way of teaching in the classrooms. Modern technologies and teaching methods are changing the way people learn, study and interact. For example, if anyone wants to buy, sell or rent a law textbook, she can easily do it online instead of going to the library. Here are some global technologies trends that will change our education system in 2018 and the coming years.
1. Bring your own device
With the advent of cheaper technologies, every student has his own smart device or smart gadget that has access to Wi-Fi and can easily access the educational content. So distributing notes and hard copies of the lessons are things of past now. There are so many educational apps available online that you can easily access any field and any lesson with just simple clicks. Students are more encouraged to bring their own device and participate in the class using them.
2. Big Data
Time consumption in test checking and assignment evaluation has been a great problem for every teacher. Every student needs to be evaluated for his performance. If any student is not performing well, then he needs to improve his work. While most of the record keeping is going in the clouds, data analysis is becoming mainstream for educational institutes. Analyzing big data, the educators can evaluate the trends and patterns and easily deduct results and conclusion about student performances. In 2018 big data will be more mainstream for the schools, colleges and universities alike.
3. Virtual Classrooms
Virtual classrooms or distance learning is very common and there have been many other innovations in this field. With major Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platforms such as Coursera, Udacity, people have easy access to educational materials for a lot less cost than the usual. It is expected that many more traditional classrooms will be converted into virtual classrooms and MOOCs in 2018, offering access to education to more and more people.
4. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Students are always more attracted to the graphical representation of concepts. Studies show that students learn more effectively from visual components compared to traditional lectures. Virtual reality and augmented reality have changed the way for many fields and are expected to play a bigger role in the classroom in the coming years. There are many concepts in many subjects that cannot be taught with simple paper or blackboard examples. AR and VR technology provide opportunities to improve the learning environment with 3D projections and actionable demonstrations.
5. Customized Learning
Every student has his own learning pace and own learning style. There are many schools in Japan and other countries where robots have been introduced in classes for students where each student is taught according to his own requirements and it is a more effective way for better learning.
6. Cloud Storage
File and educational data sharing have become mainstream for major industries. As cloud storage and computing continue to be a staple for the educational institutes, it changes the way teachers and students interact. For example, teachers can upload the lectures and other data on cloud storage where every student can access the data and study. 2018 will be the year when schools and colleges harness the power of clouds and become more effective.