Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a number of advances in the realm of technology, as well as new applications to the education world. Many of these advances and applications would likely never have come about had it not been for the unfortunate circumstances. We went from children learning on a typical seven-hour schedule to capitalizing on individual learning styles and strategies. Technology has greatly extended the reach, effectiveness, and productivity of the education system. Take a look at the most current trends and keep reading for an idea of what to expect.
1. Early introduction to technology
Teaching has traditionally taken place at desks with workbooks, textbooks, and pencils despite the world outside education migrating to mainly digital platforms. Following the pandemic, schools were forced online, opening the door for true multimedia teaching. Students begin to be introduced to the technology that will surround them for life at a younger age. While this may not be evident now, this early introduction can have a
profound impact on the future of technological abilities.
2. Collaborative Teaching
Online platforms create an environment that facilitates collaboration between not only students but teachers and educators as well. Sessions can be much more organized and invitational to new ideas. Teachers are able to collaborate with other educators in the school, city, province, country, and even worldwide.
3. Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence makes it easier for students to learn and teachers to teach. Grading can happen instantaneously with artificial intelligence and illuminate where students need work or where teachers need to provide further clarification. AI may soon be able to teach non-abstract theories like mathematics to students as well.
Gamifying education is a way students can learn without even realizing they’re learning. Video games are very popular amongst students of all ages and provide an alternative to tradition. Video games are naturally engaging and can be used as a tool to practice in- class learning concepts outside the classroom.
What to Expect
Even once schools open back up, what can we expect to continue and make further progress?
1. Social media
Using social media sites to communicate with the school community is not new, but with social media providing fast up to date information, it has been a lifesaver for a number of educators. While social media is great for communicating from one mass to another, it is also a great way for teachers to communicate with their classes and classes to communicate with each other. It is fairly evident that social media is not about to disappear, so embracing its presence is the best thing to do.
2. VR and AR learning
During the year 2020, huge developments in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have surfaced. These have the potential to be incredibly hands-on learning tools providing a safe environment for students to safely experience and visualize what they are learning hands-on. Imagine learning the history of Canada and being taken back in time just by putting a VR headset on. Or, for science, using AR to see just what the
human bones look like without needing a skeleton.
3. Personalized education
For so long, educators have known that their class contains a number of students with different learning styles, the problem with in-class models, is that teachers cannot simultaneously tailor their lessons to each individual learning style. With online and personalized learning environments, each student is able to excel and reach their maximum potential. This is particularly common in one on one online sessions like those
offered by TUEX.
TUEX offers students a chance to take online classes and engage in one on one tutoring sessions with educators passionate about learning. Students are matched with a tutor who can match their learning style and level of education. Following tutoring sessions, your child will develop a new passion for learning! Check out our app for a full list of the services we offer!