Among all trends in education technology expected to make waves into 2014, we’ve found the following from a report in The Journal.
- Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) into classroom programs. Tablets are less expensive devices and are seen as a better option than traditional laptops. Learning is increasingly becoming mobile and sites are implementing responsive designs to accommodate all forms of technology.
- Social media as a teaching and learning tool. When combined with meaningful engagement, social media technology can be a powerful tool to reinforce learning and establish effective communication skills.
- Digital Badges. They serve to validate the importance of after-school programs and other informal learning opportunities.
- Open Educational Resources (OER). They will soon be widely used in K-12.
- iPads’ growth. Learning has become increasingly interactive and can happen anytime, anywhere.
- Learning analytics. They can help instructors identify struggling students; they can boost course and college completion.
- Learning Management Systems (LMS) for blended and online learning continue to gain a stronghold, mainly when it is about creating flipped classrooms. It results in improved student performance.
- Gamification of education. Effectively designed games can stimulate large gains in productivity and creativity among learners, because they impact positively on problem solving skills, motivation and engagement.