What’s Next for EdTech?

The future of technology is ever changing and new tech is coming out, what seems like, every day. With new advancements in technology, there are also new uses – especially in the classroom. This blog highlights a few exciting and new technologies that will be making their way into classroom in the near future.

Open Classrooms

Open classrooms in and of themselves are not technology, but rather the structure that assists tech implementation. In order to use technology, it often takes place in a collaborative setting. Opening up the floor plan by creating pods of desks, instead of rows, allows the teacher to facilitate the use of technology. The classroom becomes an efficient, collaborative environment where tech exploration thrives.

3D Printing

3D Printers are not a new technology, but the recently have become more affordable, smaller, and quicker. Due to these advancements, classrooms can start adopting the printers as educational tools. The possibilities are endless. Three dimensional models can be printed for further exploration, students can design their own blueprints to then be printed, and they can even learn how to troubleshoot and fix the tech.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality, like 3D printing, has been around for a little while, but we are going to see it popping up in classrooms more in the near future. Bringing augmented reality to the classroom is possible, in part, from app development. Augmented reality used to only have been possible through expensive, clunky workstations. Now, you can create augmented reality in computer programs and view it through the camera of your smartphone.

Competency Based Education

Competency Based Education (CBE) is being practiced in higher education, but may also be used in grades K-12 someday. CBE is the practice of matching the education with an individual’s skill level. If a student posses the knowledge and understand of a course, they should not be made to sit through a class that’s too easy. Using CBE, students would skip over that class and be places a higher level up or be given more challenging work. This is all made possible with the help of the next section.

Digital Data Platforms

Digital data platforms for teachers are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and simple to use. Schools are gathering student specific data from individual test scores, grades, and other metrics in order to monitor student progress. These platforms also hold curriculum materials and tools for teachers.

The world of EdTech is exciting and growing at a rapid rate. We are using technology to change our students lives for the better. Embrace new technology and you’ll be amazed at what it will do for your classroom!

Encouraging Female Coders

In education, we are constantly trying to build our students up and provide them with a promising tomorrow. In that vein, there are many large projects to undertake. Breaking down the wage gap and lifting young women up to pursue careers predominantly held by men falls into this category. Digging a little deeper we can see there is an issue with computer science and woman. The issue is that women are few and far between. In order to make a positive change, we need to start early with our female students. We need to encourage our female students to start coding!

Girls Who Code

This is not a revolutionary idea. Just head over to girlswhocode.com and you’ll see what I mean. Girls Who Code have cornered the problem and are looking to start a revolution. Their website states that, “tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind.” They are starting to do something about it and we, as educators, have a commitment to providing our students with the resources and experiences they need. How can we do this?

Start Clubs

In order to make our female student coders feel safe, provide a space for them. Start a female only coders club to encourage students who may have been intimidated by a stereotypically male dominated club. This will open the door for many students and give them a comfortable place to explore the computer science world.

Gather Other Teachers

Bring other teachers together. Starting a school wide initiative is going to take some man power. Call on other teachers who think similarly and have the drive to make positive change happen. Gathering like minded educators will be a good way to brainstorm club/school activities and can help other teachers bring awareness of coding to students

Spot Dormant Interest

Use your classroom and the knowledge you have of your students to spot, then encourage, interest in computer science and programming. Try to include more computer science activities in your classroom and see which students respond proactively to it. Encourage those students to join clubs, provide them with material, and be the support they need in trying out a new interest! Without us pushing our students to succeed, how else will they be able to reach their full potential. Someday those students will thank you when they have great paying jobs that they love!