The future of EdTech is bright for students and teacher. Technology continues to get smarter, faster, and better at providing us with tools to expand our minds further than we ever thought possible. Unfortunately, without widespread adoption, funding, and meaningful implementation, it will be an uphill battle. When looking ahead to the classrooms of the future, stop and be a part of the EdTech revolution now. Here are a few technology advancements and plans for meaningful tech interactions.
Advanced Data Software
Educators are collecting more data than ever before. We can gather data from achievements, grades, test, and various other sources to provide students with feedback in real time and uniquely personalized educations. The software teachers use to monitor this data is becoming more sophisticated and easier to navigate the same time. Using data to inform the decisions we make for our students will ultimately provide them with a better education.
3D printing is nothing new, but it is newly affordable. 3D printers used be huge clunky machines that cost a fortune. Now you can just about get them anywhere in any size. Luckily, now that they are budget friendly, 3D printers are starting to make their way into the classroom. Students are printing models they can hold in their hands and inspect. Before this, they had to rely on 2D pictures and a little imagination. 3D printers also are giving our students the opportunity to design models through software and send their creations to be printed right before their eye.
Unrestricted Floor Plans
More classrooms are breaking the traditional model of rigid rows. These type of seating arrangements inhibit collaboration and send a clear message that teacher focused learning is in full effect. Using unrestricted floor plans, we invite students to collaborate with one another. Normally with the help of technology. The new floor plans also flip the emphasis back onto students.
Project Based Learning
Project-based learning is a hyper-personalized way of teaching. The student goes on a journey of discovery fueled by technology and research. PBL encourages exploration, questioning, and deep thinking. It is also an extremely reflective process. In the end, a project is created based on the root question or problem from the beginning. After further revisions, the student presents their findings and project with a community outside of their own classroom. The entire process cultivates growth, tech integration, and personalized learning. It doesn’t get better than that.