1) Education is becoming increasingly mobile
With devices like iPads and cell phones becoming commonplace in classrooms and among families, students are able to take their curriculum and assignments everywhere they go. Traditional lectures and homework assignments are undergoing a shift to acclimate to these new developments. The “flipped classroom” model is becoming more and more common. In a nutshell, a flipped classroom has kids completing assignments in the classroom, where they can collaborate with their teachers and peers, while the “learning” elements are presented through slideshows, videos and other digital mediums for students to take home and learn at their own pace. While the flipped classroom model is only employed by a few schools and organizations, this trend of mobile-learning is catching on everywhere. Students have already become reliant on their mobile devices, and curriculums are being updated to accommodate this.
2) Learning is getting more personalized
Along with increased mobility, digital curriculums are able to provide more personalized learning experiences. Programs can keep track of every student’s strengths, weaknesses and preferred learning methods. This allows students to learn and practice at their own pace. It also gives educators incredibly valuable insights into their students. Using the data collected, teachers can integrate multiple methodologies and lesson plans in order to communicate with a diverse student body.
3) Students can travel, virtually, anywhere
Virtual field trips are already available to a number of school districts. There are a number of organizations and websites that are dedicated to providing students with immersive and educational experiences. Travel to the Pyramids, visit the White House, or cruise down the Nile. In addition to these resources, it’s becoming increasingly easy and common for local organizations to connect with schools to provide an interactive virtual experience, cutting down on costs and logistical deterrents. Zoos, hospitals, and museums are just a few places that are working to make sure kids can learn from them, even if they can’t make it through the doors.
4) Technology connects teachers and parents
In the past, communication between parents and teachers was difficult, and often reserved solely for parent-teacher conference days. Both sides experienced frustration when it came to trying to get ahold of one another. Now online portals, instant messaging apps, and other user-friendly and unobtrusive methods are being employed so that parents are aware of what’s happening at school, and are able to communicate family matters more efficiently with teachers, connecting the classroom and home in new ways.
Technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the globe and the impacts are significant. The schools that recognize the potential that new developments provide are going to be at the forefront of education. If you’re interested in how Kidio’s cutting edge technology and easy to use apps can help keep your students safe and your staff up to date, contact us to schedule a demo today.