Educative Trends in 2020.

Innovations in English language teaching (ELT) have had the biggest impact on teaching  and we are aware in EDUCAOPI 3.0 and building new Smart Schools.

The edtech sector is showing no signs of slowing down, but what can we expect to see over the next months.  Microsoft recently made an education-focused version of its hugely popular block-building game Minecraft available to classrooms around the world, while initiatives such as BBC Micro:bit have enjoyed great success within the school ecosystem.

When we discuss innovation, we often immediately think of the internet and what we can now do online. Facebook and  Edmodo, which creates a safe online environment for teachers, students and parents to connect, are popular with teachers. Cloud-based tools like Google Docs have also become indispensable.

Smart schools 3.0 connected with your city- town: communicating online.

                                                     CONNECT STUDENTS WITH SMART CITIES

 The ability to communicate online with people outside the classroom via Skype and similar tools has enabled students to meet and interact with others in English. In monolingual classes (i.e., most English classrooms around the world), this could give much-needed motivation to students who otherwise might not have the opportunity to interact with anyone in English language or mother tongue.

Mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own device).                                                                       Mobile learning in class

The development of mobile technology and the proliferation of smart phones have enabled many of us to access the internet and a huge variety of apps so schools can´t be appart of this.

And if teachers and students are gaining so much from their mobile devices, why ban them from classrooms? Teachers are also able to build on their teaching knowledge and skills by listening to podcasts like The TEFL Commute or join 50,000 teachers from more than 200 countries.

For teacher Ceri Jones, tools like WhatsApp help build channels of communication beyond the classroom. She says: I often don’t have the hardware or the connectivity in teen classes to use internet, so students using their own devices is great.

STEM teaching.

“For the coming years there will be a growth in the investment in STEM teaching. Given the macro environment that we find ourselves in, a rapidly changing world, the advancement of expectations around Brexit, there are certain industries that our education system needs to really support in terms of home grown talent.

We make focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, education and maths) will be key in a world where a growing skills gap is threatening a range of industries.

Neuroscience: Emotion, Inspiration & Learning

Social Emotional Learning can be one of the answers. Integrating the cognitive educational curriculum with self awareness, self management and self direction would transform next academic journey into a very deep experience, where both kids and educators would enrich each other.

Teachers well know that to enhance learning of their students, they have to provide engagement, curiosity, motivation. They have to be, a presence, a role model, feed them with some inspiration.

Insights drawn from neuroscience not only provide educators with a scientific basis for understanding some of the best practices in teaching, but also offer a new lens through which to look at the problems teachers grapple with every day. By gaining insights into how the brain works—and how students actually learn—teachers will be able to create their own solutions to the classroom challenges they face and improve their practice.

Dealing with data. This is one of the main aim for Smart schools 3.o.                                                                             Learning data in schools.

Schools and colleges continue to collect more data on their students through the likes of beacon technology, 2017 will be the year when more attention is paid to how this data is being used.

Most schools are silos of data because they feel they need to be, not because they know why they need to be. The systems that come along and are able to make sense of it, not just record it, gets you to the sweet spot where, in real time, you as a learner understand what is happening.

Virtual reality

In terms of specific technologies, 2017 could be the year when virtual reality (VR) starts to seriously make an impact in education. “There’s definitely a place for VR in classrooms and enhancing education in this way is just the tip of the iceberg.

The main question educators have to answer is how exactly VR will fit into the classroom environment, especially seeing as it is still a relatively unfamiliar technology to many teachers and students.

 

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