Covid-19 has not only changed education as we know it, but it has forced education technology (EdTech) to up its game. EdTech has been crucial since the start of this worldwide pandemic. Schools have used Google Classroom and other tools to teach their students and send them work. Parents and caregivers have used it throughout this time to help during homeschooling, and with new cases of Covid-19 ramping up, it seems EdTech is going nowhere soon.
Although there has been immense growth in this area in 2020, as EdTech companies competed for clients, there is still a lot more growth to come. Let’s have a good look at the four emerging EdTech trends in 2021.
By Jane Gallagher
Online learning has increasingly become a viable option for schools and districts to provide their students with improved access to a greater number of the courses they need. Teachers are becoming more adept at incorporating online resources into their daily instruction, and the oldest K-12 online programs are now more than twenty years old. Hundreds of thousands of students are using online instruction either full-time, or to supplement their local school’s offerings. Today, students have many choices to utilize the power of online education to make learning personal and meaningful to them.
By PARKER MCDONOUGH.
Distance learning can impede hands-on learning experiences, but AR has potential to increase virtual student engagement
By Shreiya Aggarwal-Gupta
All the parents in the world have one goal in common: to help their children be the best at whatever they do. (Those who say they don’t will still read this article.)
The obvious place to test that out – at least on an intellectual level – is school. “Does my kid understand stuff better than others and show the propensity to retain and use information?” is a common question that comes to a parent’s mind, even if they don’t pressurize children to do well, by any stretch of imagination.
In my experience as an early education and STEM blogger, there is no guaranteed way to do this. But yes, there is a definite path you can handhold young kids along – it’s easier the earlier you start – and there are tons of science-backed activities you can try out to make your child that bit smarter than they’d otherwise turn out to be.
A long-time Google Expeditions partner, stepped up to fill the gap created by Google’s decision to sunset the popular app, introducing VR EXPEDITIONS 2.0
San Francisco, Nov. 20, 2020, - RobotLAB Inc., the leading educational robotics company, announced today the general availability of VR Expeditions 2.0 for classroom teachers. The company created the virtual field trip app and content management system in partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica, following Google’s decision to sunset the Expeditions App as publicly shared on Nov. 12, 2020.
By Amy Nichols
This period of remote teaching is a good time to start using project-based learning, which encourages authentic work and creativity.
By Daniel Farkas
Sometimes, educational experiences are found in the least likely of places--especially during remote learning.
By Jonathan Brown
Technology is advancing from day to day, changing our lives in the nick of time. There is no denying that the appearance of the internet and various devices changed the way we learn forever. Let’s look at the most significant EdTech trends that will transform education in 2021.
By Devin Partida
STEM is one of the most versatile fields out there. It incorporates countless skills like data analysis and technical knowledge that professionals can then apply to a variety of industries. Remaining in STEM is not the only option available. Taking that expertise and using it elsewhere opens up opportunities in every industry imaginable.
The professional world is automating at an unprecedented rate. By 2030, 20-40% of young workers' jobs could be automated, putting renewed stress on future-proof skills. While STEM offers security, it's not immune to the automation wave, either.
Many STEM skills and processes are standardized, data-centric and logical, making them ideal for automation. Simultaneously, with tech playing a more substantial role in everyday life, STEM workers are more crucial than ever. In the face of these changing needs, educators and learners alike need to rethink essential STEM skills.
In an automated workforce, the most valuable skills are typically those that are uniquely human. That often involves a focus on soft skills instead of the hard techniques frequently associated with STEM. With that in mind, here are five of the most valuable STEM skills for an automated world.
By Devin Partida