Innovations that Engage
April 9, 2018
Michael Campbell, Principal and Founder
Education is the cornerstone of society, and have an impact on our children every day, as well as the future of our civilization. Educators are consistently seeking new and innovative tools and methods to engage students, innovate, and ensure that students reach their best potential.
At Forward Thinking Edu, we have been fortunate to work with some of the most cutting-edge educators, entrepreneurs, and companies supporting education around the globe. Innovation is the air we breathe and the backbone of our methodology, our advisors work with the many school administrators, entrepreneurs and management teams to drive awareness and provide the groundwork for the success of these innovative tools, technologies, and curricula. As our team works and travels with the various organization, trends in innovation have begun to swell in the market. Here are a few educational innovations and trends we're paying attention to this year.
VR and AR Tools in the Classroom
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have been at the forefront of the EdTech industry for a few years, with many brands seeking to find new and inventive ways to provide practical value to educators and learners. 2018 is expected to be a breakthrough year for many VR developers big and small. Most notably, Google’s Cardboard VR tool and Microsoft’s mixed reality headsets have hit the market as affordable VR options for educators. App and hardware developers, such as VEATIVE have been hard at work creating immersive apps that allow students to immerse themselves in Physics, biology, historical sites, and more.
Efficacy of Technology
Schools, School Districts, and Universities have purchased a tremendous amount of technology and hardware for their institutions. In some cases, due to the changing technology scene or the lack of budget to implement professional development that ensures implementation and use in the classroom, they have thousands and some cases millions of dollars just sitting on the shelf or an institution server. The sooner administrators can identify the gaps, the quicker they can improve the learning environment of their organization. Innovative tools such as the FilterED are making it easier for an administrator to identify these areas for improvement as they happen, rather than relying on the end of year audits to uncover them.
More and more educators want their curriculum to move online this year. In the past, this process has been not only expensive but long and tedious for most educators. In addition to planning for classes and their other duties, educators don't have much time to move their classes online. Luckily, innovative EdTech companies are hard at work developing tools to help school districts and educators conquer this goal in 2018.
Artificial Intelligence is Coming
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to have an impact on practically every industry in the coming years, and education might be next. Already, devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are making their way into the classroom to help educators and students ask questions on the spot, but educators are still trying to find new, inventive ways to use them to supplement their curriculum. Some predict that these digital assistants could become futuristic study tools for learners. For instance, while studying for an exam, instead of using traditional flash cards, the digital assistant could ask the student questions, and they could directly respond.
What trends do you expect to see in education tech this year and what educational challenges can you help solve? If you are implementing an innovative solution in your school or are launching a new solution for the education market, contact us and let’s see what we could achieve together.