The New Year is almost here, which means Bett is right around the corner. It’s an event we’re excited to be a part of every year. It’s an opportunity for us to see our customers and discover new friends, as well as show off our latest and greatest. We love hearing about educators’ challenges and initiatives as well as sharing what we’ve been working on. At shows past, we’ve been honored with a number of prestigious Bett awards, and we’re thrilled that SMART kapp iQ has been shortlisted for this year’s awards as well.
Since we kick each off January with Bett, it symbolizes the time of year when everyone is abuzz with trends and expectations for 2016. From what classrooms will look like to how educators will teach and students will learn, we’re excited for what’s to come.
So, what will 2016 look like for education? Here are a few education predictions we’re making for 2016:
1. Shall We Play a Game?
When learning is enhanced with rewards, interaction, and feedback – gamification, in other words – we remember 90 percent. It’s a means of empowering students to involve themselves in their own learning.
While the use of games in education isn’t new, the role of gamification is increasing and continues to evolve. Generation Y was borne into a digital world, where gaming is part of their everyday lives. Not only does gamification make learning more fun, but it also helps students learn in a way that feels natural to them.
2. The World is Mobile
A third of kids in the UK own their own tablet, and 90 percent of kids have their own mobile phone. With statistics like this, it’s clear that these are the tech tools kids use most, and there’s tremendous opportunity to facilitate learning through the tools they know and love.
3. The World Is Cloud-y, Too
We expect to see many more cloud-based services that take advantage of the devices that are already in our kids’ hands. This device-agnostic approach is far more pragmatic than an app-based approach that is specific to one or more operating systems. At the same time, these services will help reduce upfront costs associated with more traditional edtech.
4. Collaborate and Co-create with Me
There will be more adoption of the collaborative classroom. Adaptive and connective learning tools allow educators to see into what students know and what they don’t – making it possible for teachers to adapt lesson plans and planned outcomes based on this insight. Adaptive learning tools have been making steady inroads into education as it is.
5. Innovate and Invent with Me
All sorts of information is available on the Internet that kids can access from anywhere. The trick is to help them synthesize that information into something meaningful. The ability to do so, and especially collaboratively, is a highly desired 21st-century skill.
Part and parcel with adaptive learning tools, we expect to see greater emphasis on project-based learning (PBL). It’s already been proven that PBL leads to better learning for kids. Projects help kids problem-solve and understand the interconnectedness of subjects. In turn, they develop skills, strategies and experience with generating solutions.
6. Future Ready Students
The future of education and the future-ready student is about more technology in and around the world. Schools will continue to future-proof their policies and plans as a way to prepare students for their future.
If you’re going to Bett, we’d love to see you in Stand D80. We’ll give you a hand’s on tour of the newest solutions including SMART kapp iQ, which has already garnered attention with a finalist nod for Bett’s Digital Devices award, as well as our latest software features and the newest in SMART interactive flat panels (IFPs).
And for the year ahead, we’ve got plenty in store to share with everyone in the year to come. Stay tuned.
Take a look at our latest IFPs and imagine what you and your students can do.
- Hour of Code: Cracking the Code for 21st Century Skills - December 6, 2016
- Implementing Classroom Technology: Download the Free e-Book - November 15, 2016
- Teachers’ Balancing Act: How to Prepare Students for Life in and out of the Classroom - October 5, 2016
- All Children Can Learn: How Global Collaboration Changes Lives - June 22, 2016
- Don’t Miss These SMART ISTE 2016 Activities - June 14, 2016