Education Predictions for 2016

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. 

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About Kristel Gibson

Kristel Gibson is the social media content manager. She’s been studying and responding to the social trends of the “intertubes” for the last eight years. She lives in Seattle with her family.

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68 thoughts on “Education Predictions for 2016

  1. All of these predictions above fit my thoughts! I love gamification, I try to do it as often as I can (not only with new medias of course). I’m really sure, that these children are our future, so I try to prepare them as good as I can!

  2. If the teachers go on improving themselves, education will be more interesting and enjoyable as the students live in technological life. They are really experts.

  3. Incentives, rewards and collaborative learning is definitely the way to go. We need to teach our children how to apply the knowledge they have and technological devices are a fantastic tool to achieve this goal.

  4. Let’s hope this year is the year when we find the way to reach the 10 % that are not interested in learning something. Perhaps Gamification is the answer? I know I will ask the questions next year !

  5. Most of these predictions are real in a few classrooms today… I wonder if they will be real in all classrooms in 2016!!

  6. As these things come true, it will be important for educator’s to stay on top of these trends and learn how to use them to their advantage.

  7. This is where the educational paradigm is headed, the students have been waiting for us to catch up with them (that Y/ Z Generation is beyond ready). The road blocks of naysayers are also the ones that are still trying to educate in the twentieth century. We need to up the ante and be ready to teach them these skills that are mentioned in the article by Kristel. We need to be able to reach the students and then collaborate with them.

  8. Thanks to SMART solutions almost all the predictions may be realized but unfortunately not by all the teachers and not in all the schools.

  9. Totally agree!! Educational systems have to take hold of these ideas and put them into practice, or else we will be hard pressed to engage future students in their learning.

  10. I’m excited every day about what is going on in our classrooms. As technology becomes cheaper (please!) and more readily available, the walls of the classrooms will flatten and the possibilities are endless. I love the idea of gamification, and I have been exploring it with the professional development I do around my district. The one thing I would love to see more schools do is utilize the tech that is already in the hands of their students. BYOD programs would no doubt help schools reach a 1:1 status much more quickly!

  11. 2016 will be a great year I am sure. There is so much going on that can make learning fun. Thanks for a nice article!

  12. I see #4 and #5 as being the direction education is headed (at least I hope). Collaboration is an extremely important skill in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world. The more I look, the more I see people working together to create something new. Not just new for the sake of being new, but rather creating something new to fix or address a problem; to make the world (or their little corner of it) better and brighter. That’s the world we’re sending our students into, and that’s the path we should be headed down.

  13. Yep, there’s no denying it. Many schools need to realize that we are now well into the 21st century, and the learning needs to be designed to meet our students’ needs to fully prepare them for the future.

  14. Very interesting idea with which all SEEs agree. We continue our way on the path of cooperation and the introduction of new technologies. So these articles give us light ahead

  15. I like the article, I completelly agree with it and I have now time to think about my new year´s predictions as a teacher. With SMART Notebook 15.2 it won´t be any problem to involve more gamification:-)

  16. I agree with most of the points and I wish all off them came true but there are still some obstacles e.g. in point n. 5 project – based learning is great I totally agree and support that. Nevertheless the problem is that most of the school and national curriculums are not yet prepared to incorporate that style of teaching. (I speak for the Czech Republic)

  17. I agree with all this predictions and I’m wonder if the administrators are really encouraged to help teachers and students in this big step!

  18. I think this article is dead on where we are moving to in education. As for predicting this is where we are going in 2016 I would say we will see the trend start leaning this way and the ball will roll faster in 2016 then 2015. As educators we have a long way to go to make all of this a reality in every day classrooms, and we need to. We started way to late in many rooms around the world in these areas. So we need to use 2016 to catch those rooms back up.

  19. schools are constantly trying to catch up on policies, so I completely agree they need to reconsider and begin writing future relevant policies!

  20. I love those predictions – and I think it´s time for teachers all over the world to get future-ready and teach like students in the 21st century deserve it!

  21. I agree on all these points. It’s amazing how much technology changes yearly. I can’t wait to see what the future holds as technology continues to change. Great article!

  22. SMART could play a major and leading role in the development of education. Obstacles can be removed by focussed training-, information-, showcase-sessions to teachers, management, parents, students etc.

  23. The predictions sounds great but in my opinion these are the goals for the next 10 years. At first you have to consider which conditions are useful and necessary to reach those goals.

  24. It´s a great article. It will be important for educator’s to stay on top of these trends and learn how to use them.

  25. Agreed on all and those would be my predictions as well. I mean I am focussing on a few of those predictions to help come out in 2016. Students do bring their own devices in my SMART Collaborate Classroom and are for that mobile. I tend to use more soft skills during my geography lessons and work with students in Google Education environment, using SMART amp and Google Classroom. All this in order to create more future ready students …

  26. Great article. We need our teachers to start shifting their paradigms. We need to start teaching the way our 21 century students learn.

  27. As technology becomes more accessible to more students, the importance of platform-independent and cloud-based software will become more significant.

  28. We see many of these happening in different schools. Many softwares are moving to cloud based so students have access anytime anywhere.

  29. I completely agree with these predictions and also feel they are beneficial to student learning. These are the ways in which the current and I am sure future students learn. With the changing of technology all around them, this is what our students know. I look forward to these upcoming things.

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