The prospects of application of technology in education have never looked better than now. The great advances being made in educational technology are opening new doors of opportunity in the classroom. Across the world, six emerging technologies are taking the classroom by storm. Most of these technologies have come to the fore in the wake of the school closures occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Cloud computing educational technology
This web-based tool is enabling further student-educator collaboration. One of the advantages of cloud computing is that it saves schools time, money and resources. Virtual learning Environments are one example of cloud computing. A good example of Google Classroom. Many school across the United States are already using Google Apps for email and document collaboration. Still, cloud-based platforms allow teachers to remotely share learning materials with learners.
2. Mobile phones
When it comes to educational technology, mobile phones have a great potential. Compared to other devices, mobile phones are less expensive. For instance, buying a low-end smartphone only requires a fraction of what you would pay to get a laptop. Also, Mobile phones need less infrastructure in terms of networks. Back in 2012, students were already using iPhones to gather and track GPS-tagged bird sightings for a WildLab program. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been forced to follow online lessons on mobile phones.
Gaming is a great way for learners to unlock the mysteries behind some of the subjects they learn in school. For example, game-based learning scenarios allow for experimentation, the exploration of identities, and even failure in a safe environment. Learners can try various scenarios without worrying about damaging real-life resources. The games feature in the classroom through web-based game show format in their language arts program. Also, others are using it to learn science and mathematics.
4. Open content
Wikipedia was the first to provide content for free on its online encyclopedia. This concept has now been expanded upon in different areas of education. Today, several textbooks created for schools and universities work on the open content concept. As such, learners can log in to various platforms and access educational content free of charge. The good thing with this kind of educational technology is that it is accessible to learners across the world.
5. Learning Analytics
Today, analytics is central in all areas of life including education. That’s why technology companies have developed learning-based analytics. Learning Analytics utilizes data mining, interpretation, and modeling to improve our understanding of teaching and learning. That is important for teachers who want to know how they can improve content delivery in their classrooms. Examples of such technology include the new API TinCan (Experience) API which gathers meaningful, real-time learning analytics that is device agnostic. It can help a teacher to follow up on their learners both online and offline.
6. Personal Learning Environments
A personal learning environment (PLE) a technology that combines people, services, and tools to provide individualized resources to learners. In its design, the individual is at the center stage. For University students, it may include the lecturers, lecture notes, and classroom assignments. Since it is individualized, it is different from one learner to another. The use of PLEs makes it possible to enhance the individual’s learning ability.
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