Education is the tool that ensures that values are passed to the younger generation in an organized method hence the educational sector of every society cannot be overlooked.
The educational sector in recent years has also undergone a revolution alongside other sectors.
Now, education is only confined to learning happening in confined places. Education is borderless as one can learn from anywhere.
The current trend in education was brought about by the application of technology in the learning process, aptly called Edtech.
Edtech solutions have been instrumental in making the learning process effective, seamless, and accessible through the introduction of online classes, school management systems, among others.
The emerging edtech solutions are now designed to increase the creative thinking abilities of students towards problem-solving by integrating lessons into real-life scenarios.
Some popular edtech current trends include:
This is one of the biggest trends, in Nigeria, there are various e-learning platforms. The different types of e-learning platforms make it easy for everyone to be accommodated in the learning process.
The STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Introduced for all students from kindergarten to grade twelve classes.
STEAM Education integrates art to enable improvement in the creative thinking abilities of students, encourages collaboration among the students, and helps them develop problem-solving abilities as they explore their curiosity under a controlled environment.
This is a current trend of edtech that combines engineering, science, technology, and art to develop robots.
This helps students apply the knowledge of the above-mentioned subjects into use, programming and developing these robots helps the students fine-tune their knowledge and critical thinking abilities.
This is game-based learning which actively engages the students. It is a very innovative application of technology for the learning process.
As it uses incentives to drive the learning process, though it’s not an entirely new process in the educational sector. Technology has enhanced its application.
Future Trends of Edtech
Some of the future trends have been introduced or talked about, but they are to be widely accepted or implemented in the learning process.
Edtech uses Extended Reality which encompasses Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to conduct immersive learning as the students are not just passive participants here, they are actively engaged using the VR/AR.
AI-enabled learning is another future trend in Edtech, it features the use of voice assistants and interactive learning as students get answers within a short time from a system.
Digital learning, personalization, and the use of chatbots are examples of the application of AI in education.
These are some future trends, however, it is a known fact that change is constant, hence, the edtech revolution will continue happening in the sector.
However, care must be taken to ensure that as we become more tech-dependent in education that we take and inculcate the best practices to our students. Guiding to avoid falling to the dark part of technology.
Also as a country, to support edtech revolutions we willing to support and fund edtech companies, increase the awareness of edtech and encourage adoption in the curriculum and educational system.
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