Top 4 Educational Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017
Technology changes all the time rapidly and this also holds same to its vast variety of extension of subdivisions. Similarly, education is a changing field and institutions are providing the best technology and resources to the students. The intervention of technology with education makes the learning simple, efficient and effortless. For example, if a student spends a majority of time on social media, then incorporating the social networking in education and other pedagogical activities.
The technology that we have available around us is amazing. It is surprisingly impressive having power to communicate in thousand different ways using a simple device that fits in a pocket. There are several major technology trends in education to look forward in 2017. Well, there is always something new on the horizon, we just need to wait and wonder what technological marvels will rule the EdTech world.
1. Augmented and Virtual Reality
2016 was a big year for the augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. We have seen many significant steps towards these technologies. Thousands of VR apps and games were released one among them is the Pokémon Go; an AR game that gathered over 100 million downloads. The market is ready for AR and VR, and its trends in education too. The VR would be a great educational app. Once, it takes off, schools and education institutions need to be ready for AR and VR classrooms and in practically everything.
2. Smart Devices
2016 has witnessed many smart devices and the rapid growth in the use of a smartphone. Other smart devices such as smart boards, tablet, and computer are used for the effective learning of students in the classroom. The smart devices are known to have made the learning process easy and also developed the use of technology with students. Further, in the coming days, this device to transform the traditional classroom strategies by widening its scope to reach out necessary resources to finish schooling.
3. Cloud-Based Technology
The cloud has become a driving factor for a lot of technology over the past few years and will continue to evolve in 2017. In 2016, the search engine giant, Google has made into the education with Google Classroom and Microsoft with Office 365 for a web-based application for schools. It is also attracting many schools, colleges or a university to provide a robust technological transformation in their classroom.
4. Mobile Applications
The mobile application will continue to make its appearance and dominate in the educational arena during 2017. There are some connected devices with applications installed in it. The education institutions have adopted this trend of mobile application and have provided all the course and study materials in an app. One such app making hights in the EdTech arena is Byju’s – The Learning App. It provides a complete set of courses to support a student to study effectively as a supplement to their school education.
The App provides entire study materials CBSE syllabus for class 6 to class 12. Also provides with a support CBSE sample papers, NCERT solution, RD Sharma solution and RS Aggarwal. Further, this app provides content for competitive exams like IIT-JEE, NEET, CAT, GMAT, IAS and more. For more details on online learning courses visit Byju’s website (www.byjus.com) or call 09243500460 and talk to the academic experts for proper guidance.
Author of this blog post Dr. Vijaykumar Meti, is a Ph.D in Journalism and Mass Communication from Gulbarga University, has years of experiences in Academic Teaching and Online Media. He is currently associated with Think & Learn Pvt. Ltd on a mission to make millions of students fall in love with learning by handling the website content for Byju’s.
Dr. Meti worked as a Lecturer at the Dept of Journalism and Mass Communication in Gulbarga University and Visiting Faculty at Karnataka States Women’s University, Vijayapura. He has published books and numerous research papers, both in India and abroad on Social Media, New Media, PR and Marketing and also Ed-Technology. Visit https://independent.academia.edu/vmeti to know more about Dr. Meti and his works.