Change is the only constant – even when it comes to academic. Education is benefitting from trends across sectors and from the integration of technologies so as to make learning a more creative process and to encourage innovation.
The landscape keeps on changing year on year; here are some trends to watch out for.
5 trends in education to watch out
Technology has become pervasive in our lives as well as our classrooms. Using Google for a research project is no longer a luxury but the norm. While the debate on how to use technology is still on, it is no longer avoidable.
Digitalization is becoming a vital aspect of an educational curriculum as it provides a safe opportunity for students to question, discuss and learn uniquely. Parents and schools have limited control over how students partake in social media; hence, educating students on why and how to create a positive digital footprint that they are proud of is essential to any educational curriculum.
Teach students science to make useful connections with the real world. Creating a perspective, which helps students see science in everything, will foster their thinking ability. Be it to think about mathematical proportions when making pancakes to using different measurements for ingredients, time for measuring beats in music or even working on projects in English, social studies and science.
Making education more interactive
A crucial element in learning is that children should not be told that their thinking is wrong; instead, encourage them to think ‘outside of the box’. This technique is in the line of the ‘Socratic way’ of questioning and must be implemented in education as much as possible to encourage critical thinking.
Hands-on activities help make academics more tangible and intuitive for students and become a bridge to abstract thinking. Using interactive games in class, both on and off-line reinforces concepts and gets children out of their seats and moving. Sometimes a YouTube video can provide the right start to learning for the day. Each concept and learning style gives a plethora of opportunities to experiment and make learning interesting.
Encouraging teamwork helps develop interactivity and problem-solving skills in a cooperative way and gives children the opportunity to manifest their solutions confidently.
Parent engagement will become more digitized
In the digital age, parent engagement with the school and their children will become more digitized. Parents will be able to receive communication from their school and individual teachers on the progress made by students and know where to provide assistance.
A maker space provides hands-on, creative ways to boost students to design, experiment, create and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A maker space takes collaborative elements from a science lab, crafts corner, computer lab, and an art room or from anything to everything to build an impact.
Towards the modern approach to learning, maker spaces encourage students to consume and not just create. Maker spaces are cross-disciplinary and truly combine all the skill sets and knowledge students learn in other classes.