What to expect from education technology in 2014

The one guaranteed constant in education technology is change, and that change is definitely accelerating.

Among all trends in education technology expected to make waves into 2014, we’ve found the following from a report in The Journal.

  • Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) into classroom programs. Tablets are less expensive devices and are seen as a better option than traditional laptops. Learning is increasingly becoming mobile and sites are implementing responsive designs to accommodate all forms of technology.
  • Social media as a teaching and learning tool. When combined with meaningful engagement, social media technology can be a powerful tool to reinforce learning and establish effective communication skills.
  • Digital Badges. They serve to validate the importance of after-school programs and other informal learning opportunities.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER). They will soon be widely used in K-12.
  • iPads’ growth. Learning has become increasingly interactive and can happen anytime, anywhere.
  • Learning analytics. They can help instructors identify struggling students; they can boost course and college completion.
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) for blended and online learning continue to gain a stronghold, mainly when it is about creating flipped classrooms. It results in improved student performance.
  • Gamification of education. Effectively designed games can stimulate large gains in productivity and creativity among learners, because they impact positively on problem solving skills, motivation and engagement.