Jodi Murphy recently wrote an article on the hottest trends relating to technology in the classroom. The list of hottest trends was compiled by Google for Education. According to their research, parents and educators across the globe have made the following eight topics a top priority:

  • Digital Responsibility
    • Over 39% of young people in the U.S. have a social media account by age 12.
    • The amount of time children age 8 and under spend on mobile devices daily has tripled.
    • Teaching online/technology safety today is imperative.
  • Life Skills & Workforce Preparation
    • Practical subjects (social and vocational skills) need to be incorporated into the school curriculum.
    • 75% of parents want to see budgeting taught in schools.
    • 71% would like to see CPR as part of the school curriculum.
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) may reduce discipline problems, improve academic success, and help prepare students for life after high school.
  • Computational Thinking
    • Students need to develop problem solving and digital skills so they’ll be successful in the workforce.
    • 92% of future jobs will require digital skills.
    • Digital skills (problem solving, coding and an understanding of STEM subjects) are now considered a necessity.
  • Student-led Learning
    • Giving students ownership of their own curriculum and allowing them to determine what they want to study and how is gaining in popularity.
    • 65% of educators in the US said student-led learning is extremely valuable in helping students become successful and independent adults.
  • Collaborative Classrooms
    • Many schools today are looking at classroom design and the layout of their classrooms as a way to foster creativity, collaboration and flexibility.
    • Everything from room color to lighting to acoustics to how a classroom is organized affects learning.
  • Connecting Guardians & Schools
    • Often times today both parents work full time jobs making it challenging at times for parents to know what is happening in school.
    • A 2018 survey showed that teachers stated 30% of their students were reading below grade level while only 9% of parents thought their child fell into this category.
    • The study also revealed that two-thirds of parents weren’t aware of their child’s reading level.
    • Teachers and parents need to be on the same page.
  • Innovating Pedagogy
    • It’s estimated that teachers spend an average of three hours a day on tasks such as lesson planning and grading tests while only five hours a day is spent actually teaching.
    • Technology is is being used to streamline the day-to-day administration so teachers can focus on teaching.
    • Schools are focusing on professional development and positive motivators to help teachers.
  • Emerging Technologies
    • Children are responding positively to emerging technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality).
    • Technology in the classroom results in a more innovative and engaging teaching experience while also providing valuable skills for when students join the workforce.
    • 69% of teachers believe that technology can be used to support any subject.
    • 82% think that using technology in the classroom better prepares students for future careers.
    • By 2021, more than 15% of schools in the U.S. are predicted to have a VR class kit.

“It means that the world is changing and education must change with it. Technology in the classroom, technology as a means of communicating with parents, and for use in streamlining day-to-day tasks are imperative to success for both educators and students. – Jodi Murphy, Senior Marketing Manager at MDR

To read Murphy’s article in full, click here.