Education innovation isn’t just about shiny new devices; it’s about how these new tools are used to enhance the learning experience and new methods for engaging learners in general. Here’s a look ahead at top trends and predictions for classroom instruction for the coming year from industry analysts.
- Adoption of the flipped classroom, where the traditional lecture is accessed at home through videos or podcasts, and the students spend their class time working with teachers and peers on projects, discussions, and collaborative learning. Teachers become guides and facilitators rather than lecturers.
- Increased frequency of project-based and enquiry-based lessons due to the flipped classroom.
- Amplified recognition of the power of play in learning–not just in educational gaming but in the rise of the Maker Movement, which encourages hands-on learning (building, creating, experimenting), especially in STEM.
- Refocused teacher and student relationship where they become collaborators working on individual learning goals, discussing the progress, and thinking through solutions together.
- Proliferation of individualized assessment and learning for students where assessments are more about skills learned rather than facts memorized. Personalized learning focuses on helping students discover their interests and developing strategies suited to their future plans.
- Movement towards blended learning that allows for targeted Response to Intervention for all students.
- Greater number of teachers engaging students through social media and encouraging its use to help them stay connected with their peers for project-based and collaborative learning.
- Accelerated implementation of Common Core Standards.
- Renewed emphasis on critical thinking skills using research on how the brain works, how to train it, and how to integrate new learning strategies into the classroom.
- Rise of personalized and customized professional development for teachers to help them meet the needs of the new school environment.
All members of the education community are working together to make sure that every student receives a first-class education and is prepared for life beyond high school. The Innovation Awards, part of the AEP Awards program, recognize products that are pioneering changes in the education landscape. Categories include Pedagogy/Methodology and Student Response/Assessment/Data Management.
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