Students may be just headed back to school, but analysts are already dissecting trends and discussing improvements that could impact education next year. Two recent articles from Education Dive and TIME look at the future of education, what’s shaping the current classroom, and how to help students make the most out of their school years.
Education Dive examined how innovation in higher ed and prek-12 doesn’t mean a complete change in schools now, but the current trends provide insight into where the landscape is headed. Trends include:
- BYOD, BYOA, and the growing importance of campus device management, both in terms of data security and just having enough bandwidth for all devices to work.
- Push for innovative school models continuing in K-12, not necessarily just charter schools models but new ways for traditional schools to operate
- Testing moving online as opt-out movements gain steam
- Increased demand in tech field driving STEM focus, but also a resulting concern that other subjects could fall away
Read “These 10 trends are shaping the future of education,” by Roger Riddell, Education Dive (August 27, 2015)
For TIME, Alexandra Sifferlin focused on education reforms in K-12 aimed at creating students healthier and happier emotionally and academically. Highlights include:
- Ditch traditional homework in elementary school
- Make recess mandatory and give kids time to move around and recharge their minds
- Screen kids for mental illness and give them support as needed
- Prioritize diversity, which can lead to higher achievement and better preparation for the work world
- Let students customize their curriculum
- Start classes after 8:30 am for middle and high school
Read “How to make schools better for kids,” by Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME (August 27, 2015)