There have been a host of developments and trends in the education sector. Peruse five key trends that played an integral role in the development of students:
There are technology tools like 'Kahoot!' that have introduced gamification elements which makes learning much more interactive and fun. For example, instead of assessing the understanding of the concepts taught in the classroom via pen and paper, teachers can design online quizzes on Kahoot! which students can fill in the classroom itself. For every right answer, the students are awarded with animated rewards that range anywhere between smileys to emoticons. It is common knowledge how much children today love to play video games, be it on the PlayStation or Xbox. When gaming is introduced in education, it gives way to interactive learning and reduces a child’s stress considerably. Gamification is definitely here to stay and is one of the exciting trends to watch out for in the coming year as well.
With recent happenings in the past year alone, there has been an added focus on safety and security. A set of mandatory requirements in educational institutions have emerged ranging from active security measures to GPS tracking for school buses, RFID Cards, and more. In addition to this, there are added regulations that are undertaken by the government and police to ensure that students remain safe and secure in schools campuses. There are increased safety and security measures that have been adopted by schools across India, in light of what has happened.
While digital literacy is not new, it has caught on because of the blue whale challenge. The blue whale challenge has resulted in many suicides and injuries, highlighting why there is an alarming need to include a digital curriculum in schools. There exists a clear difference between the good and the bad on the internet, and students must be taught that distinction. The main takeaway is that everybody who utilises digital media leaves a digital footprint behind. It can also hamper a student’s career prospects, as employers hunt for any negative footprints while conducting background checks.
Collaboration is another trend that has been riding the digital wave and gaining traction. There are many tools that will help teachers and as well as schools, to collaborate with each other. Especially a tool like Google classroom makes it very easy for teachers to connect with their students post assignments. Thanks to social media, collaboration has become easier and schools can connect with other schools over different geographies for multiple purposes.
Virtual reality for school education has just started taking shape with multiple possibilities on the horizon. For example to view a dinosaur exhibit in New York, one does not need to travel all the way to NYC. With virtual reality and low-cost Google Classrooms, one can acquire the experience of being in a place that they would normally not be able to visit. In this scenario where the teacher takes on the role of a guide and the student takes on the role of an explorer, the guide takes the explorer through a multifaceted engagement activity. For schools with low budgets, implementing solutions like this will allow students to experience things outside of what would otherwise not be possible. It can help bridge the gap between the elite and regular schools and provide every student with equal opportunities.