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Education Technology Trends for the 2015-2016 School Year

What types of education technology is being tested out in the classroom this school year? What types are becoming less popular? Let’s have a look.

Today’s students live in a world where technology is at its peak. The amount of things you can’t do digitally is slim to nothing at this point, which is why our young generation is conforming to the digital age so quickly.

Because technology continues to become progressively advanced over time, teachers are almost forced to keep up with these changes and developments in order to have relatable and engaging lessons, demonstrations and presentations for their students.

Although the iPad remains the most prevalent modern technology device used in the classroom, there are other ways teachers are educating their students with the help of various educational technology. “In what ways?” you might ask. Here are a list of education technology trends for the 2015-2016 school year according to various sources:

  • Use of Video for Classwork or Homework
  • Google Drive
  • Networking Sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Share My Lesson (Teachers are able to upload and share their lessons for free)
  • 3D Printing
  • Interactive Textbooks

With the development of education technology comes the urge to dispose of the old and obtain the new. Even simple educational technology sources that were once a hit in the classroom are slowly but surely becoming less popular over time.

Remember when PowerPoint was the most proficient way to present a project or lesson? Well, now PowerPoint is being replaced by more innovative web-based alternatives such as Google Docs, Acrobat, SlideRocket, Prezi and Zoho Show. PowerPoint is not the only education technology being substituted for in the classroom. Check out these other forms of education technology that are “trending down” in the classroom:

  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)                                                                              
  • Flash Drives
  • CDs
  • Cable Television
  • Dropbox
  • Hard Drives

Although these education technology devices have not completely vanished from the classroom, more user-friendly and modern sources are quickly taking over.

There are still some teachers out there who believe in old school lessons where their only props are a blackboard and a few pieces of chalk. However, in order to keep today’s students preoccupied for a reasonable amount of time and, more importantly, maintain some sort of engagement throughout a lesson, keeping up with the latest and greatest technology is not necessarily mandatory, but definitely beneficial to the educational success of today’s technological savvy students.

Speaking of the technology in the classroom, check out these 7 Helpful Back-To-School Apps!

Sources:

http://www.teachthought.com/trends/30-trends-education-technology-2015/

http://k6educators.about.com/od/Technology/fl/Technology-Trends-for-2014.htm

http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/02/03/10-Major-Technology-Trends-in-Education.aspx?Page=1

 

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