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4 mindboggling predictions about education technology
With another school year fast approaching, we decided to take a look at the future of education technology. From where we stand, it's a future that looks bright, but still requires a lot of work in the years ahead. Here are our four boldest predictions for the future of education.
1. Adaptive learning will be the norm, not the exception
Adaptive learning programs monitor student progress in real time and adapt their lessons based on how they do throughout the school year. Think of it as a FitBit, but for education.
Dr. Joshua Kim, the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, says about adaptive learning, "Looking back on the edtech landscape in 2025 we will remember the last 12 years as a story dominated by the growth of adaptive learning and the associated analytics that these platforms make possible."
2. Gaming will finally be embraced in the classroom
Video games are more popular than ever before, but they still suffer from the stigma that they are an entertaining distraction, rather than a tool for learning. Advocates claim video games make students an active player in their learning experience, rather than a passive participant.
Even more, companies like Epistemic Games now place students in simulations that solve real-world problems, playing the roles like city planner, journalist or engineer. This kind of gaming allows teachers to bring the real-world into the classroom and show students how what they learn in their textbooks can be applied in their lives.
As more advanced games are developed with innovative applications educators will increasingly buy into the gamification of education.
3. Everything in education will run on the cloud
While it seems startups like Dropbox has been around forever, schools and universities have yet to shift their educational assets to the cloud. Imagine teachers being able to assign and grade all student homework and tests online, or students having instant access to their entire curriculum from their tablet, learning at their own speed. As Matthew Kitland, head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School and the director of education consultancy Realise Learning, says, "With the cloud, the world will be our classroom."
4. Virtual reality will make the impossible possible
Whether examining the ruins of lost cities, or investigating a murder scene using advanced DNA analysis, virtual reality will give students visceral experiences they never would have had access to without it.
Jason Reha, a behavior expert and Director of Product at Quixey, predicts that "by giving young people access to a range of life experiences through the power of VR, it’s possible that we’ll be able to give the youngest in our society a bit of perspective and grounded wisdom starting at a very early age." At Labster, we strive to give students the most immersive experiences possible, which is why we are at the forefront of virtual reality technology developing Gear VR lab simulations.
If you add all of these predictions up, you can see why we're excited for what is coming for students and teachers alike. By continuing to integrate technology into the classroom, there's no doubt that the coming generation of students will be the best and brightest we've ever seen.