2016’s Edtech Trends are Heating UP in 2017!


While 2016 may have seen the rise of AR/VR, AI, video, and blended classrooms, 2017 is pushing these ideas to new heights and offering, even more, to be excited about in education. 2016’s Edtech Trends are Heating UP in 2017!

  1. There is no doubt that augmented reality and virtual reality made huge waves in 2016.  But it doesn’t just end there as more and more schools are seeing the value of these immersive learning experiences and implementing them in classrooms.  We will see the rise of the accessible and simple models such as Nearpod and Google Cardboard as they employ students’ smartphones. We will see a real boom for AR and VR as the models work out their kinks and the educational content written for these platforms continues to improve to better suit today’s ever-curious and tech-savvy student. We can expect more from play with our environments as mapping and geo-tagging engages students actively in their surroundings. Pokémon Go may have plateaued but only time will tell whether it remains enormously popular in 2017. 
  2. Pii and artificial intelligence will personalize the learning experience.  As more personal data is gathered every day from devices and institutions, we have the opportunity to get smarter and more effective in connecting with students.  Expect educational exercises tailored to your kids’ interests based on what their technological profiles reveal; similarly, expect great debates over what it means for kids’ preferences to be more accessible through online outlets like social media. Further, Mattel’s Aristotle, an “Alexa for kids,” is specifically designed for kids to interact with and to program, making it a directly personal, technology-driven influence on the child’s play (and therefore, learning) experience.  
  3. Video is just getting started.  Everything from lecture capture to streaming and sharing on social media became so mainstream in 2016, and it’s only getting more present in 2017 as the demand and supply for visual learning increases.  Students today have been raised around screens, and so they don’t just want to be instructed verbally or through text any longer.  Video fulfills this modern desire to be shown their answers at any given time and place.    
  4. The redefinition of the classroom will be a big trend in 2017.  Flipped and blended classrooms were hot topics of discussion in 2016, as educators began restructuring students’ in-class time and challenging their expectations for lecture and practical learning.  Expect a continuation of this type of play with the definitions of classroom, in-class time, and homework in 2017 as comprehensive platforms (such as Nearpod and Classflow) become stronger tools for connecting teachers to their students both in the classroom and outside.  


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