Written by Mo Qureshi, BSD Education
At the end of every year, our Education team dedicates time to research new developments and trends in education and technology, to ensure we create cutting edge, sustainable and up-to-date roadmaps for our future curriculum.
In 2019, the world of technology saw a wave of many new releases and updates, some of which can directly impact and transform Education.
Here’s a list of trends we found that you should also stay updated on:
1. Digital Citizenship:
Although digitalisation has increased student and teacher access to information, there is no guarantee that information online and associated search results are accurate and factually correct. Due to the ubiquity and variety of social media platforms, it has become much easier to disseminate false and inaccurate information. To counter this, we’ve seen schools and education program providers create activities and lessons to teach about digital citizenship, with specifics around fact checking, countering misinformation, having civil dialogues online and general good online behavior.
ISTE Student standards define Digital Citizenship as students having the ability to “recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical”.
For example, a school in France has begun teaching lessons on which information to trust on social media platforms like Twitter. The International Baccalaureate (IB) has also announced a new course called Digital Societies which will teach about fake news, social media algorithms, and privacy.
2. Genius Hour:
Genius Hour – “is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school”.
The last few years have seen a growth in teachers giving their students more control over their learning. Teachers are playing the role of a facilitator of learning or a learning coach, and students select, define and lead their learning. One strategy is to introduce Genius Hour in the school timetable.
3. Teaching Empathy:
In an ever changing world with growing global connections, being empathetic will help students become more understanding, compassionate leaders and solve problems with sustainable, human centric approaches. Lauren Owen states these 3 benefits of empathy in education:
- Empathy builds positive classroom culture.
- Empathy strengthens community.
- Empathy prepares your students to be leaders in their community.
Want to introduce empathy in your classrooms? Read guide by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
4. Managing Screen Time:
After investing in devices for each student or shared devices in a classroom, teachers, parents and schools have been trying to balance how their children use these devices. It is essential to find a happy medium between a child’s offline and online time, as they also need to play outdoors, interact with real people, navigate the world around them as well as use digital devices to learn important digital skills like communication, learning, collaboration and planning. This happy medium can be found by asking if the use of the device is appropriate, meaningful and empowering. Here’s a handy set of strategies by Common Sense Media to help you manage your students’ screen time effectively.
5. Maker Education:
We’ve seen Makerspaces or plans of creating one emerge at almost all the schools we work with. Some schools are creating special spaces for Maker Education, while others are modifying their Libraries, Art Rooms or Science Labs to include a Makerspace.
Maker Education allows students to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills and the opportunity to innovate, create real-world applications for classroom concepts and to learn from failure.
Planning on starting your own Makerspace? Here are 5 things we learned from running our own.