Technology Education Trends That Took Over 2019

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At the end of every year,  our Education team dedicates time to research new developments and technology education trends to ensure we create cutting-edge, sustainable, and up-to-date roadmaps for our future curriculum.

In 2019, the world of technology saw 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:

Digitalization has increased student and teacher access to information, yet, there is no guarantee that information online and associated search results are accurate and factually correct. With the ubiquity and variety of social media platforms, it has become 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 instance, a school in France has begun teaching lessons on 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 passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Additionally, it provides students a choice in what they learn during a set time during school”.

The last few years have seen a growth in teachers giving their students more control over their learning. Teachers play a facilitator of knowledge 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 three benefits of empathy in education

  • Builds positive classroom culture. 
  • Strengthens community. 
  • 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 instruments 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. Children still need to play outdoors, interact with real people, and navigate the world around them. However, using technology is also key to learn digital skills like communication, learning collaboration, and planning. Teachers can find this happy medium 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. There are some schools creating unique spaces for Maker Education, while others modify 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 learn from failure.

Are you planning on starting your Makerspace? Here are five things we learned from running our own.

What exciting trends in education and technology did you come across this year? I’d love to hear from you! Please share it with me at mq@bsd.education or tweet to me at @msaifq

about Mo
Mo is the Head of Learning Experience. He is an aeronautical engineer who found his calling in education and lifelong learning.
He helps to integrate technology programs of learning through professional development training, coaching, and classroom visits. He also manages our Customer Support, QA, and Performance team in the Philippines.

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