Education system is
continuously evolving and we see new technologies coming now and then quite
frequently. Here is a collection of such 5 emerging technologies that will impact
the education world in significant ways in near future or have already started
1. Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has become an essential component of collaboration in both schools and workplace. The placement of cloud computing on the near-term horizon underscores the fact that its impact continues to unfold in new and more expanding ways.
For example, the cloud-based Brazilian Electronic Learning Organizer has proved to be an efficient tool in helping language teachers generate and share digital learning objects and useful activities for their students. As a second example, California State University Northridge’s Computer Supported Collaborative Science initiative has also helped science teachers to engage students in research experiences via cloud-based tools.
2. Mobile Learning
The number of mobile users in on a constant rise, and educational apps are gaining high popularity. In fact, the number of downloads is surpassing the entertainment and business apps.
For example, college students are increasingly loading math apps and e-textbooks on tablets to gain access to information, receive instructions, record measurements, and conduct authentic research.
3. Tablet Computing
It is easy for students to carry tablets from one class to another and use them to access textbook and other course material. This ease of use has made schools and universities rethink about the need for computer labs and personal laptops. The student’s selection of applications makes it quite easy to create a personalized learning environment with all the necessary tools and resources they need on a single computing device. This growing number of features has enabled the tablets give traction to other types of educational technologies.
Although the current model of MOOC has deviated considerably from its initial premise, educators across the globe are doing some of the most amazing things with MOOCs. It’s likely that they will gradually strike a balance between automating the assessment processes while providing personalized learning opportunities.
5. Open Content
Though the concept of open content is not new, the topic has gained increased attention in recent years only. The use of open content fosters a skill set that is critical for any area of study; the ability to search, analyze, and put new information to use. This cannot be said for textbooks, which are usually cumbersome, arduous to update, and especially costly for K-12 schools. Hence, more and more educators are using tapping open repositories and familiarizing themselves with the protocol of Creative Commons.