Edtech is growing at an exponential rate. Improvements in technology and accessibility and the COVID-19 pandemic have combined to bring edtech to the forefront.
The edtech market was valued at $89 billion in 2020. It’s expected to reach $106 billion by the end of 2021. From 2021 to 2028, the growth rate is expected to be 20%.
Sam Cover is a renowned chef, but in recent years he’s been monitoring the trends in edtech. He’s here with the top 7 edtech trends you can expect to see in 2022.
1. Learning Analytics
Until recently, education took a one-size-fits-most approach. Material was reviewed until it was understood by everyone, or nearly everyone, in the class. Some students would lose time because they pick up on the concept quickly, while others risked being left behind because they struggled with the material.
Tests and quizzes were the main methods of seeing how much students had learned. It was difficult for teachers to determine which teaching methods were the most effective, and exactly what students had learned.
Learning analytics provide real-time data on what students have learned. It makes it easier for teachers to know where students are. Learning analytics can also tailor learning to the individual child, which makes teaching more effective.
2. Virtual Parent Events
According to Cover, online interaction has become commonplace with the pandemic. In addition to virtual learning, virtual parent events are expected to grow in popularity.
This includes virtual parent/teacher conferences and social events for parents. Parents can interact with each other and have a “night out” without ever leaving home.
3. AI Automation
AI automation is expected to be used more and for different applications in 2022. The goal is to streamline the teaching experience and facilitate greater learning. Automation can take over many tedious tasks that take up a significant amount of teacher’s time.
AI can now grade multiple choice and fill in the blank tests. Programs to grade essays are still in their early stages, but they are expected to become more feasible in 2022 and the coming years.
Gamification allows children to learn while having fun. Sam Cover explains that it combines elements of games or fun activities with real learning. Gamification is important because it provides a more interactive and engaging experience.
The more children are engaged, the more they learn. The elements of gaming actually improve learning, instead of detracting from it. They can also inspire a love of learning.
It does away with the notion that learning should be a stuffy, dull affair. Instead, it gets kids involved and wanting to learn.
5. Growth of eLearning Platforms
Sam Cover believes that eLearning will continue to grow and improve. eLearning programs have been around for years, but they’ve grown vastly in popularity since 2020.
Many provide aspects of gamification, allowing children to stay engaged with the program. They also use learning analytics to keep the child on the right path.
Elearning also provides greater parental interaction. If children are learning from home, the parent can take an active role in making sure the program is used properly each day. If the program is used at school, students can also access the program at home. Parents can see what their children are learning in real-time. They also have access to analytics, so they can quickly see where their child needs extra help.
6. One on One Interaction
Critics of edtech worry that it will replace human interaction. If a child can work through a learning program, does it make teachers obsolete? Thankfully, the answer is no.
Many eLearning programs provide access to teachers or tutors, in addition to video lectures or interactive lessons. Some platforms, like Whitehat Jr., provide one on one teaching.
The platform teaches coding to students from elementary through high school. Whitehat Jr. pairs each student with a teacher who teaches them through video chat and interactive lessons.
7. Combining Methods
Cover notes that another trend that began in 2020 and is expected to grow in 2022, is combining teaching methods. Teachers can easily bring eLearning into the classroom.
Kaltura Virtual Classroom allows teachers to customize online learning for students with a wide variety of resources, including interactive lessons, videos, and lectures.
BlackBoard Collaborate is designed to be used by teachers in or out of a traditional classroom. It allows teachers to create whiteboards, screen share, chat, and create quizzes and polls.