The Top 10 EdTech Trends In 2021

Written by John Hollingworth | 12th February 2021admin

At a Glance

COVID-19 has transformed the education sector and forced millions of students to adopt online learning methods. Despite the pandemic’s impact on the world, the EdTech industry has grown significantly.

Here are some of the EdTech trends that are fast emerging in 2021:

  1. 24/7 Education

A big issue during COVID-19 is that not everyone has access to education. The UN estimates that there are more than 263 million kids globally who are not getting a full-time education. So many platforms are now emerging, enabling students to access textbooks online and a large variety of educational apps at any time.

  1. Hybrid Learning

Given that the pandemic has been on and off, hybrid learning has been extremely popular. Combining the use of online digital platforms such as Teams and Google Classroom with lessons in-school. This has provided more freedom to students and enabled children with different learning methods to have a choice.

 

  1. Gamification

Long lectures of teachers talking in-front of the whiteboard can be tiring. Gamification combines online tests/videos with a game like method so students can feel like they are not answering a test but learning whilst playing a game.

 

  1. Data-Driven Learning

The education sector has used traditional methods such as registers and spreadsheets for decades. Technology, including big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence is now available to create a more personalized learning experience online.

 

  1. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) allows us to automate so many tasks. From grading student papers to providing an AI assistant to help students whilst teachers are busy, this is becoming a popular tool and will enhance the learning experience. 

 

  1. Online Assessments

Due to COVID-19 tests have had to change. Tests used to be very strict but now students are finding the old methods difficult to practice online.

For example, presenting an assignment to your class in a group is now more challenging than ever. 

AI-driven assessments can help schools to get a deeper understanding of student performance in an exam. Using machine learning and artificial intelligence-driven algorithms.

 

  1. Custom Learning

It is well-known that students work at different paces. This is something very difficult for one teacher to manage. E-learning has adapted so pre-recorded videos can be played wherever, whenever and live chatbots on EdTech platforms can allow students to ask questions in real time.

 

  1. Immersive learning

As students become more tech-savvy, unique ways of learning will be in high-demand. Combining education with a stimulated environment or artificial environment will be far more common. 

Imagine learning history on a virtual battlefield? 

 

  1. Blockchain

We have all briefly heard of Blockchain (I assume), in the education sector Blockchain can be a great tool to share information more easily. 

Digital storage of student data will enable schools to share student academic data more efficiently such as scholarship information, student transfer, and grades with authorities. 

 

  1. STEAM vs STEM

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This new program is an improved version of STEM.

STEAM enables students to combine content to solve real-words problems, improving the at-home experience for children. 

 

Key Takeaways

The EdTech industry is constantly evolving. By utilizing different technology students can receive the support that they deserve.

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