Feb 12, 2019

Which EdTech trends will shape interactive learning?

Ellen Van de Woestijne in Education

3 min read

BETT 2019: focus on interactive learning
Credit: BETT Show

Interactive learning is hot and happening. It allows educators to engage with their students and vice versa, which fuels better learning outcomes. At Barco, we help people to collaborate, share and engage in the classroom and across the campus every day. In order to keep on top of the latest trends, we visited Europe’s leading and largest edtech exhibition. This year, BETT brought together over 850 companies and 34,000 visitors from 136 countries. For those of you who couldn’t make it to BETT, here are the three key trends in education technology. 

1. To improve learning - focus on the experience 

Teachers are determined to improve learning by getting students more active and more engaged. Flipping the classroom from a passive to an interactive learning environment is now the reality in many schools. 

Educators are using a mix of techniques in the class, for example individual and group dynamics, team project work, digital content, video introductions, games, polls, messaging, 1 to 1 learning and small discussion groups. 

The key point to note is that edtech is increasingly being used to provide collaborative learning environments that will equip students with the skills they will need in the future. 


Education Technology Talks at BETT 2019
Credit: BETT Show

2. Managing and sharing content is now critical 

The quantity of educational content is exploding. It is increasingly multimedia-based and difficult to manage. 

Creating content to inspire, share knowledge and interact is now part of everyday life for many teachers. Technology that allows teachers and students to easily engage with these new content formats are game-changing in the learning environment. 

3. Remote learning provides new opportunities 

30% of HE students in the USA took at least one distance learning course in 2016. This trend has continued. Providing high-quality remote learning capabilities has become a “must-have” for many institutions. There is also a growing need to collaborate with other schools, faculties or groups across the country or around the globe. 

Teachers want to teach with tech and not worry about tech. Allowing teachers as well as students to share, interact and engage in a virtual classroom, even from outside the building, is all about having the right technology at hand. The work we have done on the Virtual Classroom with IESE is a great example of this. 

Conclusion 

There is one more thought I would like to share. This was a great reminder that taking some time out as a team to listen to educators and learners, is not just good practice for us, it is vital. When technical expertise and education know-how comes together, we can collaborate more effectively and provide edtech solutions that lead to better learning outcomes. What is your view of the top trends in edtech? We would love to hear your thoughts. 


Sources: 

www.bettshow.com 

www.bettshow.com/bett-show-2019-highlights 

futuresource-consulting.com/reports/categories/education-technology/

IESE Business School introduces the Virtual Classroom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cRBAKoEb_8

US National Center for Educational Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System report

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