What do you think will be the main things we'll be seeing in ed tech in 2018?
There are couple of trends we are expecting to get very important in 2018.
First of all, interactive 3D content is becoming mainstream and it will continue to do so in 2018 as well. Teachers and schools are realising the power of 3D and with the increased supply of quality curricula, we can also expect increased adoption. This goes hand in hand with augmented and virtual reality maturing, the technology is proving itself more and more valuable and with appropriate professional development and curricula, it will make a substantial contribution.
With more focus on online tools, there’s great demand for robust school networks with sufficient capacity. In 2018 we’ll hopefully see a great improvement in this area with school networks capable of handling greater data flows and thus enabling teachers and students to use online tools without any limits.
We’re living in a world where every app is gathering tons of data about the users. In education, it’s the same thing. The data are giving educators an immense possibility to assess the needs and ways of learning of each single student. It’s a great way how to personalize the learning process according to every individual and make it more effective than ever before.
What do you think will be the main ed tech challenges in 2018?
The challenges are many but let’s talk about those connected to what has been mentioned above. With regards to VR, AR and MR, they are without doubt very effective tools for learning. The biggest challenge is, however, how to teach the teachers how to use tech like that in the classes. So the challenge will be to come up with professional development good enough to show the teacher how they can use and benefit from the tech. We’re happy to say we are preparing such professional development materials to enable the educators to fully leverage the potential.
The biggest challenge related to data in education is always the security. It is absolutely crucial to ensure that nobody unauthorised will ever get the chance to meddle in any manner with the data related to students. Being able to ensure the data security will be the biggest challenge for any business entering the edtech market but also the biggest 'must'.