What do you think will be the main things we'll be seeing in ed tech in 2018?
In recent research, 97% of teachers agreed that interactive technology within the classroom delivers an improved learning experience. In 2018, we will therefore see an increased move towards education technology that facilitates interaction and collaboration, such as group based work displays, touch screens and tablets – ultimately creating dynamic learning environments across schools and campuses which empower active learning.
By bringing together students and their teachers in a dynamic workgroup-based environment, collaborative learning means both the students and the teacher can bring together different learning styles and inspire the sharing of knowledge and creativity. This facilitates and reflects the changes within education, away from purely individual work, towards team work.
What do you think will be the main ed tech challenges in 2018?
With new AV solutions being employed within schools and universities, one of the main challenges for the year ahead will be managing these devices across an entire campus. Furthermore, the introduction of such devices brings the challenge of ensuring teachers understand how to integrate the new technologies within their classrooms. We face the challenge of ensuring ed tech is not left unused or underutilised, minimising it’s benefits of creating a collaborative environment which engages students.
In order for schools to maximise the benefits of ed tech, education is required for teachers and students around how to best use ed tech. Moreover, the benefits of having such technology within classrooms needs to be communicated. This training brings another challenge of changing teachers’ attitudes to of ed tech within curricula where previously technology has not been considered.
Jacob Barfoed, Sony Marketing Manager.