Augmented and virtual reality tools are enhancing biology and health and wellness classes for K–12 students through safe, virtual labs and field trips that go inside the body. Previously, use of AR VR was more commonplace in higher education but new products are targeting k-12 students. Some of the advantages of using AR/VR in Biology classes are:
1) Virtual reality programs puts students in their own bodies
2) Mixed reality allows students to explore animals humanely
3) Virtual reality labs give students a safe space to experiment
Not-for-profit organizations and teachers are the most important actors financing education innovation at the global level:
- 51% of the most powerful global education innovations are financed by donations and grants,
- 23% of those innovations are self-financed,
- 7% of them are driven by capital investments, and
- 5% of them are funded by governments.
Capital investments ($9.52 billion in 2017) focusing mostly on edtech and being such a narrow funding opportunity for education innovators so far is surprising as most of those actors (36%) have been looking for reasonable investments between $100,000 and $500,000 primarily to scale.
A new revolution in education is here, and not surprisingly, it will be led by AI. Artificial intelligence will change the classroom by automating routine tasks and providing teachers with insight into students’ learning progress through monitoring and integrated analysis. No worries that teachers will be replaced here, because much of what students need to learn, such as collaboration and thinking skills, cannot be taught by machines. Take a look and see if you agree!
Artificial intelligence conversational interfaces, predictive analytics and digital credentialing are among the top technologies that higher education CIOs should be watching this year. The company’s analysis of the top 10 strategic technologies impacting higher ed ranges from IT-oriented tech, such as security and risk management, to tools focused on student success, such as nudge tech and career software
Technology by itself is nothing. When delivered into the hands of competent and creative users, however, technology becomes a tool to perform a task. Consumers know what they want. It’s up to edtech startups to be relevant and provide it.
The hottest edtech trends
Computational thinking. Quickly becoming one of the basic subjects necessary for developing higher order thinking skills, computational thinking (CT) has become a new thinking strategy.
Professional learning. The traditional isolated trainings of the past are no longer relevant for busy professionals.
Simulation. Simulated experiences are changing the classroom.
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. email@example.com
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