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Edtech trends of 2018 that will continue to impact education in 2019

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According to a study by KPMG in India and Google in May 2017, Internet and smartphone penetration in India has been growing exponentially, with the number of internet and smartphone users expected to rise to 735 million and 470 million, respectively, by 2021.

The rapidly increasing access to technology has transformed the framework of education, especially in the last decade.

As such, technology is the biggest factor impacting Indian education now, with digital content and classrooms, online assessments and cloud-based platforms augmenting the academic and administrative processes of the K-12 sector.

The dynamic nature of technology development entails drastic changes in the modes of instruction, assessment systems, and even the physical makeup of the classrooms in short intervals of time.

Education becomes a more creative process with innovation in all these areas and evolves to cater to the changing requirements of future citizen and society.

The education landscape of India is changing year by year, but some of the current trends are speculated to continue their impact in the coming years owing to further developments in these fields.

According to Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO at Next Education, India's only end-to-end education solutions provider, integration of technology in education will continue at a fast pace throughout the country, promoted by the formulation of government policies such as the one against overweight school bags.

These moves have facilitated the popularity of new-age pedagogies, empowering students with self-learning abilities through e-learning tools, as well as the adoption of experiential learning solutions for a holistic learning experience.

Experiential learning techniques, the use of artificial intelligence in education, and personalised

learning techniques are some of the major edtech trends which will continue to revolutionise the Indian education system in 2019 as well.

 

Experiential learning techniques

Experiential learning is a method of learning by doing in which learners engage in direct experiences that connect with an area that they intend to develop.

Learners are actively involved in defining problems, asking questions, experimenting, analysing results and constructing meaning.

It blends conceptual learning, hands-on activities, strategic planning, collaborative efforts and self-evaluative measures to foster all-around competence.

Experiential learning is being implemented in India in the form of virtual labs, social media platforms, virtual and augmented reality tools, and gamification of learning.

Virtual and augmented reality helps in creating an immersive, real-life experience in classroom learning via graphical simulations.

Gamification of learning is an effective pedagogy which maximises student motivation and engagement by integrating game elements in learning environments.

Virtual labs are interactive environments for creating and conducting simulated experiments based on real-world phenomena so that students can interact with an experimental apparatus or other activity via a computer interface.

This eliminates the problem of accessibility as well as the lack of physical infrastructures for lab-based learning, especially in science subjects.

Social media can be used as a platform for developing 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Artificial intelligence and personalised learning

Artificial intelligence is the ability of computers to mimic human cognitive functions such as learning and analysing.

AI has made considerable inroads in various fields of academia across the world, such as administration, learning, tutoring, grading, and assessments, and India, as one of the leading developing nations, is no exception.

By coupling it with data analytics, it has been possible to create adaptive learning technology, a tech-mediated way of providing every learner personalised courses based on their ability and performance.

While such technology does not aim to replace teachers, it facilitates students in managing their own learning.

One of the key challenges faced in the education sector in India is that the assessments are not streamlined across institutions. Leading experts often question whether we are truly measuring the relevant competencies of a student.

This is especially important for teachers, as they need to be aware of their students' academic interests and abilities. In order to meet this challenge, computerised adaptive tests are the best solution.

Another challenge is the 'one-size-fits-all' method of teaching because no two students learn the same way; their learning pace and style vary.

Personalised learning based on human resources is difficult to achieve in India with its high pupil-teacher ratio and lack of adequate financial resources. AI-based learning solutions can solve this problem and personalise education in India successfully.

How Next Education is helping usher in new Edtech trends

Next Education offers experiential learning with its NextLab solutions for English, Maths, Science and Robotics. It has also launched adaptive assessments for CBSE Maths and Science, and are working on similar assessments for other subjects and boards.

Apart from these, its award-winning in-house content, consisting of digital books and HD animated videos available on LearnNext and TeachNext@Home solutions, allows students to independently bridge the gaps in their learning.

In addition, the online Q&A forum for doubt clarification, practice papers and solved NCERT papers for more practice, IIT foundation courses for future attempts in medical or engineering exams and Science resource kits help provide an all-around learning opportunity to learners.

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For years, YouTube has been a major platform for educational experiences around the world. Many teachers and professors upload their lectures to the platform. Edtech companies use it to show off their latest products. And more importantly, people with unique knowledge routinely use it to educate learners on specific subjects. It’s no surprise, therefore, that many are using it to learn about learning. There are numerous edtech- and eLearning-focused YouTube channels. The following mark a few of our favourites. 

14 Edtech Youtube Channels To Watch In 2019

Edtech YouTube Channels

ISTE

When it comes to edtech-focused YouTube channels, the International Society for Technology in Education is a good place to start. ISTE functions as a premier membership organization produces the most widely recognized document for standards of technological education, and hosts one of the most popular edtech annual conferences. 

They’ve been YouTubing since 2010, and their videos run the edtech gamut. Their library includes many short videos made by edtech experts on some of the most cogent edtech topics of the day, like OER, mobile devices in the classroom, AI, and personalized learning. They also upload keynote speeches from their annual event, videos supporting their standards, and much more. 

The Edtech Podcast

After launching in February of 2016, The Edtech Podcast is currently on episode #133 and counting. If podcasts are not part of your daily routine, their YouTube channel uploads every episode in video form and also includes footage of the various live shows they record. 

Created and hosted by the U.K.-based Sophie Bailey, the podcast frequently features discussions of emerging edtech and classroom implementation with guests ranging from CEOs to experienced teachers. Before launching the podcast, Bailey worked as head of content at Bett, the annual U.K. trade show and conference.

Ed on Edtech

For most people, education is a specifically local affair. While we have access to educators and learners from around the world, we still go online from the same computer in the same environment with the same technology and data infrastructure day in and day out. 

Dr Edward Tse, therefore, decided that he would go and check out how edtech is deployed in classrooms and other environments around the world. 

Mr Tompkins Ed Tech

The creator knew simply as ‘Mr. Tompkins’ has worked in the past as a math and computer science teacher in the U.K. He knows focuses his energy on ICT Strategic Development at the university level. A tech agnostic, he is both a Microsoft Certified Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and an Apple Teacher. 

Mr Tompkins’ videos are primarily math-related how-tos incorporating the various tools his various tech company certifiers have developed.

E-Learning Uncovered

The product of Artisan E-Learning, this channel is intended primarily for eLearning developers and edtech instructional designers. That said, you don’t need to be writing software from scratch to benefit from these videos. Many, such as ‘Tips for creating Great Sounding Audio in Audacity,’ or ‘Photoshop for Learning: Taking the First Steps,’ target a more general audience and everyday teachers who might be looking to add some flare or polish to their lessons. 

GeoGebra

One of the most powerful and popular math tools on the planet, GeoGebra’s YouTube channel is dedicated almost exclusively to videos explaining the various uses of their software and apps. If you haven’t heard of GeoGebra before, be sure to check out their new AR math simulator along with the 3 part interview we conducted with COO and CFO Stephen Jull earlier this year. 

eLearning Brothers

eLearning Brothers is a company based out of Utah that creates custom eLearning modules, templates, and conducts training as well. Their YouTube channel is fairly wide-ranging and includes short videos by eLearning experts on specific topics, webinars, how-tos, and more. Occasionally they also run a series of instructional videos on their own products as well and often feature work created using their own library of templates.

Texas Instruments Education

When most people hear eLearning or edtech, they don’t immediately think about calculators. Texas Instruments’ YouTube channel, however, has a huge library detailing the advanced math that is possible on their machines. The channel also contains several other videos, such as AP and SAT math test prep, videos from their annual conference, broad discussions of STEM education, webinars, and even a how-to on grant writing. While some might consider calculators a hold over from the 20th century, T.I.’s YouTube channel is decidedly current.

AdobeELearning

Any creative person using digital technology has likely used or considered using some of the software created by Adobe. Many schools provide access to their Creative Suite. This YouTube channel, however, provides a home for educators and instructional designers using their Captivate software and eLearning Suite. These products allow users to author their own eLearning modules and lessons without the hard coding. 

Their videos are almost entirely focused on these Adobe products, but they’re also highly engaging and occasionally hilarious. 

TED-Ed

While TED talks, and especially their franchised TEDx analogues, have devolved in the past several years from amazing perspectives from niche experts around the world to frequent instances of humble bragging, oversimplification, and advertorial-style self-promotion, the TED-Ed YouTube channel is relatively free of these negative qualities. 

These well-produced animated videos can both teach learners about tech or also act as course supplements and good introductory material. Some, like ‘What’s a smartphone made of?’ or ‘How exactly does binary code work?’ could fall into both categories. No videos contain any instances of Bono (literally) pretending to be Jesus

Edtech Conferences

In addition to the channels listed above, many annual edtech, eLearning, and education-focused conferences also regularly update their own channels, often uploading videos of full keynote speeches, workshops, and more. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below. 

SXSW EDU

Possibly the premiere North American tech conference, SXSW EDU throws up most of their typically hour-long talks. While the conference goes far beyond education technology, there’s a good amount of tech in the mix as well. 

ASU + GSV

Arizona State University and the self-described ‘modern merchant bank’ that is Global Silicon Valley might sound like strange bedfellows. Their annual conference goes even further beyond edtech than SXSW EDU, but they also bring together some of the most interesting and innovative education-focused technologists and venture capitalists in the world. 

NY EDTECH WEEK

While the 2018 NY Edtech Week got bumped to June of 2019, the conference notably uploads the pitches startups make to investors, which make for interesting watches/listens. They also upload most talks delivered over the course of the event. 

EdTech Israel

Now in its fourth year, EdTech Israel brings together Israeli tech startups and companies for a two-day event. 

Many more excellent tech conferences put up a couple of videos, but don’t create their own channels. Many others don’t (but should) upload any content from their events. (We’re looking at you ICELW). 

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Landing a lucrative role in any company is never a cakewalk. The professional world is constantly changing and the traditional education system has failed to equip us with the required skills to excel in today’s dynamic world of work.

The lifespan of skills acquired is getting shorter, and the demand for people with newer and advanced skills is increasing with each passing day. In such a scenario, up-skilling seems to be the only way forward.

There is a burgeoning need for newer skills and learning any of them could help one get that cherished promotion at work!

Why do we need up-skilling?

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that India has no dearth of talented people. However, talented people, with some right attitude and the passion to work hard can learn new skills that would help them rise up faster at their workplace.

In the year 2019, there would be 2.5 lakh IT jobs created for freshers in India. 

Jobs for Data Scientists, Machine Learning Professionals, Cyber Security, Augmented Reality would see an upsurge in demand, over and above the specialist jobs in Marketing, Growth Hacking and Mobile Application developers.

All these sectors are constantly evolving and up-skilling facilitates a cycle of high productivity, increased employment opportunities, income growth and development.

 

Upskill to future-proof your career

The right upgrading of skills goes a long way in improving one’s productivity and overall performance.

 

7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHY UPSKILLING WILL BE SO IMPORTANT IN 2019:

1. Reportedly, 68% of employees prefer to learn at work and because up-skilling is a way to keep one abreast of industry trends and requirement. 

2. Executives prefer employees who avoid redundancy and promote opportunities to enable their employees to learn more.

3. The crème de la crème of all skill up courses in the year 2018 were Finance/Bitcoin/Blockchain, Writing, Digital Marketing, Project Management and Google Analytics. They are offered by e-learning websites like Coursera, Career Anna, Hubspot and Udemy. 

4. Online programmes on Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Public Speaking are always in vogue and the trend will continue in the year 2019.

5. Other courses to reign in the year 2019 would be based on hard skills which companies look for the most – SEO/SEM Marketing, Network and Information Security, Perl/Python/Ruby and Business Intelligence. 

6. According to a Forbes report, 58 million new jobs would be created in Artificial Intelligence by the year 2022. Thus, pursuing this stream would be a very good idea.

7. As per an India Today report, 50,000 jobs are lying vacant in the field of Data Science and Machine Learning with more and more companies trying to tap these new technologies. Professionals would benefit much from opting for a career in such an on-demand stream.

 

Not restricted to technical and functional training

Upskilling need not be strictly technical and functional. Familiarization with the new technological trends in the contemporary digital age helps in aiming for higher opportunities, but soft skills such as communication, leadership, collaboration, and time management are equally important.

As per a LinkedIn report, executives and people managers feel that leadership and communication are the two most important soft skills that employees need to acquire.

 

Online skill up courses can enhance the development of employees

Learning can be a tedious process is a continuous requirement. However, the problem of learning has been solved to a large extent with the proliferation of online tools, which are both convenient and flexible.

We, at Career Anna, want to create better professionals for the industries by bringing quality education beyond the classroom.

Our skill up courses have helped over 9,000 professionals across the country get placed in top companies like Cognizant, Accenture, Dell, Samsung, Infosys, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, TCS, and HCL across high growth technology roles, amongst many other Consulting and Product Companies.

Around 69% of the employees who took our skill up courses either got promoted at work or found better paying job opportunities.

Companies want people who can portray initiative, commitment, and the desire to move ahead. Taking up skill up courses to either enhance your skills or learn new ones will make managers and executives value you.

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Augmented Reality In Education: What's The Real Impact?

Wondering why your students are inattentive in your class? The answer may be that they are bored with your traditional ways of teaching. As per the recent report by Harvard GSE, the student's engagement is dropping each year because institutes focus on standardized modes of teaching.

The Impact Of Augmented Reality In Education

Ever noticed how easily kids get distracted by smartphones and tablets? Imagine what if we can leverage these devices for the good?

We all know that we remember better what we see instead of what we listen or mug up. Augmented Reality is proving this fact. With AR apps a 3D view is helping the students to understand better. Still, there are educators who believe that technology is ruining our generation. We can’t stop kids from using smartphones but we can make sure they are not wasting their lives because of technology.

5 Reasons Why AR Apps Are 'A Must' For This Generation's Students

1. A Better Explanation Of Complex And Abstract Concepts

There is no doubt that your students will understand the concept better when they will visualize it in reality. Especially for the difficult topics, students will get to learn quickly with 3-dimensional model representations.

2. Elevated Student Engagement

AR learning provides a gamified approach towards learning; which makes the lessons fun. As a result, it serves a positive impact on the students and keeps them engaged.

3. No Extra Tools Required

Today, 95% of teens own a smartphone. This can be used for constructive results as well. Parents and teachers don’t have to spend extra on buying tools for interactive learning and teaching.

4. Practical Knowledge

Students can perform practical without any physical need for lab equipment. This is mainly helpful for professional courses like medical and engineering. Students don’t have to operate a patient practically and still can learn the process.

5. Accessible Learning

With AR apps the users can learn anytime and anywhere from their smartphones. It is the best way to replace paper books, posters, huge physical models etc.

Popular Augmented Reality Apps

Educators around the globe have already adopted Augmented Reality in their teaching process. App store and Play store are flooding with AR apps for education. Students are responding to these apps in an optimistic manner. Here are the best Augmented Reality education apps; categorized for kids, students and self-learning.

AR Apps For Kids

1. AR Flash Cards

Students just have to scan the flashcards from their smartphones and the alphabets, and its explanations come to life.

2. Bugs 3D

Kids can learn more about insects and bugs; the app will illustrate descriptions and images to play for the kids.

3. Mathalive

The app helps the kids in grasping counting and number identification skills.

AR Apps For Teens

1. Anatomy 4D

Students can see 3D models of the human body when scanned through the camera of the smart device.

2. AugThat

The app explains the core topics from subjects like Geography, Maths, and Science in 3 dimensions. The app also has a dedicated course for students with special needs.

3. Arloon Plants

The best app to learn practically about various species of flora around the world. The app allows the students to learn about the structure and parts of a plant as well as they can witness the growth and movements.

AR Apps For Self Learning

1. Google Translate

The most practical way to learn a foreign language. Google Translate allows users to scan any written text via their smart device, and it will translate it in real time.

2. Starwalk

Anyone can learn about the stars and the constellations in the sky. By pointing the camera towards the sky the app will show all the details.

3. Aurasma

This app allows students to build their own AR experiences. Students just have to create their own triggers on the web version with Aurasma Studio.

The Scope Of Developing Education Apps

There is no doubt that education apps should be free for the users/students but that can’t stop you from earning. You can still opt for monetization methods like premium versions, advertisements etc. Education industry still has scope for more interactive Augmented Reality apps. If you are an educator, then you can think of something which your students need or they are bored to study the most. Then, you can build an app for that problem.

Over To You!

The education sector needs technology adaptation in order to keep the engagement levels high. Augmented Reality is the best way to do this. Αll you have to do is implement BYOD in your classroom and print AR worksheets or lessons. You will see the difference in the interest of the students towards learning. If you are already using AR in your teaching methods, then I would love to know about your experience. Comment below the results you have achieved after implementing Augmented Ρeality apps or any latest technology in your teaching.

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Today, India is one of the world's top destinations for education. With some of the best colleges and universities, it is renowned for its excellence and high standards. What's even more interesting is how technology has advanced rapidly to transform the way students in India consume educational content. Additionally, the penetration of internet-based smartphones is taking quality learning to students across geographies in India.

Today, little children are watching their favourite cartoons and learning pictorial rhymes on the same device. Education is being imparted to them through flexible and non-intrusive formats. As a consequence, students across all age groups are discovering the joys of learning and having fun while at it. There has been a noticeable shift in the perception of parents and teachers view digital learning too. Today, institutions are making efforts to shift the focus back on students to reinvent the way they learn right throughout their life.

India might not have readily adopted education technology but it's heartening to see how a traditional sector like education is using technology as an enabler so far. Today, some cutting-edge technologies are being used to further enhance this sector, while grabbing the attention of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporates and governments.

Here are the factors that are enabling the growth of digital education:

1. Personalised and adaptive learning

Learning platforms, software and digital devices are together creating countless new ways to modify education. This way, the academic potential, strengths, weaknesses, aptitude and learning pace of every single student is catered to. Precise, mobile and reliable applications are being created to teach students, help them practice their learnings, take assignments and manage their schedules.

Schools are now providing their students with digital devices like desktop computers, laptops and tablets. These devices are aiding them in the teaching process while also helping them understand how students learn and how to enhance their learning process.

The 'one size fits all' teaching model is being supplemented by adaptive, personalized learning pedagogies. Going forward, this will be the new trend informal learning that will enable students to be technologically skilled and equipped for modern workplaces.

2. Two-way conversations in E-Learning

In the traditional classroom seating scenario, students are unable to get the individual attention they need due to time constraints. In contrast, the one-to-one context of learning in digital mediums currently students to learn through videos and chat with an expert.

The upcoming 'Learning Management System' will continue the two-way communication model between students and experts. More importantly, it will let students track their coursework progress, identify improvement areas and offer ways to make the most of them.

Through the help of 'Big Data', experts will be able to capture student feedback within the framework of the content provided. With this alone, they'll be able to improvise and enhance their offerings in new ways to further benefit students.

3. Mobile-based learning

Over the past few years, mobile learning has picked up by the populace who have gradually assimilated it in their lives. It has offered students the flexibility to access educational content seamlessly across multiple digital devices like desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The smartphone user base in India continues to increase, in both urban and rural areas. The coming years will witness users accessing most of their educational content through internet powered smartphones in a massive way. Most educational content, including even online courses, will be optimized entirely for mobile devices.

4. Video-based learning

Video learning has always appealed to students since it closely mirrors the traditional classroom teaching style. Earlier, students watched video lectures as a form of homework and then discussed them during the next class. Over time, this habit brought about a remarkable improvement in their performance, with a noticeable improvement in grades.

Video lectures allowed students to learn subject syllabi at their own pace and dedicate time spent in class towards interactions. This will continue to be a trend in the future where students will have access to rich and interactive content, that will be useful for both formal training as well as performance enhancement. The increase in video-based learning on mobile devices will eventually account for 80 per cent of all internet traffic by 2019.

5. Open educational resources

Open digital education resources have commonly been used in distance learning courses. They consist of freely accessible media for learning, teaching and research purposes. They are licensed to be revised and disseminated freely by teachers among students. This allows the latter to gain access to an extensive arrive of study material that is otherwise restricted indigenously.

Open educational resources also facilitate the creation of a flexible environment where teachers can customize educational content for individual sessions or classroom seatings. This is applicable for typical curricular subjects like mathematics, sciences and languages, as well as business and fine arts.

6. Usage of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for learning

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are already buzzwords in the technology space. Their advent in e-learning has massively impacted the efficiency with which it is offered to students and the way it assesses their performance.

VR allows students using e-learning platforms on mobile devices to directly interact with study material. This keeps their engagement levels high and motivates them to learn more and better. On the other hand, AR facilitates teachers and trainers in performing tasks, they previously haven't or cannot, in a safe environment.

Together, both of them are engaging students in ways like never before and are poised to become a lot more widespread in their usage and impact in the future.

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