Emerging Trends in Educational Technology Nashae Lumpkin Technology as Teaching & Learning Tool
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Emerging Trends in Educational TechnologyNashae LumpkinTechnology as Teaching & Learning Tool
Hardware, Software, and System Development TrendsUbiquitous mobile computingEnabled by cloud-based storage and communications.Mobile devices in education.More sources of open contentMore courses and educational materials that were previously proprietary will now be free and available to everyone online.Massive open online courses (MOOCs)Makes education cheaper and available to anyone anywhere in the world.Increased e-book/e-text presenceReplacing paper books with electronic books that can be accessed online.
Hardware, Software, and System Development Trends (cont.)Tablet computingPortable device that is easy to handle and can access internet as well as e-texts.Augmented reality systemsComputer-generated environment where a real-life scene is overlapped with information that improves our uses of it.Wearable technologiesDevices used to monitor movements or vitals.Gesture-based computingInteracting with a computer with body movements using a camera or sensor.
Hardware, Software, and System Development Trends (cont.)Games and gamificationIncorporating the most motivational aspects of games into nongame activities.Learning analyticsThe ability to detect trends and patterns from sets of performance data across a large number of students.3D printingDevices used to print models or actual products when a 2-D image is supplied.
Educational Application TrendsFlexible learning environmentsStudents are able to take notes outside of classroom with the assistance of wireless communications and portable devices.Personalized learningComputer-based management programs that access the students learning needs and provide customized learning experience matched with the student.New instructional modelsStudents watch downloaded lectures online before attending class.Reliance on learning at a distanceStudents are taking virtual classes and learning through virtual programs.Increased educational options for students with disabilitiesAdvances in technology for increased opportunities for people with disabilities.
Increased Educational Options for Students with DisabilitiesPhysical immersion systems and intelligent programs that help people with sensory impairments.Virtual reality is used for people with visual impairments.Assistive technology (AT) is available to assist with many different disabilitiesStudents with difficulty writing can use a AT to write their paper and convert to text.A student with Dyslexia can have a book read to them.
ReferencesRoblyer, M. D. (2013). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (7th ed.). Boston: Pearson.Staff, G. (n.d.). Great Kids. Retrieved from Assistive technology for kids with LD: An overview: http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/assistive-technology-for-kids-with-learning-disabilities-an-overview/