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Our Year in Review: 2019 EdTech Trends

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re taking a look at how education technology continues to reshape the modern classroom in new and exciting ways. The technology being used in today’s classrooms is helping to personalize learning, increase engagement, and inspire students. Here is a highlight of major 2019 edtech trends as well as the Where Learning Clicks articles you read the most this year!

The Top 2019 Edtech Trends:

Our Top Stories in EdTech for 2019

At the start of the year, we highlighted the top edtech conferences to attend in 2019 to stay on top of everything edtech, as well as take advantage of those networking and growth opportunities. Don’t miss our list of 2020 edtech conferences available in just a few weeks.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) was at the forefront of education this year. After years of research, implementation, and proven results, SEL is finally being widely recognized as a vital component of student development that has a profound effect on academic achievement. As the importance of SEL continues to grow, edtech has been leading the way in making it more available to classrooms around the country. In our What’s Up With… Social and Emotional Learning piece, we explored the five SEL competencies, and how you can easily incorporate SEL into your classroom. We also shared the story of a program in Michigan that has been successfully using technology to help reduce behavioral problems and set students on a better path, both for academics and overall growth and development.

Over the past five years, there’s been an explosion of tech use in the classroom. With today’s students having grown up using technology, educators are discovering the advantages of utilizing technology in ways they never imagined. In April, we highlighted the importance of integrating technology in the classroom and delved into the ways technology is strengthening the teacher-student relationship rather than replacing teachers at Village Green Virtual Charter School in Rhode Island.

Educators across the country are also seeing how powerful technology can be for personalizing learning for all students. As technology takes on a greater role in the classroom, professional development has become more important than ever. When teachers buy into technology use with students and receive hands-on training in all the ways edtech can enhance their teaching style, it can transform the classroom experience for students (and teachers) at all levels.

Test-taking is one topic that never goes out of style. And while we don’t have all the answers, in February, we underscored 10 smart test-taking tips for students, while providing teachers with advice on how to prepare students for dealing with the stress of high-stakes exams.

Looking to 2020

As the new decade is upon us, technology that once seemed far in the future is already appearing in classrooms. Artificial intelligence may make you think of sci-fi action movies like The Terminator, but a new generation of AI-powered tools is enabling students to learn in new ways and giving educators the ability to identify benchmarks and provide personalized assistance. And AI isn’t going away, so figuring out how to embrace it to enhance the teaching and learning process will help your students both now and in the future.

In addition to AI, augmented reality and virtual reality tools are expected to see breakout growth over the next few years. We seem to be on the cusp of a new era of immersive, technology-driven learning where, instead of cracking open a textbook and reading about the moon landing, students will experience a giant leap forward in learning by actually walking on the moon.

In 2020, we’ll dive deeper into the latest advances in teaching strategies and classroom tools. We’ll also address some of the challenges facing educators today and explore the latest edtech research. From all of us at Where Learning Clicks, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

Sources

Bonderud, D. (2019, August 27). Artificial intelligence, authentic impact: How educational AI is making the grade. EdTech Magazine.Retrieved from https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/08/artificial-intelligence-authentic-impact-how-educational-ai-making-grade-perfcon
Delaney, M. (2019, August 8). Survey: Education among top industries for AR/VR investments. EdTech Magazine. Retrieved from https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/08/survey-education-among-top-industries-arvr-investments
Kirk, E. (2019, April 17). The importance of integrating technology in the classroom. Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/importance-of-integrating-technology-in-the-classroom/
Kirschner, S. (2019, July 17). Six keys to effective professional development sessions. Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/6-keys-to-effective-professional-development-sessions/
Malone, D. (2019, February 13). 10 smart test-taking tips. Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/test-taking-tips-infographic/
Venuti, A. (2019, January 8). Top 10 edtech conferences in 2019. Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/top-10-edtech-conferences-in-2019/
Where Learning Clicks. (2019, July 10). How technology can help reduce behavioral problems. Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/technology-can-help-reduce-behavioral-problems/
Where Learning Clicks. (2019, March 7). How technology improves teacher-student relationships. Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/technology-improves-student-teacher-relationships/
Zaharako, R. (2019, August 28). What’s up with…social and emotional learning? Where Learning Clicks. Retrieved from https://blog.edgenuity.com/whats-up-with-social-and-emotional-learning/

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Ryan Zaharako

Ryan is a former Marine who graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on writing. In 2005, he became a copywriter in entertainment advertising in Hollywood, California before recently joining the marketing team at Edgenuity. Ryan is excited to be working in the rewarding world of education technology.