Six #EdTech personalities and Eight Trends you should know

Have you been paying attention in the Ed Tech sector? Have you identified the major players and trends? There is a lot happening currently in the Ed Tech space. In fact, watching the ecosystem grow, there are many similarities to the FinTech sector. The educational technology sector has it all, from incubators, accelerators, thought-leaders and emerging trends. Today’s educators, are constantly challenged to stay current with new tech in order to ensure that students are well-prepared for the 21st century. Many lecturers would have noticed that while some technology trends come and go, while others improve and become an essential part of students lives and has an impact on learning and course delivery.

What we are seeing now, is a spike in the emergence of smart classrooms. Smart classrooms are equipped with multimedia components which are designed to enrich the teaching and learning process. Tech in education has played a significant role in educating and connecting students to existing and future learning opportunities. Educators have been forced to confront BYOD. Smart classrooms have been enhanced with advanced technological learning aids, thereby revolutionizing the whole teaching and learning process.

In many impoverished countries, technology has allowed students to experience high grade education and actively participate in advanced placement courses. Sanctioned countries are sadly excluded though. Education should be freely accessible from high level political B.S.

What is also interesting, is that there are a number of emerging trends that are creating new opportunities for education providers and learners to ensure information is effectively accessed by end-users, including students with disabilities.

Assistive and Learning Management Solutions can now enable teachers to deliver special ed in classrooms and not in segregated special needs classrooms. Quite democratic. Also, the constant progression of tech in education is helping educators to create classrooms, which are developed and collaborative, conducted entirely through the web. Today MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses) are a big deal and soon to be big business.

In fact, according to a research and markets report, the Smart Classroom/Ed Tech market is expected to grow quickly in the coming years. The report estimates the Smart Classroom market will grow at a CAGR of 13.9% from the year 2013 to 2018. The total market size is estimated to grow from $31.31 billion in 2013 to $59.90 billion by the year 2018.

Here is a list of EdTech personalities on twitter you should follow:

Who To Follow On Twitter: 15 #edtech Personalities

1. @edutopia: A pioneer in project-based learning, and champion of sharing the very best resources in education.

2. @teachthought: A blog that focuses on how people learn and how technology is changing the world.

3. @audreywaters: A self-proclaimed recovering academic.

4. @cybraryman1: Curator of his own digital library, Jerry Blumengarten has over 87,000 tweets under his belt and currently an #edchat moderator.

5. @coolcatteacher: Vicki Davis is a full time classroom teacher and creator or more than 15 global projects.

6. @web20classroom: Educator, speaker, blogger and #edchat co-creator Steven W. Anderson was named one of the “Top 50 Innovators in Education”.

EdTech trends happening right now:

  1. Bring Your Own Device: 
  2. Social Media as a Teaching and Learning Tool
  3. Digital Badges
  4. Open Educational Resources 
  5. iPads 
  6. Learning Management System 
  7. Learning Analytics
  8. Game-Based Learning
Image credit via teachthought.com

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