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4 Types of EdTech Taking Teaching into the Future

Education technology proliferated during the pandemic. Districts with more than 1,000 students accessed an average 1,449 ed tech products online each month during the 2020-2021 school year, according to EdTech Magazine.

But that doesn’t mean all of them have staying power. In fact, relatively few are projected to make the grade over time.

For educators, the most meaningful technologies are the ones that fully engage learners and make their jobs a little easier in the process. These four represent some of the most impactful tools shaping education in 2022.

Immersive Everything

Students may have previously had a loose grasp on immersive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML). Now, with the advent of the Metaverse, they’re well-versed in the power of these educationally adjacent tools.

ML and AI are being used to help learners experience everything from new concepts to historical moments in a hands-on way. But they’re also helping safeguard entire school systems from escalating online threats.

“Some of the most popular cybersecurity tools to surface in response to these cyberattacks are next-generation protections powered by AI and ML … Security orchestration, automation and response tools specifically use automation to detect and remediate possible cybersecurity breaches. The automated component in SOAR helps make cybersecurity more manageable for understaffed IT teams in K–12 environments,” explains EdTech.

Getting Gamified

Traditionally, the classroom has been a non-gaming environment. By integrating gaming and design elements into lessons and coursework, educators are making it more engaging and accessible.

Whether accumulating points, competing with classmates, or working as a team to overcome levels and challenges, gamification seamlessly integrates entertainment and education. It also tests for knowledge and comprehension of learned material.

But does it work?

Based on a study run by ScienceDirect, students who were educated with challenge-based gamification raised their performance by up to 89.45% compared to those who only received lectures, making it a shoo-in for any learning environment.

Asynchronous Learning

The rise of remote learning made the school day more flexible. Many students and teachers have continued to thrive under this setup, demonstrating the need for asynchronous learning models in and outside the hybrid classroom.

Even classes returning in person can benefit. Using resources like podcasts, teachers can create asynchronous lectures, so students can listen and learn on their own time. This gives educators the opportunity to focus on answering questions, facilitating discussions, and encouraging collaboration during scheduled class periods.

The model encourages self-sufficiency among students and lets educators free up time for more tailored, concentrated types of instruction.

Embracing Blockchain

Wondering where you’ve heard this term before? It’s a big buzzword in the NFT and cryptocurrency space. But don’t let that fool you. The distributed ledger technology also has a rightful place in education.

It all starts with decentralized data. Individual, unchangeable blocks make it easier to store, validate, and ultimately utilize information in a secure, thoughtful way. That includes everything from student records to teacher certifications.

Considering the massive influx of cybercriminal activity at the school level, expect this to come up a lot over the next few years. Globally, 44% of educational institutions have been targeted by Ransomware attacks since the pandemic started.

In the wrong hands, compromised teacher socials or sensitive student data not protected by blockchain technologies can wreak havoc on their financial futures.

Educational technology has been as transformative on teaching as it has for students – and it’s still in its infancy. The convenience of learning is a huge perk, but as these tools and solutions continue to evolve learning will, too.

By ensuring education is increasingly more accessible and immersive for students, educators and administrators can turn their sights to finding the most secure, efficient technologies.

The edtech most integral to teaching in 2022 is just beginning to take shape. But already we’re seeing huge promise for a more empowered educational sector as we enter the future.