Reidel (2014) had listed 10 major trends in educational technology where the students had show learning via non-traditional way such as:
- Have personal access to mobile devices especially laptops and tablets.
- Access to Internet connectivity at home.
- Using video for classwork and homework (that could be created by teachers or otherwise).
- Use mobile devices for schoolwork – as reminder, collect resources, pooling for ideas, etc.
- Able to use different tools/apps for different tasks.
- Paying attention to digital footprint – i.e. the trail of data left behind by other users, it may means they are aware of other’s posts and may responds to it.
- An increased interest in online learning.
- Gaming is growing and the gender gap is closed – playing games are no longer the privileges of boys only.
- Social media is a popular form of interaction.
- What devices belong to the ‘Ultimate School’? – preference for mobile devices is on the rise and varies over time.
Parr (2014) sees the trends as:
- Growing ubiquity of social media in most interaction pattern
- Integration of online, hybrid and collaborative learning
- Rise of data-driven learning and assessment
- Shift from students as consumers to students as creators
- Agile approach to change that “use technology as a catalyst for promoting a culture of innovation in a more widespread, cost-effective manner”
- Evolution of online learning which made it an appealing approach to learning.
Parr, Chris. (2014). 6 trends that will accelerate the adoption of technology in higher education. Access August 31, 2014 from http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/6-trends-that-will-accelerate-the-adoption-of-technology-in-higher-education/2011131.fullarticle
Reidel, Chris. (2014). 10 Major technology trends in education. Accessed August 31, 2014 from http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/02/03/10-major-technology-trends-in-education.aspx