School Technology Trends for the Future

Emerging Technology Trends for K-5

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With the start of each school year, we may ask ourselves, "What will be the new trends in technology?" As a teacher, it's part of the job description to keep up with the latest in educational innovations. If we didn't, how would we keep our students' interest? Technology is growing at a very rapid pace. It seems like everyday there is some new gadget that will help us learn better and faster. Here, we take a look at the emerging technology trends for the K-5 classroom.

Interactive Textbooks

Don't say goodbye to textbooks just yet, although they may eventually be a thing of the past. Interactive textbooks continue to advance and improve. Apple is focusing on modernizing classrooms with interactive textbooks because the company knows these books help to keep students engaged, and it hopes to profit. So for those of you that are in a school district that has the funds, expect to get your hands on a few interactive textbooks in the future.

Social Lesson Sharing

Social lesson sharing will be huge in the future. The website Share My Lesson allows teachers to upload and share their lessons for free. This will be a great asset for teachers who live in rural communities, in particular, because they do not have a lot of opportunities to interact with other teachers.

Electronic Tools

Teachers are always looking for new ways to get their students' creative juices flowing. Makey Makey taught readers that they could turn everyday objects into keypads. I expect we will be seeing a lot more of these economical electric tools that teachers can use to help their students get creative.

Personalized Lessons

Howard Gardner was one of the first to state that everyone learns differently. He created the theory of multiple intelligences, which included specific ways people learned: spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, naturalist, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, and logical-mathematical. In the coming years, we will see a lot of emphasis on individual learning. Teachers will use different resources to adapt to their specific students' learning styles.

3-D Printing

A 3-D printer makes three-dimensional, solid objects right from a printer. Although they are priced out of reach of most schools at this point, we can expect in the future that we may just find one accessible enough in our school districts. There are endless possibilities for creating 3-D objects that our students can make. I cannot wait to see what the future holds with this new tech tool.

STEM Education

For years, there has been a big focus on STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Later, we saw STEAM (with the arts added) start to come to the forefront. Now, teachers as early as PreK are expected to put emphasis on STEM and STEAM learning.