Trend #2 Augmented Reality / Immersive Learning
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that helps bring the physical world into the digital world by creating layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed using a mobile device. It just brings your physical world to life and makes it more exciting! In the classroom this technology can be used to create mind blowing interactive & immersive learning experiences for learners. Elements 4D, Anatomy 4D and Aurasma are some of the apps currently used by teachers to create interactive learning experiences in the classroom. Digital content can be layered on top of printed materials, objects or even geographic locations and when using the app on a smart device these contents are triggered automatically for users to experience. For example: the school library could make use of AR technology to give links to video book reviews. A homework task could have specific triggers setup that would lead pupils to help videos, to complete those tasks.
My last post was on the list of ten edtech trends to watch out for the next few years. Here's my next post on one of the future trends, iBeacons or the beacon technology.
Trend #1 - iBeacons or beacons
Photo credit: Nalder, Jo. (2016) Beacons by jnxyz.education. Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jnxyz/13571106354/in/photostream/ (Accessed: 11 January 2016).
"The real power of interactive technologies is that they let us learn in ways that aren't otherwise possible or practical. - David Lassner"
In the next few weeks I will try and write a few posts focusing on the technology trends to watch out for in education, especially in primary & secondary schools, for the next 5 years. Each week I will try and address an individual edtech trend with examples of how schools have used and may use them in the future. These are my personal opinions of what will be relevant and will be the game changers in education in the next few years. So in no particular order, I believe these 10 technologies listed below will start to play a crucial role in education, although they have existed for some time now:
EAL Toolkit - Kate Elliot, EAL
This is a guest post on behalf of Kate Elliot. Kate is passionate about making sure that all our EAL learners are well supported in lessons. Remember, that even in your own lessons you can easily support our EAL pupils by using some of these simple strategies.
Kate has provided all teachers with this PowerPoint below full of simple teaching strategies (originally produced by and credits to: Mike Gershon who is an independent consultant and author for TES) that you can use in your classrooms to support our EAL learners. Kate also ran a couple of lunchtime INSET's for all teachers and you should find some of the ideas/strategies discussed in these sessions here: T:\Senior School\ESOL\Strategies and activities to support EAL learners.