For several years now, innovations in educational technologies (edtech) have impacted how business professionals want to learn. Edtechs such as virtual classrooms, mobile devices, digital readers, on-demand video, online gaming, and cloud-based LMSs have fed a market that has been, and continues to be hungry for innovation. Traditionally, most investments for product innovation in edtechwas focused on the higher education market.

Cloud-based Technology

In 2018, cloud computing will continue to make learning a more streamlined experience. Students will no longer worry about files and documents being lost or deleted, or buying multiple USB flash drives to save their assignments. Essays, content related to projects, schedules and assignments will be shared more easily and securely stored on the cloud, such as Google Docs.

With more centralized storage for resources, cloud-based technology will allow educators to increase their reach and share information without increased expenditure, or additional time pressure.

Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality

Virtual and augmented reality, and Mixed Reality too, will definitely be confirmed as the most important trends in education technology for 2018. Thanks to the release of affordable accessories, MR will move from experimental technology to a new way of teaching and learning, that will allow schools to experience lessons in a completely new way, for example by virtual travelling in past ages or to inaccessible places, by simply wearing a MR headset or looking up at a smartphone.

 For example, Acer solution of Mixed Reality allows students to interact with physical elements and learn in a more engaging and fun way.

Mobile-Style Education

Today, many students own a mobile device. Tapping this technology for learning in 2018 will improve engagement and motivation across all learning abilities. Mobile learning will also offer greater flexibility and accessibility for learning at home. Connecting mobile technology and devices within the classroom will allow teachers to provide a fully immersive, integrated learning experience for all learning styles and abilities.

Thanks to students’ intuitive use of technology, in 2018 more schools will adopt tablet-like experiences for their front-of-class displays and incorporate this with new learning techniques and the gratification of learning. Traditional interactive whiteboards are becoming harder to scale or costly to replace, whereas schools are turning to more future-proof, degradable technologies. The biggest potential technology impact on students will be the opportunity to nurture skills to help them succeed, increase the quality of learning across mixed-ability classes, and protect their online safety.

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