The Top 7 Education Trends of 2019

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     We are precisely halfway through the current year. The futurologists already finished with promoting their predictions. And the reviewers have not started to evaluate main falls and rises of the years yet. 

    So, why not to use this perfect half-way moment and get a glimpse at one of the most flexible and fast-changing industry in the world – education? It is not too early to start to applicate some astonishing ideas and approaches. It is not too late to muddle through various innovations. 

      Here are 7 actual game changer tendencies in the educational sphere that everyone should know. 

1. Virtual Reality 

    Not surprisingly, the augmented reality occupied a fitting place in contemporary education. 

       The incredible opportunity to see, to listen and to feel something is almost irreplaceable in the studying process, especially during the physics, biology and chemistry classes. 

     Imagine reading dozens of boring pages about The Eiffel Tower. And a several-minutes glimpse at the sophisticated ironwork. What image is more likely to stick into your memory forever? That is, basically, how virtual reality shapes the way of discovering the scientific world in schools. 

2. The Brave New World of Exams 

     Whenever you hear or read the word “exams”, what comes first in your thoughts? Sitting in the crowded classrooms and letting every single person hear your teeth wobbling? Or, probably, stressful waiting for the test results? 

     Forget about it all! In present days your only listener may be an emotionally neglectful laptop. And waiting for the evaluation of the answers may take you no more than just a few seconds. AI(Artificial Intelligence) is killing it one more time. It makes possible to take an exam in almost every location at any time. The prevention of plagiarism and cheating is ensured by technological proctoring. 

     For instance, the software fixates a student`s manner and speed of typing. If the indicators change for no visible reason, it suggests a possible breaking the rules. Audio and video streaming are used to make testing more flexible and accessible as well. 

3. Not STEM but STEAM 

    Although this article mostly discusses technological and digital innovations in the ways of studying, it is finally time to talk about humanities either. After decades of prioritizing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the school and university education the tendency to underestimate the art-based disciplines became a critical issue. 

     The numerous researches approved the crucial importance of art learning for becoming an all-around intellectually developed person. That is why letter A (a short version of “Arts”) found its proper place in the abbreviation.

     In reality, it means that the authors of the schools` syllabi now tend to include more music, dance, drama, painting, and sculpture classes into the compulsory programs. For more reasons to value and appreciate humanities in the 21century world read the astonishing work “Not for profit: why democracy needs the humanities” by Martha Nussbaum. 

4. Personalized Learning/Teaching 

      This incredible tendency constitutes concentration on every student`s abilities, needs, and interests. Learners do not have to adapt to the educational system. It is that the educational system must adapt to concrete individuals. 

    Personalized studying cannot be overrated every time it comes to the disabled, or recovering students. It is also suitable for the students from the conflict-affected territories and even for the international learners who struggle cultural and/or language barriers. 

5. Convenient Furniture 

     The convenient and easy-to-use equipment, as has been seen in practice, influences the process of learning as much as the studying materials, or the teacher`s instructions. 

     There is no limit to the fantasy and ingenuity. Any kind of experiments is welcomed. It can be bucket chairs, high tables, stools made of the pieces of the unprocessed wood, or literally anything that makes studying more both physically and aesthetically comfortable. 

6. Blended Learning  

     Blended education is a coherent combination of the traditional class-based studying and online interaction. Different advantages given by both styles of learning are perfect for those who did not get used to the digitalization revolution but want to step into the online world of education. 

7. Bring Awareness of Wellness

     Bringing awareness about the mental and spiritual well-being among the students became another one significant feature of educational development in 2019. Such problems as stress, burnout syndrome, anxiety, and panic attacks are no longer to be stigmatized and concealed. 

    The teachers all around the world do their best to use role-playing techniques and urge the students to elaborate on their cognitive flexibilities. In a nutshell, the uncompromising educational mantra “Whatever happens, be successful!” switches to something much more tolerant – like “Whatever happens, mind your mental health”, or “Fulfillment and happiness at any cost”. 

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