There are many teaching trends to look out for in 2018, and we’ve listed in this article the ones that we think will prosper in an educational environment. The education sector will continue to combine lessons and classroom design with modern technology to help students develop the essential digitally-driven skills that will eventually help them in later life for their professional careers and social development. Furthermore, schools are also attempting to shift the traditional tropes of requiring students to fix themselves to a desk and chair by designing active learning spaces and including movement within lesson plans.
Blended learning is the notion that it should ‘blend’ online media with the traditional classroom set up. This is also known as technology mediated learning, or hybrid learning, as it combines the two attributes. These online materials can include lectures, videos, and online textbooks for students to access in the lesson and outside of school for homework tasks or revision. According to an article on Blended Learning written by Mindflash ‘The move to blended learning has inspired educators to redefine traditional roles. The word “facilitator” has emerged as an alternative to “teacher,” bringing with it a slightly different focus.’ The ideology behind blended learning has great benefits for both student and teacher as it provides access to a broader range of learning resources that are more cost effective than the traditional paper textbook.
Student Driven Learning
This learning trend is another technologically motivated theory. This is mainly focused on University based institutions but can be altered to suit a wider audience. This technique replaces lectures with different forms of text, such as e-books and educational videos, for students to research prior to a lesson and then refer to during. This provides an incentive for students to study for future lessons and it also helps them prepare in a way that suits them. Student driven learning is beneficial for students who have a non-conventional learning style.
Digital learning techniques can include Gamification, augmented reality and other digitally motivated trends such as digital literacy. Gamification is the concept of using game-related characteristics to learning resources to make them more enjoyable and to improve student engagement. There has also been an influx of student-friendly applications for Ipads and tablets for children to use in schools. According to an article written by The Telegraph from 2014, it has stated that six year olds have the same technological ability as a 45 year old. This suggests that as the technological world advances, it would be beneficial to help children advance in this sector so they are less likely to fall behind in future life. Furthermore, technology driven education can also help children stay focused making it easier for students to process and memorise key facts and past lessons.
Active Learning Classrooms
Active learning classrooms motivate schools to step away from the habitual classroom design. This doesn’t need to cost the world to design, create, or run, and it doesn’t even need to technologically rich to be a success. Instead, it needs to inspire creativity and productivity in an educational environment. This can include flexible learning spaces, focal points and furniture or lesson plans that promote movement. These aspects aim to promote individuality when it comes to learning style, helping increase productivity rates and brain development.
Trends Outside The Learning Environment
It can also be useful to research the current trends in the adolescent world and use them to your advantage. You can connect these trends with your lesson content to increase its relevance and make it more current and collaborative amongst young minds. Alternatively, if (like many other teachers) you faced the perilous battle of getting fidget spinners banished from the classroom, then you also know how irritating it can be to when your students have jumped onto a new trend. Again, you can use this to your advantage and nib these trends in the bud before they enter the classroom and turn your students into non-responsive gremlins.