Friday, January 01, 2016
2016 Education Predications
As we move into the new calendar year I have done a bit of reflection on what I have seen in education in 2015 and created a list of predictions for 2016. My list was motivated by thoughts shared by various education leaders in this post on the Getting Smart blog, and thought it might be helpful to share with other educators what I am seeing as well as a starting point for thoughts, discussions, and innovations.
To that end, here are some of the trends in learning and education that I expect to see in 2016:
1. Greater movement toward the personalization of learning. Students, parents, and educators are increasingly recognizing that the Industrial Age model of "one-size-fits-all" education does not serve our students and society well. Therefore, I expect to see greater pressure from parents for schools to address the uniqueness of their child through the learning process and greater experimentation for schools in working with project-based and blended learning models. This is a trend I personally welcome since I believe this fits well with Christian theology. See my previous post on this topic for more information.
4. Improved collaboration between schools, parents, students, and the community at large. Unique partnerships and relationships will be formed in surprising ways between various stakeholders in education to provide a greater variety of educational opportunities for students. This prediction also connects with the greater personalization of learning. Successful schools will need to be much more active and intentional in forging these collaborative efforts.
Chromebooks will become even more popular with schools and students because of their ease of use, simple updating, longer battery life, and low price point. In addition, Google Classroom, which keeps adding new features, will become a leading tool for blended and personalized learning opportunities.
So there you have it -- my five fearless predictions for education in 2016. Do you agree or disagree with these ideas? What do you see happening in 2016? Share your thoughts and ideas as a comment to this post.
Posted by David at 9:45 AM