6 Education Trends to Look for in 2019
6 Education Trends to Look for in 2019
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

The world of education is constantly evolving, and new technologies and trends continue to appear in classrooms nationwide. It’s hard to predict which trends will stick and which are just fads, but in recent years we’ve seen increasing interest in a few trends in particular that may be here to stay.

  • Virtual reality. Screen time and social media use are not slowing down anytime soon, so educators constantly have to find new ways to effectively incorporate technology in the classroom. Advancements in tech-based learning, specifically virtual and augmented reality as educational tools, can provide interactive learning opportunities for students and teachers alike.

  • Personalized learning. Rather than using one prescribed curriculum for a wide variety of students who differ in abilities and interests, many schools are pushing for a more personal approach to education. Considering students’ strengths and allowing them to define their own goals continue to produce positive outcomes, and educators are catching on.

  • Flexible classrooms. Rigid rows of desks and notes on the blackboard just aren’t cutting it anymore. Studies have shown that making the classroom a more comfortable, collaborative, and interactive space improves student morale and enthusiasm for learning.

  • Gamification. Most kids play phone or video games of some sort, so educators have started incorporating that interest in the classroom to get students more involved. Presenting and assessing knowledge through games encourages students to connect with each other, find self-confidence, and enhance their problem-solving skills, all while having fun.

  • Soft skills. Social-emotional learning and critical thinking skills are at the top of the agenda for many schools that wish to provide their students with the tools they’ll need for success. Although colleges and employers have emphasized their interest in students who exhibit teamwork, professionalism, and responsibility, soft skills also just help students become well-rounded and prepared for the real world.

  • Social activism. Today’s kids are becoming more active in politics and speaking up for what’s right, and some schools are beginning to see the importance in that. To raise and educate a generation of passionate learners includes listening to them and helping them make positive changes in their communities.