Many predictions have been made about the exploration of different teaching methodologies, along with where technology in the classroom could be headed. As mentioned in Top 10 Ed Tech Trends to Watch Out for in 2015:
“As options for learning change — ranging from educational apps to online courses — our understanding of teaching methods, learning techniques and what key skills a student should leave school with also adapts.”
A trend that consistently rises to the top is the idea of the Flipped Classroom. Although still somewhat controversial, as explained in 5 Education Tech Trends for 2015:
“The rationale behind the flipped class — a form of blended learning in which students learn content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and homework is done in class with teachers and students discussing and solving questions — is to engage learners in and out of the classroom. The dynamic nature of this approach enables teachers to create effective and fun asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences.”
Allowing students to explore subject matter at their own pace and level, while devoting classroom time to more one-on-one interaction with the instructor has been said to have both positive and negative attributes, and has certainly become a catalyst for what the physical learning space may evolve into.
Flipped Classroom or not – regardless of the approach – student success remains at the forefront. For more information and interesting trends, check out the infographic below to see what could be coming our way: