With the start of the New Year we may ask ourselves, "What will be the new trends in technology for 2014?" As a teacher, it's part of the job description to keep up with the latest in educational innovations. If we didn't, how would we keep our students' interest? Technology is growing at a very rapid pace. It seems like everyday there is some new gadget that will help us learn better and faster. Here we will take a look at the technology trends for 2014 for the K-5 classroom.
Don't say Sayonara to textbooks just yet, although they will eventually be a thing of the past. Interactive textbooks were introduced just a few years ago, but with the advancements they have made lately, they are outstanding. Apple is currently focusing on modernizing classrooms with interactive textbooks because they know they keep students engaged. So for those of you that are in a school district that has the funds, expect to get your hands on a few interactive textbooks in 2014.
Social Lesson Sharing
Social lesson sharing will be huge in 2014. The website Share My Lesson allows teachers the ability to upload their lessons and share them for free. This will be a great asset for teachers that live in a rural community and do not have the opportunity to interact with other teachers.
Teachers are always looking for new ways to get there students' creative juices flowing. In 2013 Makey Makey taught readers that they could turn an everyday object into a keypad. This year, I expect we will be seeing a lot more of these economical electric tools that teachers can use to help their students get creative.
Howard Gardner was one of the first to state that everyone learns differently. He even created the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which included specific ways people learned: Visual-Spatial, Bodily-kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Linguistic, and Logical -Mathematical. In 2014 we will see a lot of emphasis on individual learning. Teachers will use different resources to adapt to their specific students' learning style.
A 3D printer makes 3 dimensional solid objects right from a printer! This sounds like something that you would see on the Jetsons! Well in 2013 their was a lot of buzz about 3D printers, and in 2014 we may just find one accessible enough in our school district. There are endless possibilities for creative 3D objects that our students can make. I cannot wait to see what the future holds with this new tech tool.
There was a big focus on STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in 2013. You will see this focus will carry over to 2014. This year teachers as early as PreK will be expected to put emphasis on STEM learning. Why such a fuss on STEM Education? Politicians and leaders say it is no longer acceptable for Americans to just get by. Global competition is proving that we need to be above or at par with the rest of the world.
This is just a few of the educational technology trends for 2014. I can't wait to see what the New Year brings!
What trends in K-5 education would you like to add to the list? Go to K6educators homepage and comment in the blog section titled " What's New in Educational Technology for 2014?"