The top five educational digital trends for 2019

BSD Education, an online learning environment, recently outlined the five top technology in education trends for 2019, based on its own research. First up, says BSD journalist Mo Qureshi, is the mass migration of schools towards curricula grounded in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and technology). Says Qureshi, “we are seeing an increased interest in micro-credentials being created by universities to enable teachers to upskill and teach STEM education more effectively in their classes”.
In 2016, the World Economic Forum released a Future of Jobs report, stating that more than 65% of students entering primary school this year will one day have jobs that do not yet exist. As more management teams at schools realise this, so the shift towards a computational thinking approach is growing in schools across the globe. In the 2017 study entitled Computational Thinking for a Computational World, released by Digital Promise, a bicoastal organisation with offices in Washington, DC, and California, the authors state: “Computational thinking is both a skill to learn and a way to learn – to create, discover, and make sense of the world, often with computers as extensions and reflections of our minds”. Says Qureshi, computational thinking, based on cross- curricular study and “broad and deep exposure” is the second most important trend for 2019.
The third trend identified by BSD Education, is digital citizenship. Schools are becoming more aware both of their centrality in their communities and their obligation to link students digitally with their peers across the globe. And when they’re not joining virtual hands to solve the world’s problems, students “need a balance of activities to develop all their senses and skills,” says Qureshi, reporting on the fourth trend set to predominate in schools this year.
The fifth trend is personalised learning. According to Qureshi:
In 2019 you’ll see teachers personalise their students’ learning by using more applications of technology and data through online tools to let students define their own learning and outcomes. This will combine with existing trends in evolving principles of classroom design, teachers playing the role of facilitators and flipped learning, as well as using project based learning.

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