What Are Some Innovations in Education?

As we look back over the past 5, 10, or 20 years, innovation in education has become mainstream. Technology has been incorporated and leveraged by teachers and school administrators to offer improved learning experiences. This rings true even before e-learning and teaching innovations in the “new normal” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it’s the use of SMARTboards instead of whiteboards, or ebooks over textbooks, innovative trends in educational technology are evolving at a rapid pace. 


This blog looks at innovation in the classroom and answers the question, “What is innovation within the education sector?”

 

What Are Innovations In Education?

At the most basic level, innovation in education can take multiple forms. According to OECD, these categories are:

  1. New products or services such as syllabi, books, or resources

  2. New processes for delivering services such as e-learning

  3. New ways of organizing and communicating activities such as through digital services

  4. New marketing techniques such as commitments and pledges for any student who graduates

While innovation could look like upgraded technology, it might also present as improved teaching techniques or communications platforms. Let’s look at some more concrete examples of innovations in education.

What Are Examples of Innovation in Education?

On the technological side of things, there are many innovative products and services being used in many schools across the country. These include:

  • Zoom for e-learning, recorded lectures, and virtual meetings or conferences. 
  • Digital readers and tablets that provide centralized locations for all their books and notes and the potential for access to helpful apps or digital content.

  • 3D printers to help kids engage in a kinesthetic and visual way while also reducing the time constraints of creating a model or replica for teachers.

  • Virtual reality provides immersive experiences for students wherever they are without physical travel limitations.

  • Cloud technology so that students no longer have to keep their floppy discs or USBs handy at all times and can access their documents from any computer.

  • Artificial intelligence can be used to automate aspects of grading and feedback, as well as provide trends and insights into the particular patterns of students.

  • Mobile teaching offers learning opportunities to anyone with a mobile device through apps and websites with curriculum-specific content.

When it comes to innovative teaching methods, there are plenty of examples to choose from as well. 

  • Content diversification can keep every day interesting by pulling materials from different sources and in various mediums. If you lecture one day, try to show a video or play a game the next. The more you can keep teaching from getting stale, the more likely kids will engage. 
  • Employ different learning models every once in a while, like flipped classroom (where the students teach you about something) or project-based learning, etc., to get students using different skillsets.
  • Alternate between divergent and convergent thinking, or in other words, make time for students to try and think of multiple solutions for one starting point or one solution for multiple starting points. 
  • Peer teaching can provide feedback and learning opportunities in terms students are more likely to understand since the information has already been processed by someone on their level. 

We could include far more examples of different types of innovation in the classroom, but the main point is that innovation is the future. So, teachers, administrators, and students who want to succeed must embrace the changes and updates. That’s what we’re here to help with at XR Technologies.

XR Technologies: Your Partner in Classroom Innovation

Here at XR Technologies, we are a team of researchers, educators, and entrepreneurs looking to create a more equitable and quality education experience for everyone. Using proprietary software and new processes, we deliberately harness the power of technology to address foundational and systemic problems in education. 

Primarily, we focus on offering XR Mathematics, or “math department as a service.” We provide additional personnel, content, and processes to empower your math department to reach new heights and engage students on a whole new level. Innovation is the way of the future; XR Mathematics is the way for you. To learn more about all we do to propel positive change, contact us today!

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