What are the New Technologies in Education?

New innovations in educational technology (EdTech) in 2022 must be discussed within the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The World Bank shared a summary of global lessons learned over the last two years of scaling up technology to enable remote education:

  • Education requires human interaction. Students need meaningful two-way interactions with their teachers to be engaged in learning.
  • Education relies on an ecosystem of collaboration. Teachers, parents, school staff, and even a student’s peers all work together to reinforce and support the learning of each student.
  • EdTech is necessary for remote learning but must be fit-for-purpose. School systems must also consider equitable access, especially in areas of low internet quality.

New EdTech is emerging every day, along with processes to deliver world-class curriculums to students at any location through partnerships with vendors like XR Technologies. Let’s review some of the new technologies in education, especially those that are enabling programs like our math education processes as a service.

What are the New Trends in Educational Technology?

The new trends in educational technology equip educators to have an easier view of each student’s particular needs through dashboards and other reporting. Other solutions are emerging to automate some of the repetitive or administrative tasks which educators handle. Here are three high-level trends to be aware of as examples of technologies that improve student learning and teacher engagement.

Learning Analytics and Personalization

A learning management system helps teachers gain insights from each student’s learning process. Students’ digital behaviors become data points the educator can follow. This includes behaviors like logins to learning platforms, activity within the platforms, assignment completion, and more.  Teachers can learn from such data to identify which methods are succeeding, and which content might need to be redelivered. These insights are especially essential to deliver a personalized and meaningful learning experience without being in the same space.

Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education

Artificial intelligence is helping educators through automation like simple grading of worksheets and quizzes where there is a concrete right or wrong answer. Artificial intelligence also powers the learning analytics described above, providing educators with timely and/or actionable insights that serve both student and teacher. Innovations like AI tutors and more robust grading capabilities are no doubt close behind.

Remote and Video-Enabled Learning

Remote learning, also known as eLearning, has to be an interactive experience. Games, animations, podcasts, and videos are all part of keeping learners engaged and focused. This learning might be delivered in real-time (synchronous) or via pre-recorded video or audio (asynchronous). Either delivery method should integrate with a learning management system to provide the data to inform each student’s ongoing development.

The COVID-19 pandemic took remote learning from a novelty to a requirement. But even before it became a necessity, researchers were already exploring how devices and video can impact and improve learning.

It might surprise you to learn that the type of device used in video learning or remote learning can have a significant impact on student outcomes. Students whose classrooms use internet-connected desktops and projectors perform as much as one grade level better on global assessments in subjects like math, language, and science. On the other hand, students who use tablets for learning perform half a grade level worse than average in every subject.

As for laptops, the outcomes in the United States are unique worldwide.

  • In the US, over 70% of students are using laptops in school, and students with access to laptops perform nearly half a grade level better than those who do not.
  • Worldwide, only 37% of students have laptops in class and those who do perform around a third of a grade level worse on assessments. 

To put these stats in a more current global socio-economic context, 53% of high-income nations chose to deliver learning exclusively through the Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among upper-middle-income countries like China or Brazil, this number dropped to 8%. Technology and its ability to address disruption rely on geography and national economics as much as the decision-making of each school system or educator.

What are schools in the US doing differently with the privilege of laptops and technology in the classroom to drive superior student outcomes? XR Technologies is proud to be part of the innovation.

Educational Approaches Using Emerging Computing Technologies

Choosing technology solutions that are form-fit to the problems they solve is a fast route to success. In math education, sometimes a staff shortage is the challenge. Sometimes students are struggling to catch up. Our math department as a service model allows school systems to address both challenges and deliver a quality math curriculum by hiring a single vendor. Here’s how we apply emerging technologies in education to our approach:

  • Tracking Student Progress, Class Pacing, and More: Our dashboards help each of our coaches see how students are progressing, who needs support, and what support is needed.
  • Hybrid Learning Among Educators, Peers, and Specialists: XR Mathematics’ curriculum is expertly designed to help students learn math virtually and in-person through collaboration.
  • Enabling Humans Through Technology: It is our priority to staff educators who will work well with students in the classroom and build meaningful relationships while delivering our innovative curriculum.

It is our goal to challenge the status quo of the education industry from the top-down, from how the curriculum is developed to how it is delivered. Students deserve equal access to quality education, and education processes as a service can help school systems get there while also addressing staffing challenges.

XR Technologies Is Developing Math Technology

Are you interested in learning more about delivering our math curriculum? Maybe you’re a passionate educator looking for a career change, or a school administrator who needs to hire a math teacher. Either way, we’d love the opportunity to talk more with you about the amazing math education outcomes XR Technologies is delivering to thousands of students in dozens of schools. 


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