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9 Innovations the Digital Generation will Benefit from by 2025

We live in interesting times. Technology is making great strides towards creating a nerdy utopia reminiscent of a s...

9 Innovations the Digital Generation will Benefit from by 2025

We live in interesting times. Technology is making great strides towards creating a nerdy utopia reminiscent of a science fiction novel. Predictably, education is a field rife with possibilities for innovation.

Today’s educators are using exciting new gadgetry to inspire students. Moreover, teachers are dressing their lessons up with fancy tech so students don’t even know they’re learning. By getting on board with the continual flow of human progress, today’s technology has made learning—and teaching—even more exciting and relevant experiences.

 

Today

What we have in good supply right now are laptops, desktops, and mobile gadgets. What better way to maximize their educational potential than with software used to make life easier for teachers and students alike?

 

1. Formative Item Bank

This software enables educators to create assessments quickly and easily. The latest iteration of Pearson’s Formative Item Bank is an expansion pack including 60,000 test items that integrate into the Schoolnet software, basically allowing teachers to align student assessments with state and federal required curriculum, and even student performance. All are specified on an individual level, informing big statistics with local data.

 

2. Samsung School

Another improvement on a great idea that was launched during the ISTE 2014 event. Version 1.5.6 is designed for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education program. It allows screen sharing, screen monitoring, remote device control, and customized lesson toolbars for group activities.

 

3. Celly

Though texting while driving is still a no-no, texting while learning can serve a higher purpose. This is what Celly, a text-messaging network, has done for some exasperated teachers desperate to get their vacant students to actively participate in classroom discussions and activities.

 

4. The Historical Williamsburg Living Narrative

This is an interactive game designed to teach students about history by showing how colonial life was in Virginia. There are scenes that reference non-fictional characters such as Patrick Henry. It’s like Oregon Trail, but with waaaaay better graphics.

 

5. The Minnesota Hospital Association, School of Nursing, and VitalSims

They are currently working on developing online games that nursing students can access to try out real-life situations. Work in the ER is hectic, and nurses need to be well-prepared for the stresses that accompany a life or death situation. Realistic online simulations used to educate future medical professionals can be valuable tools in this regard.

 

Tomorrow

Some technologies are still too new to be widely available, but they have great potential.

 

6. 3D Printing

While this technology is still too expensive to be commercially viable for most schools, you can imagine how well it would serve as a teaching tool. You could totally skip the safety talk in shop class. Just design the birdhouse on the computer and print it out.

 

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Some institutions have already taken advantage. Harvard University, for example, is using the technology to restore damaged artifacts for its Semitic Museum. The variety of applications for this technology are so astounding, they deserve their own individual shout outs.

 

7. STARBASE (Minnesota)

The organization has a curriculum for student-planned missions to Mars, including a working rocket, that they made using 3D printers.

 

8. Glacier Peak High School (Washington)

Students get extra credit for enrolling in computer-aided design classes that use 3D printers to make prototypes of their own designs.

 

9. ChemCollective

The Carnegie Mellon University developed this virtual learning environment designed to make chemistry safer but still interactive.

 

 

What emerging education tech are you excited about? Leave your thoughts in the comments.  

 

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