Education technology in K-12 is moving past traditional PCs and becoming a natural part of the learning experience. Tech investors are watching the sector for products and services that can innovate today’s educational experience. According to forecasts from Gartner, global education technology spending will exceed $8.7 billion by the end of 2015, which means administrators are also willing to invest.
Smart developers will build innovations in edtech that will reshape the modern K-12 classroom. Here are three trends with disruptive and revenue potential for developers creating education-focused technology.
Technology embraced in everyday teaching and learning
Educators and administrators will weave edtech products and services into their curriculum. Today’s K-12 students are digital natives who have immersed themselves in technology, so it makes sense to integrate their familiarity of technology into the natural learning process.
The smartphone enters the classroom
There is a shift toward schools allowing students to bring their own devices into the classroom. Not only does it save money, but also ends the war against students over their phones. Teachers will continue to experiment with smartphones and tablets as learning tools during in-class assignments.
Social and collaborative learning
Students and teachers are coming together online in settings modeled after community or social networking sites such as Facebook. Inside these portals, teachers can pose questions, request comments on the day’s lessons, and provide real-time coaching. Students can benefit by chatting with classmates about assignments and collaborating on projects.
As K-12 educators explore how to achieve their curriculum strategies while keeping pace with technology, developers can help them by building products that enhance the educational experience.
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