2016 was a watershed year for all things digital and EdTech. Teachers continued to explore new ways to personalize learning with EdTech, postsecondary education continued to take new shapes from MOOCs to tech-based microlearning, and machine intelligence grew in capabilities faster than ever before. We’re always excited to see innovations trending upward; this week’s top eight stories give a good overview to shape your expectations for the new year.
1) Increasing School Focus on Digital Curriculum
— Learning Counsel (@learningcounsel) December 22, 2016
The Learning Counsel’s Report finds that 86% of schools expect to spend more on digital curriculum in 2017. If you’re a part of one of these schools, check out Tom’s recommendations for 10 Ways to Use Quality Digital Curriculum.
Dollars & Deals
2) Dip in EdTech Funding
— Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark) December 27, 2016
3) Deep Learning in the Movement Toward AI
2016 was the year that deep learning took over the internet https://t.co/WTkUglTIUU
— WIRED (@WIRED) December 25, 2016
Deep Learning (not to be confused with Deeper Learning) is one of the many ways AI capabilities grew by leaps and bounds in 2016, setting a foundation for further AI disruption–and opportunity for communities that skill up–in the near future.
Deeper, Further, Faster #HigherEd
4) MOOCs and Monetization
— todd tauber (@toddtauber) January 2, 2017
5) Employers Innovate Employee Training
— Fortune (@FortuneMagazine) December 28, 2016
Read more on the transition towards digital learning and microlearning in Top Higher Education Learning Trends to Look for in 2017.
6) Competency-Based Learning Worldwide
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider) January 3, 2017
It’s important to remember that access to new technologies isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for education innovation, as demonstrated by Rwanda’s new commitment to Competency-Based Education.
Let’s Get Personalized
7) Community Engagement for Personalized Learning
— iNACOL (@nacol) January 3, 2017
8) Technology and Teachers
— EdSurge (@EdSurge) January 2, 2017
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again—when teachers have the resources (whether in the form of technology or professional development), personalized learning can be a wonderful thing.
Have a news item you’d like us to consider for next Wednesday’s edition? Tweet us @Getting_Smart using #innov8 or to email [email protected] with “Innov8” in the subject line. For more ideas on what type of stories we run, check out the full Innov8 series on our blog.
Stay in-the-know with all things EdTech and innovations in learning by signing up to receive the weekly Smart Update. This post includes mentions of a Getting Smart partner. For a full list of partners, affiliate organizations and all other disclosures, please see our Partner page.