2022 Education Trends That Might Excite You

2022 Education Trends That Might Excite You

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1. Student Agency

Many educators are moving away from teacher-driven lessons and helping students have more voice and choice in what they learn, putting teachers in a more facilitative role.  This environment leans more toward collaborative learning and gives teachers the flexibility they need to differentiate more easily.

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1. Student Agency

Is this going to be an easy transition for everyone? Probably not, but it’s worth the work.  The ability to be a self-starter and to stay motivated is essential not only in school, but also in the workforce , especially if the work-from-home trend continues.  Teachers who can effectively 

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help students understand how they learn best, as well as how to find, evaluate, and understand information, will be essential in future classrooms.

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2. Game-Based Learning

The first thing to note is that game-based learning is different from gamification. Game-based learning is an approach to learning that purposefully applies gaming principles to help students achieve specific learning objectives. Gamification is the application of gaming principles to traditional learning methods to 

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increase student engagement. Gamification by itself can play a useful role in the learning, but game-based learning makes online learning tools even more powerful.  Research suggests that game-based learning can be effective at increasing learning by helping students strategize, build problem-solving skills, and rethink their previous 

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attempts at a task to improve future strategies. Expect to see game-based learning spread to more classrooms in 2022!

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3. AI-Driven Learning

Artificial intelligence also was part of our 2021 list of education trends, and it continues as a major trend.  AI is not about replacing teachers but about allowing for  data-driven decisions that impact the classroom and students.  With COVID-related reductions in teaching staff, AI teaching 

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assistants and automated grading systems are especially welcomed in most schools.  Why not automate the tedious time-killing tasks so teachers can do what they do best: teaching and facilitating learning?

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4. Science of Learning

We’ve come to realize that there is no “one size fits all” in education and that there is value in appreciating different methodologies and strategies in learning.  Cognitive scientists have a deeper understanding of which learning experiences are more impactful on the brain, but, historically, their research hasn’t been fully considered in 

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education. Fortunately, more of us are starting to pay attention! The science of learning is the body of research about how we learn, as studied by scientists in fields ranging from neuroscience to psychology to computer science.  The aim of this research is to optimize learning for all students, and educators are 

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increasingly interested in learning more about it.

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5. Online Learning

While online learning was the bane of many parents’ and teachers’ existence in the first months of the pandemic, it now appears to be here to stay.  We had to change the way we taught and develop new strategies for student engagement as government agencies and various companies worked frantically to provide digital content that 

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 was aligned to all state standards. Many educators are embracing the option of recording a lesson as they are teaching it virtually so students can watch it again (or for the first time!) later.  Recorded lessons allow struggling students to have more in-depth or slower-paced instruction while advanced 

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students can be challenged to move forward on their own.

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