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What’s in store for the edtech market in 2020

Jacob Dunn

Educational technology is rapidly expanding with many apps emerging on the market. Many promise real learning outcomes by sparking creative thinking in young people born in an era dominated by screens. It has become a real challenge to show students and school administrators the solutions technology carries. If one thing the global COVID crisis has shown, it’s that there is a way to develop edtech solutions that meet surging demand.

 

 

Edtech market trends 2020

New realities create new challenges. For edtech this is a world in lockdown and millions of students out of brick-and-mortar schools. This presents a new set of challenges — some that we’ve written about previously, like ways to avoid service outages when traffic surges suddenly, and others that are less clear-cut. Leaders in the sector are working on a range of new solutions for remote learning and are creating new and useful tools. Here’s what’s in store in 2020.

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We’re now used to the fact that technology has entered education and that more and more apps can help the teaching process regardless of the subject. Language learning apps such as Duolingo have become very popular. Young learners use technology heavily especially when it comes to gaming or social media. It’s up to teachers and parents to show the educational potential of learning apps.

One of the newest trends in edtech is to reach out to young learners and develop their interests in digital devices.  Successful implementations will require close cooperation between educators and app designers to prepare the best possible products — ones that can definitively boost learning outcomes. Here are some hot apps on the market right now.

TinyApp – one app, many functions

Everyone knows how difficult it is to follow deadlines, answer emails, and keep schedules updated. The school environment is no different. Administrators and educators do a great deal of planning. They make lesson plans, contact parents and schedule teacher-parent meetings. And this is where technology comes in handy.

Finnish pedagogical tool TinyApp, “is an application that allows teachers and schools to collect data such as daily educational activities, test scores, or attendance in a structured way – the app not only makes administrative duties easier and faster, but also tracks records, and records student development.” Not only does it help administer duties but it improves daily communication with parents.

The app is equipped with calendars and reminders so parents know what’s in store for their children. On top of that, the app has improved parent-teacher communication which directly influences learning outcomes. This system predicts and remedies difficulties before they even occur.

Don’t know which app to choose? Education Alliance Finland will help

With so many apps on the market dedicated to learning how can we know which one is worthwhile? The search for the app that will really meet our expectations turns into a real trial and error experiment. Education Alliance Finland, formerly Kokoa is a solution that will help educators make decisions as it puts edtech apps to a test and checks whether it fulfills what it promises. Once it does, EAF certifies it. This stamp of approval is a guide for teachers and saves them time as they search for the right educational apps.

“We help schools find the kind of solutions that suit their needs best, said CEO Olli Vallo in a client interview. “We conduct pedagogical evaluations and issue certificates for high-quality products and how schools are benefiting from our work is that mainly they go to our catalogue of certified products and they find good quality products from there.”

EAF as a rating application questions apps about their educational potential. Technology allows young people to put their theoretical knowledge into creative practice such as programming robots, composing songs, or making movies. Technology is no longer limited to a word processor and an internet browser, but it requires teacher commitment and creativity to use it well.

Inscripta – a note-taking assistant

Today’s fast-paced world requires students to be able to take and process notes as fast as possible. Inscripta answers this need, this every neat and smart dictation app not only records and transcribes them. Additionally, it supports any language because the application is able to learn new vocabulary and recognize new languages. That will prove extremely helpful in the university environment, lectures and conferences, but also while brainstorming and working on various school projects. Note-taking has never been easier.

What does the future hold for edtech?

One big driver of edtech innovation is the COVID crisis this year. As millions of students remain out of traditional schools, new solutions need to keep up. Education systems should seize the momentum and develop new tools. Schools have noticed that testing and examinations are not the best way to check students’ knowledge. From a pedagogical point of view, this is crucial and very beneficial. The assessment will be done through technology because it is the only solution that allows real-time and continuous teacher-student-parent contact. Edtech will change schools and general approach to the learning process.

 

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