We know more now about how people learn than ever before. With these new insights comes a great responsibility to improve the educational experience for students as well as teachers—and thanks to a whole slew of trends, we have many options to do just that.
Here are four of our favorites:
Tinkering is one of the best ways to learn about something. In maker-based curriculum, students can experiment, create and collaborate while exploring through the challenge of making things. School “makerspaces” are a breeding ground for innovation, helping students solve problems through creative and technical exploration.
Blended learning combines the best of in-classroom instruction with online technology and adaptive learning technologies. By harnessing learning in a digital space - and the data it provides -, teachers are empowered to better differentiate instruction for individual learners.
A student’s home and community life has a huge impact on their ability to learn. Through integrating family and social support into the learning experience, educators and administrators are able to help students gain lifelong skills like self-awareness, responsibility and decision making, and building healthy relationships.
One of the most powerful ways we can improve education is by looking at what is working, then building from there. The increase in a school's or district’s ability to gather meaningful data points creates a new universe of information that educators and administrators can use to build a better educational experience.