BETT 22 in London discovered global trends in digital learning.
Three exciting London fair days are behind us. We came back with full baggage of inspiration from exhibitors and visitors. Find out what are the hottest trends in the EdTech industry!
On March 23-25 2022, we attended the most prominent education technology BETT 2022 show, which gathered more than 550 EdTech providers and over 20 000 visitors. We benefited from many hours of inspirational speech content, an occasion to network with industry key players and opportunity to learn about new, innovative products from hundreds of solution providers.
The future of education is now.
We are in the process of digitization
The general trend is clear and irreversible. All worldwide education is going toward digitization, using the latest technologies to provide learning more engaging, exciting and personalized. The requirements of younger generations (both students and teachers) are growing and the educational publishers and edtech disruptors compete in finding new attractive solutions to attract them. After the difficult time during the pandemia when they were forced to use the technology on an everyday basis teachers and students are getting back to school.
Will technology have the same position in their everyday practice as it had when we all were closed at home? Most probably, during the first months, both students and teachers will enjoy direct real-life contact but surely they will combine it with the experience gained using the technology to support their teaching and learning. Both teachers and sStudents want to have constant access to electronic communication systems, LMSes and educational resources. The response to curiosity and the high demands of younger generations is found in the application of interactivity or VR and AR solutions in educational resources. Moreover, there is a constant need to have access to educational materials every time and everywhere. Traditional paper books will remain the voice of memory or the base for conversion on eContent.
Technology resistance? No more.
London BETT showed how technology is important in the constantly changing education world. We’ve observed that most publishers are adapting to trends, offering more and more digital content. We’ve seen that governments and Ministries of Education are ready to change their local education with technologies. A great example is the presence of the Ministry of Education (MoE) from Saudi Arabia, which was looking for European partners to speed up its digital transformation.
Behind the technology is a raft of collaboration solutions and their integration, building a more open and accessible ecosystem for all levels – from students to MoEs.
We are happy to recognise that more and more publishers are interested in more sophisticated solutions. We were seriously surprised about really advanced questions concerning the capabilities of our technologies (e.g adaptive learning paths or WCAG compliance) asked by more and more publishers. Such advanced technologies have already been available for some time, but we see there is a real interest to implement them on a larger scale now.
Interaction is the new key to education
The Bett exhibitors showed products focused on interaction as the new key to education. Visiting students experienced how interactive technology can be funny, interesting and powerful. We’ve observed children more willingly engaged in interactive educational games, and robots showing them how to learn more effectively. It gives the precious lesson of how to grab the attention of students during everyday classes.
Three aims for educational technology
Interaction was also the most frequently used word describing the products and needs of the teachers’ community. EdTech solutions aim for students to grow, but their final results depend on major perspectives on the teachers’ embrace of online or interactive classes. The Bett exhibitors agree that their high-tech solutions gradually displace obsolete tools and teaching methodology. Interactive learning spaces are now a precious addition that is changing into the standard of supporting the teachers.
The second aim is to simplify education. The digital materials add an unparalleled value to lessons, engaging all students in active learning and making teaching job even more interesting. Inspiring simulations, virtual tours, conducting experiments or even frog dissections can easily take place in every virtual or stationary classroom.
The third is to support students with disabilities or special educational needs. Accessible robotics, customized VR and AR environments or WCAG compliant interactive resources make specialized education more attractive and more effective at the same time. Moreover all results are easy to measure due to the ongoing monitoring and assessment processes based on big data. We are very happy to recognise it as Learnetic is a world-wide leader in providing tools and technologies supporting WCAG compliant eContent development.
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PS We want to thank all our visitors, guests, and experts from the education community for visiting us, sharing your knowledge and digital insights. It was really great to see you all in person, learn about your observations and discuss all the recent trends in education.
Thank you for shaping the future of education with us!
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