A Slice of the Hottest Trends in Education on Twitter
Written with ♥ by Allan Calder
Twitter is a great way to keep up with current trends no matter what your interests. The field of education is no exception. If you’re looking for the latest news and trends in education, you need look no further. So what is trending in education on the Twitterverse? Let’s take a look.
— EdTechReview (@etr_in) August 7, 2014
The tweet above takes a look at an interesting article by Mads Holmen. In a nutshell, Holmen suggests that learning and education are two very different things. Education is more formal, driven by a curriculum, but learning is something we do increasingly by ourselves through a whole host of online learning materials now available. Subjects that where once available to a select few, are now available free of charge to whoever’s interested. What does this mean for the future of formal education? It’s a little early to tell, but it poses some interesting questions.
Online education: Emerging Trends in Online Education: A Resource Guide to Massive Open Online Courses http://t.co/0C5enHkwp8
— Cathy Anderson (@CathyLAnderson) August 5, 2014
Are you familiar with MOOCs? It’s short for Massive Open Online Courses. These are usually free online courses with hundreds, if not thousands, of people enrolled at any particular time. This tweet looks at a blog post by Geo Nagaraj on different choices available to you if you’re considering participating in a MOOC. It’s just one more way education is changing and becoming more accessible.
— Rabecka Krill (@RabeckaKrill) August 5, 2014
In this final tweet we look at a thought provoking article by Anna Francesca on Four Of The Fastest Growing Trends In Education Technology. Francesca suggests four areas in which she expects technology to have a large impact on education: Learning Analytics, 3d Printing, Mobile Apps, and Game-Based Learning. Each one of these areas has the potential to reinvent how we view education and learning. Take 3D printing for example, what better way is there for the budding architect or engineer to create a scale model of their project? It’s quick, and has the potential for students to identify flaws in their designs at a much earlier point in the process.
All of the tweets we’ve looked at in this article share one common theme. They suggest an important role for technology and the online world in the future for education. How far will we take these trends? One thing’s for sure – it’s going to be an interesting ride!