Its about time for the students in industrialized nations to head back to school. Although most learners no longer work in the fields during the summer, they still get summers off. But instead of work they’re spending hours upon hours scrolling through their favorite social conditioning media apps; not only losing out on valuable earning potential, but also missing out on the opportunity to further increase their academic aptitude. Learners also come in all shapes, sizes, and ages these days. Gone are the days when school age was between 2 and 22, and here are the days where the student population is getting increasingly older as they reeducate themselves for jobs that they never thought would exist. This is why we’re going to outline the top 5 educational trends we at Djedi Learning think will have the biggest impact on all learners during the 19-20 school year.
The end of summer is the time of year when peoples timelines fill up with pictures of their friends childrens first day of school. Or at least their child’s first day of the school year. And still for others, its just the first pic of their child that they're going to post that day. This phenomenon is starting to be known as sharenting. Sharenting simply refers to parents posting information about their children on-line; most of the time without their childrens knowledge, let alone permission. It is estimated that people now post an average of roughly 1500 pictures of their children on-line by the time the child is 5-years-old. Caution must be exercised as these photos may end up in unexpected places, such as websites that promote various forms of pedophilia. (Kamanetz, 2019) There is currently legislation that addresses childrens on-line protections in the United States which is known as the Childrens On-Line Privacy Protection Act or COPPA. (Commission, 2013) Sharents can decrease the chances that their childrens info will end up in the wrong place by simply waiting until their children are old enough to decide if they would like their picture posted on-line. And finally children who are old enough to decide should be asked if their pictures can be posted. (Kamanetz, 2019)
Most people enjoy a good game and its been demonstrated that turning a task into a game makes that task easier to accomplish. The process of turning a task into a game is coined gamification. The application of gamification to learning is probably as old as the human condition itself. Kindezi, the Kongo art of babysitting, has as one of its tenets the idea that children roughly pre-school age should be playing and imitating as much as possible in order to speed up the process of learning. (Fu-Kiau et al., 1988) This idea can be applied to adults as well as children. Gamification has the power to change academic and extracurricular activities by maximizing motivation through the stirring up of the competitive spirit. And with advances in technology it is becoming easier to apply reinforcement in the form of badges and positions on the leaderboard to particular learning outcomes. (Paperhelp, 2019)
The next trend that we think will have a game-changing impact on education during the current school year is personalized learning. Since the time of antiquity in central and east Africa it has been known that personalized learning was an elite educational concept as evidenced by its use in educational systems such as the apprenticeship or the personal tutor.
(Williams, 1988) From now on apprenticeships and personal tutors are going to be increasingly powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR). It is expected that the use of AI in US classrooms will increase by 47.5% in the next 3 years. (Marr, ) And with 75% of students owning smartphones, gamified AR is going to be a staple in upper echelon educational institutions for the foreseeable future. (Aleksandrova, 2018) We can’t get more personal than that!
Reeducation and employment opportunity is a trend that seems to always be a hot topic in the field of education as these are two of the primary reasons why one seeks higher learning. The reeducation piece is of the utmost importance in todays society due to the high number of individuals of adult age learning new skills and sharpening old ones to get a foothold in the door of the job market. If one seeks the path of advanced degrees and a highly specialized skill set, then jobs such as tax manager, physicians assistant, and data scientist are all positions that foster strong career opportunities at other companies, pay well above the U.S. median base salary ($53,411) and are in demand in todays labor market. (Fottrell, 2019) If you would like to travel the less academic path but are still in possession of some pretty good social-skills, then retail positions at companies such as Costco, Home Depot, or Big Lots pay above minimum wage and have comprehensive benefits packages such as educational assistance. (Best, 2019)
This last trend has been called the way of the future by some. It goes by the moniker hybrid homeschooling. This is where you receive some form of your education at home while also attending more formal educational institutions such as tutoring centers and comprehensive schools. (Paperhelp, 2019)
Hybrid homeschooling is the form that the Djed Institute of Learning has decided to take as this structure has the benefits of allowing students to sleep-in, participate in family activities that usually occur during the school day, and learn what they want, when they want. All of these benefits have been linked to increased learning ability. This highly efficient style of learning has demonstrated its effectiveness in many African countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana. (Tooley, 2009) It is good to see that this trend is now reaching the rest of the world.
Those were 5 of the top educational trends that we at Djedi Learning see as having a major impact on education as people get ready to go Black 2 School for the 19-20 school year. These trends have a particular importance to communities of African descent as they will soon be the means by which communities can stabilize themselves and begin to endure. Whether you’re gearing up for that first day of the semester or stepping back into the labor pool after a career change, these trends will definitely connect with you this school year.