2020 was a rough and unpredictable year for students and teachers, to put it mildly--and the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted some interesting learning trends

This year, education systems throughout the world were flipped upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a massive shift in how students are learning and how educators are teaching.

Now, millions of students are learning remotely and teachers are suddenly adapting their teaching plans and techniques.

As we close the chapter on 2020, education experts, parents, and students, are questioning what will 2021 bring in terms of educating K-12 students.

Here are five predictions for learning in 2021:

1. The Growing Importance of Learning Analytics

COVID-19’s disruption to education has really highlighted the importance of learning analytics. As we know, the majority of students around the world lost a huge part of their 2019-2020 school year. This likely resulted in significant learning loss. By measuring the impact of learning loss through analytics, we can help educators and administrators track how far off grade level kids are and point them in the right direction of what they can do to get them back on track. As such, I believe we’ll see more and more learning analytics applied to teaching in the coming year and beyond.

2. An Increased Focus on Student Engagement

COVID-19 caused students to learn from home pretty much overnight. We then began to notice a significant shift in student engagement. In the U.S., before the lockdown, approximately 29 percent of students reported that they were “not engaged.” Then, at the beginning of May, more than 80 percent of teachers said that student motivation was lower than it had been pre-lockdown.

This year, education systems throughout the world were flipped upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a massive shift in how students are learning and how educators are teaching.

Now, millions of students are learning remotely and teachers are suddenly adapting their teaching plans and techniques.

As we close the chapter on 2020, education experts, parents, and students, are questioning what will 2021 bring in terms of educating K-12 students.

Here are five predictions for learning in 2021:

1. The Growing Importance of Learning Analytics

COVID-19’s disruption to education has really highlighted the importance of learning analytics. As we know, the majority of students around the world lost a huge part of their 2019-2020 school year. This likely resulted in significant learning loss. By measuring the impact of learning loss through analytics, we can help educators and administrators track how far off grade level kids are and point them in the right direction of what they can do to get them back on track. As such, I believe we’ll see more and more learning analytics applied to teaching in the coming year and beyond.

2. An Increased Focus on Student Engagement

COVID-19 caused students to learn from home pretty much overnight. We then began to notice a significant shift in student engagement. In the U.S., before the lockdown, approximately 29 percent of students reported that they were “not engaged.” Then, at the beginning of May, more than 80 percent of teachers said that student motivation was lower than it had been pre-lockdown.

This lack of motivation is likely to continue over the next year, especially as we continue to experience remote and hybrid learning environments. This is an opportunity for educators to seek alternative ways to create more engaging experiences. They can look at tactical approaches such as gamification.

For example, let’s look at the subject of writing. We can turn a student’s piece of writing into a number. Then look at how many words they’ve written in a day, or what their best writing burst is over the course of a week. They can keep track of that, reach milestones, receive rewards, and improve their writing. This way, it feels like a game and not like a chore.

3. The Continued Use of Digital Tools Beyond COVID-19

There’s no question that COVID-19 has fast-tracked the use of technology in education. It has caused many teachers to adopt some kind of digital application or tool for instruction and assignments.

Through the adoption of digital tools, educators have realized the convenience and efficiency benefits of digital learning. Students handing in digital homework and having access to learning analytics, for example. Plus, there’s less work for the teacher because they don’t have to do the work on paper and then transcribe it into their student information system. And this will continue to be a trend beyond the current remote and hybrid learning environments when teachers and students are able to safely return to the classroom.

From a collaboration perspective, I believe we’ll continue to see tools like Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams being used in classrooms. They allow students who are unable to make it into the physical classroom to take part. They also open up new opportunities for students and teachers to interact with their peers around the world.
source: Read More, eSchool News

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