The current pandemic has changed our views on technology. Some understand and embrace it. Opposingly, some prefer the “we’ve always done it this way” approach, which will hinder innovation and even possibly be dangerous.
The Driving Question
There have been many trends in technology education. According to the Christensen Institute, some trends include virtual schools, supplemental courses, and learning hubs[1. New survey uncovers the K-12 models and educational technology that will outlast the COVID-19 pandemic.].
Based on that article, the driving question was, “Are you seeing any EdTech trends emerging in your area that will outlast the pandemic?”1
The pandemic forced us to use technology for many aspects of education. Some school districts are willing to have a virtual alternative to traditional classes. Politics will pose a problem to this approach, as we have seen in Texas and other states. However, one trend that will outlast the pandemic is blended learning.
Blended learning is the use of technology in a traditional classroom to customize the learning experience of students. It existed before the pandemic, and it will continue to exist after it is over. This trend is more than a fad because it provides an idea to enhance the classroom experience giving students more control of their learning.
- Joseph Rene Corbeil, The “EdTech” Blog. ↩