What can we expect to see in the educational sphere this year? The following are the biggest trends hitting the education world in 2021:
COVID-19 had effects on everyone, including and perhaps especially kids. Kids had to adjust to new ways of learning overnight. Combine that with the general anxiety in the world, attention spans got shorter. That’s where nanolearning comes in. What is nanolearning? Nanolearning is a bite-sized learning solution. It involves providing students with information in smaller amounts, over a shorter period of time. This trend was obviously necessary in order to accommodate the worlds’ children trying to learn. But look for this trend to continue in and past 2021, as students have become accustomed to it now.
Project-based learning is a teaching method that actively engages the students in real-life projects. The idea is that students ‘learn by doing’, with teachers acting as the hands-on facilitator. Again, this trend was necessitated by the circumstances, but it is likely here to stay. Students truly understand an idea or concept when they are immersed in it, and 2020 gave us that opportunity. For instance, if a first-grade class is learning about streams, students can simply visit a local stream and observe it for themselves, rather than read about it and complete a worksheet.
Permanent Online Schooling
In 2020, online schooling was necessary for everyone’s health and safety. It proved to be rather popular with most students and parents though, so prepare for online schooling to be the new normal. Not only is it flexible and cost-effective, it’s also accessible to a wider range of learners as it removes the concept of ‘location’. Therefore, it can be seen as breaking down barriers in education and opening up the door to a wider pool of students.
There is nothing quite like a pandemic to alter trends in the education system and world. In 2021, you can expect to see nanolearning, project-based learning, and permanent online schooling.