7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 – OEDB.org

CC Licensed. Credit Flickr user kakissel

CC Licensed. Credit Flickr user kakissel

Technology trends in both higher ed and K-12 classrooms continue to evolve and transform traditional learning environments. New learning analytics, mobile devices, open online learning, and 3D printers are some of the many Educational technology trends to be on the lookout for in 2014.  Here’s a detailed discussion.

1) 3D Printing

3D Printers which enable makers to create whatever they can imagine and design have exploded into mainstream culture over the past year.  Libraries are creating DIY makerspaces and providing these new tools of production to their communities along with opportunities for skill-building in math and engineering which are required to design 3D objects.  And schools aren’t far behind, realizing the many educational possibilities of the devices.

The Poland and Hong Kong based GADGETS3D  has launched an initiative called the “3D Printer in Every School” project in which they have designed a low cost, small 3D printer specifically created for the classroom.  Schools will be able to purchase the RepRap G3D printer for $245 as part of an educational kit.  They will also be donating to a free printer to 500 schools around the world.  The printers will be able to be access remotely by students doing homework, via their smartphones. The NYC-based MakerBot Academy has launched an initiative to put a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer in every school in the United States of America by crowdfunding the costs.

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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 – OEDB.org.

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