In 2017, learning spaces and environments are the next frontier.

We’ve seen technology infiltrate the classroom in a variety of ways, from physical technology to creating connected, global classrooms. With this integration and the use of technology in the classroom, the way learning happens has changed. Consequently, both teachers and administrators have had to recognize the impact all this change has had on the learning process and help students and the classroom adapt.

What else is ahead in 2017? Here are a few important predictions as we head into the New Year.

Generally, in 2017 we expect to see further personalization of learning tools and technology. Those in the technology side of the industry have traditionally thought of the “tools” as the devices, software and curriculum (and the network infrastructure to support this), but non-tech tools are proving to be critically important in the evolution of personalized learning, too. Learning spaces and environments are the next frontier to bring out the best in our learners.

What else is ahead in 2017? We’ll continue to see the integration of technology in the classroom, the rise of personalized learning and classroom spaces that accommodate every learning type. Below are a few important predictions as we head into the New Year.

Flipped classrooms

As teachers become more experienced in managing the flipped classroom model, they are gaining greater insights and opportunities for differentiated learning. Mobile computing devices and digital curriculum continue to play an important role both in and out of the classroom, but the physical learning environment becomes much more important as well.

The flipped classroom model uses educational technology as a means for students to study information outside of school (as opposed to during class time) through tools such as videos, slides and notes. Time in class is then spent discussing the information, with teachers offering guidance, addressing key issues or dealing with any points of difficulty that students may have. By studying the material prior to class, students can spend time asking questions with the teacher and fellow students, creating a more active and collaborative learning environment.

To execute on the promise of collaborative and adaptive curriculums, we need to provide learning spaces that are conducive to cooperative grouping strategies and individualized physical learning needs. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners all take in information differently. Teachers must recognize these differences and align their curriculum to these styles to ensure that students are accessing information the way they do best.

Schools will continue to support the integration of technology into students’ daily classroom time to assist with the flipped classroom. Tablets, laptops and desktops will be more readily available to every student and the classroom itself will need to be transformed to accommodate for less lecture style teaching and make room for more collaboration between students and teachers.

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