The world is always changing and before we know it there will be new gadgets at our fingertips. But for now, these are the latest tech trends your kids may be experimenting with this school year.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer technology that mimics an environment, putting its users in an alternate universe. This new brand of technology is sweeping companies worldwide and is not just being used for gaming. It is predicted that in 2016, VR will be making an appearance in the classroom. With the ability to put students in an alternative reality together, the technology will foster teamwork and creativity. Google has already launched a campaign in the US, distributing cardboard VR devices to schools for students to get introduced to the technology.
Tablet and Laptops
While some schools are kickin’ it old school with paper and pen, others are going the more technical, innovative route. Laptops and tablets could be the new thing in classrooms in 2016 to assist kids in taking notes and learning during lectures. Although some are apprehensive about the technology being a distraction, others think it will foster efficiency and be easier for students to learn. International schools in Shanghai are torn on the subject, but this may be a changing tide.
Wearable technology is the hot new thing in both kids and adults trying to stay more active. While it can help those who want to lose weight or keep track of calories burned, educators are also taking advantage of the new trend. Some schools have created wearable-themed events and workshops to introduce students to mechanical design by analyzing the new technology. It is also helping educators track students on field trips through a GPS location system.
3D printers create three-dimensional objects under a computer-controlled system. This technology has been all the rage in hospitals and engineering institutions over the past few years, but it are now becoming more accessible to schools and universities. Educators and students alike find it to be a fascinating teaching tool that makes students’ designs come to life. These new printers help students grow in their engineering skills and push the boundaries on what can be possible.