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5 Trends shaping the future of K-12 learning

August 14, 2023 Erin Browner

In a new survey, educators and administrators provide insights on the major shifts happening in classrooms right now.

In the rapidly evolving landscape of education, technology has become an indispensable tool for both students and educators. Edtech companies offer these tools, but educators are the ones truly shaping the modern classroom. And at the end of the day, educators, administrators, edtech companies—are all driven by the same question: How can more students be connected to a world of learning?

To find out, we conducted a survey of 1,500 educators, administrators, and edtech companies, focusing on topics like artificial intelligence (AI) and the impact of edtech on student learning. The survey results highlight edtech’s role in relieving educator workloads and the growing need for personalized learning support.

In this article, we explore two key trends shaping the future of classrooms. Uncover all five critical insights by downloading the full report: Classroom of the Future Report 2023

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Key trend #1: Edtech relieves workload from teachers

Amidst the demands of modern education, edtech emerges as a tool to support educators.

68% of teachers and 74% of administrators attribute improvements in teacher effectiveness to the integration of edtech tools.

As part of this evolution, several prominent edtech partners are spearheading efforts to streamline workflows for educators. 

For instance, Canva simplifies the creation of visually engaging classroom materials, saving valuable time for busy educators. BrainPOP provides animated curricula resources that reduce lesson planning efforts while making complex concepts more accessible. And IXL stands out for its adaptive approach – by catering to each student’s strengths and weaknesses, they enable teachers to deliver more targeted instruction.

Key trend #2: Personalized edtech supports diverse learners

The survey brought to light a key need: more personalized support for diverse learners.

Among educators, 70% expressed a need for more edtech tools that cater to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans. Administrators also acknowledged this need, with 50% recognizing the requirement for enhanced edtech support for these students. 

This demand prompts an incredible opportunity for edtech to play in creating an inclusive educational environment. By offering tools that adapt to various learning styles and requirements, edtech companies can empower educators to meet the needs of every student, ensuring equitable access to quality education.

Among educators, 70% expressed a need for more edtech tools that cater to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 plans. Administrators also acknowledged this need, with 50% recognizing the requirement for enhanced edtech support for these students. 

This demand prompts an incredible opportunity for edtech to play in creating an inclusive educational environment. By offering tools that adapt to various learning styles and requirements, edtech companies can empower educators to meet the needs of every student, ensuring equitable access to quality education.

What’s next? Embrace the K-12 revolution

With the Classrooms of the Future Report, our mission is to amplify K-12 educators’ voices and provide insights to decision-makers for better student support. With the rise of AI, tackling pandemic-induced learning loss with personalized learning, and a steadfast commitment to technology, we lead an educational revolution. It’s time to embrace this paradigm shift and pave the way for a brighter future in education.

For visionaries and changemakers—seize the moment. These trends are already shaping K-12 learning today. By equipping our educators with cutting-edge edtech tools, we free them from unnecessary burdens. Let’s forge an educational landscape where equity thrives. 

“Edtech is here to stay, and the rise of AI will have an inevitable impact on the future of teaching and learning. As we look ahead, edtech that addresses the needs of all students, while also helping teachers navigate evolving classrooms, will have the most impact.”

—Trish Sparks, CEO of Clever
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