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Best of 2014: K12 Education Trends

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Each year, technology advances ignite excitement and change throughout the education world. For 2014, education trends specifically in the K12 area were a healthy mix of digital tools, classroom ingenuity and a handful of both controversial and creative movements. Here’s our Best of 2014: K12 Education Trends.

1. Digital Citizenship

The need for empowering policies that teach students how to use technology responsibly proved to be a welcomed addition in schools. The Edutopia article: Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency by Andrew Marcinek helps explain the benefits of applying digital citizenship with students.

2. Exercise in the Classroom

With standing desks and healthy work-life balance making an impact with adults, it’s no wonder educators are trying to incorporate more exercise time with students into the day. One example involved the Read and Ride program. Read about how the program worked for this school.

3. STEAM

After lawmakers realized there is still a need for arts integration in core academic education, the arts once again gained steam and proponents advocated STEM to STEAM.

4. Non-Traditional Classrooms

The Flipped Classroom

“The Flipped Classroom.” Photo credit: AJC1 / Foter / CC BY-SA

Flipping traditional classrooms, allowing students to bring mobile devices to school, focusing on projects, and experimenting with virtual classroom models injected some more innovative teaching methods into schools.

5. Cloud-Based Tools

Tools like Google Classroom have transformed everything. Now assignments can be worked on digitally saving both paper and maximizing homework organization.

6. Social Networking for Schools

Social media in schools isn’t limited to the definition of Facebook and Twitter. Tools specifically for the classroom like Edmodo continue to flourish.

7. Educational Gaming

Research has noted that educational games can facilitate deep learning. Even “digital badges” earned through skills and achievements recognized for acquiring them have become games in themselves, encouraging students to continue learning and growing.

8. Maker-Spaces

The Maker movement gave educators and students ideas for inventing, creating and exploring all types of things both science-related and beyond.

9. Common Core

The Common Core movement has been stirring controversy from implementation. Regardless, it’s gaining traction and remains a topic of debate in schools.

10. Mobile Device Apps Designed to Aid Learning

Mobile devices have become more prominent in classrooms, and along with them are apps designed to enhance the learning experience. Everything from reading to math can be explored through a fun well-designed app.

What trends did you notice this year? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at #ProQuest!