IT administrators and educators in K–12 need to integrate technology in meaningful and intentional ways. K-12 classroom technologies are trending because they improve the educational experience for students, teachers, and IT leaders. The pandemic jump-started this trend and allowed educators to understand the value of technology in K-12 education. Knowing this, we’ve analysed the top three K-12 classroom technology trends to watch out for in 2023.
For many years, K-12 schools were not necessarily a prime target for cybercrime, but that rapidly changed with the onset of the pandemic. This is because, in K-12 education, educators rely on technology and data to facilitate learning. In addition, schools store financial and personal information, making them a target for cybercriminals. The K–12 Cybersecurity Act is the first US cybersecurity-focused law for K–12 institutions, signed by President Joe Biden. The act has made cybersecurity in K-12 education an upcoming trend which we will see more of in the coming years. These technologies are being incorporated in K-12 classrooms as many more students use devices like Chromebooks, which are susceptible to malware and viruses. EdTechs such as Cybrary and Thrive DX help make cybersecurity more manageable for understaffed IT teams in K–12 environments because their platforms offer cybersecurity-based workforce education and training services.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Another K-12 classroom technology trend to watch out for in 2023 is artificial intelligence and machine learning tools such as voice assistants that help manage classrooms and AI-powered content filtering. Artificial Intelligence in K-12 classroom technology is growing exponentially as 47% of learning management tools will be enabled with AI capabilities in the next three years. Teacher task assistant tools like Querium and Cognii use artificial intelligence to help automate grading tests and evaluate essay-type answers. AI technology has revolutionized the development of student writing software services. For example, Grammarly uses AI to check for grammar and plagiarism.
Chromebooks and Cloud Based Technology
Tablets and Laptops have always been helpful K-12 classroom technology tools. However, Chromebooks are gaining popularity because they are affordable, portable, and easy to use. They also provide easy-to-manage computing, allowing educators to spend more time on teaching than managing classroom technology. In addition, cloud-based software is another classroom technology trend gaining momentum in K-12 Education as students can use cloud technology to help retrieve lost information and data. Cloud-based technologies also help IT administrators move infrastructure onto the cloud to host their applications or deploy services such as data analytics, backup, and recovery.
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