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Top 100 Education Trends of 2016

From Dinosaur Egg Museums to Open-Source Learning Apps

— January 30, 2017 — Social Good
For children learning how they can make an impact on the world or for adults who want to better create their own impact, the 2016 education trends show the importance of gaining new skills and knowledge no matter one's age. After all, our 2017 Trend Report makes it clear that things are constantly changing, and education is the only way to keep up.

For kids, educators are increasingly focusing on teaching the basics of coding at an early age. Whereas coding not long ago was a niche option in schools and extracurricular programs, the 'Glicode' Pocky-themed coding game and the 'Kode with Klossy' camp show how important those skills have become for success today.

Of course, adults can stand to gain from education as well. Social good campaigns frequently work to change societal impressions around important issues. Emma Watson's HeforShe organization, for instance, has been working to get thorough sexual assault briefings into universities around the world.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Literacy-Promoting Workshops
Literacy-Promoting Workshops
The World Book Day 2016 Event Includes School Workshops
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99
OCD Support Networks
OCD Support Networks
The 'Intrusive Thoughts' Website is Designed to Help Those with OCD
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98
Feminist Presidental Essays
Feminist Presidental Essays
Barack Obama Explained the Damage of Gender Stereotypes for Glamour
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97
VR Peacekeeping Games
VR Peacekeeping Games
This Online Role-Playing Game Teaches Peacekeeping Skills
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96
Holistic Homework Apps
Holistic Homework Apps
This App Lets Students Monitor and Augment Their Homework Projects
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95
Infant-Friendly Museum Tours
Infant-Friendly Museum Tours
This Museum Hosts a 'Baby & Me' Tour for Parents and Their Children
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94
3D-Printable Skeleton Models
3D-Printable Skeleton Models
These Skeleton Models Can Be Download and 3D-Printed By Students
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93
Toddler-Friendly Nature Programs
Toddler-Friendly Nature Programs
The Sprouts Parent and Tot Play Program Helps Kids Explore Nature
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92
Prestigious Online University Courses
Prestigious Online University Courses
The University of Oxford's MOOC is a Free Economics Course
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91
Visible Minority Coding Bootcamps
Visible Minority Coding Bootcamps
The Telegraph Academy Focuses on Black and Latin Peoples
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90
Tuition-Free Architecture Schools
Tuition-Free Architecture Schools
The Free School of Architecture will Open in 2017 in Los Angeles
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89
Cybersecurity Training Programs
Cybersecurity Training Programs
The Launch of 'CyberVista' Was Made Official at CES 2016
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88
Interactive Math Apps
Interactive Math Apps
The 'Go Math! Go' App Improves Math Learning Through Positive Encouragement
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87
Education-Promoting Stationary Bikes
Education-Promoting Stationary Bikes
The Green Microcycle Allows Kids to Move as They Learn
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86
Monetary Advice Texting Platforms
Monetary Advice Texting Platforms
NextGenVest's Financial Aid Service Helps Students Navigate Debt
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85
Preventative Assault Campaigns
Preventative Assault Campaigns
The Emma Watson HeForShe Campaign is Now Focusing on Universities
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84
Mobile Micro Courses
Mobile Micro Courses
Mimo Teaches You Computer Science Skills During Your Commute and Down Time
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83
VR-Enabled Educational Programs
VR-Enabled Educational Programs
The VR Content from Lifeliqe is Designed to Keep Students Engaged
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82
Peer-to-Peer Coding Workshops
Peer-to-Peer Coding Workshops
This Organization Gives Kids an Opportunity to Teach Other Kids
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81
Girls Coding Camps
Girls Coding Camps
Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss is Running a Summer Code Camp for Youth
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80
Litigious VR Experiences
Litigious VR Experiences
The University of Westminster is Using VR to Teach Cases to Law Students
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79
Kingpin Series Language Lessons
Kingpin Series Language Lessons
Babbel's 'Speak Spanish Like El Patron' Teaches with 'Narcos'
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78
Educational Shark Books
Educational Shark Books
'Smart About Sharks' Teaches Kids and Adults Fun Shark Facts
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77
Apocalyptic Antarctic Apps
Apocalyptic Antarctic Apps
This Interactive Game Spells Out the Plight Of Antarctica's Penguins
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76
Linguistically Derived Translators
Linguistically Derived Translators
The Ludwig Search Engine Helps Users Write English Phrases
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75
Social Media Coding Apps
Social Media Coding Apps
'Vidcode' Teaches Girls to Code by Incorporating Social Media Tropes
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74
Visual School Vocabulary Apps
Visual School Vocabulary Apps
This App Helps Children Get to Know People and Objects at School
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73
Gamified Math Apps
Gamified Math Apps
This App Lets Teenagers Use Math Skills to Solve In-Game Problems
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72
Child-Centric Coding Apps
Child-Centric Coding Apps
The GoldieBlox App Aims to Teach Coding Skills to Young Children
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71
Green Urban Planning Games
Green Urban Planning Games
Urban Climate Architect Lets Players Build and Protect Their City
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70
Prison Education Tablets
Prison Education Tablets
Edovo Uses Specially Designed Tablets to Educate the Incarcerated
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69
Creative Education Platforms
Creative Education Platforms
'Crehana' is Like the Spotify of Creative Training
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68
Free Elementary Architecture Classes
Free Elementary Architecture Classes
The Alberti Program is Run by Washington University
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67
Empowering Girl-Targeted Magazines
Empowering Girl-Targeted Magazines
This Print Magazine Aims to Empower Young Girls
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66
Homework Help Apps
Homework Help Apps
Tutor App GotIt! is an Inexpensive Solution for Math and Science Advice
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65
Female-Focused Tech Competitions
Female-Focused Tech Competitions
The 'Built By Girls' Challenge Helps Teens Explore Their Ideas
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64
Refugee Coding Classes
Refugee Coding Classes
This Tech School for Refugees Helps Migrants Find New Jobs
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63
Classroom Chat Bots
Classroom Chat Bots
Slack Bot Litlbot Facilitates Classroom Interaction for Students and Teachers
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62
Educational Modding Startups
Educational Modding Startups
The Code Kingdoms Startup Offers Minecraft Modding Tutorials
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61
On-Demand Tutor Apps
On-Demand Tutor Apps
The GooRoo App Helps Students Access Rapid Academic Mentoring
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60
Open-Source Learning Apps
Open-Source Learning Apps
The Moodle App Lets Students Continue Learning When Offline
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59
Accent-Ameliorating Chat Bots
Accent-Ameliorating Chat Bots
ELSA is a Virtual Pronunciation Coach and Mobile App for Accents
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58
Educational Crayon Sets
Educational Crayon Sets
These Crayons Help Children Learn the Periodic Table of Elements
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57
Loan Repayment Apps
Loan Repayment Apps
Student Loan Management System CommonCents Works Using Your Spare Change
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56
Happiness-Focused Research Centers
Happiness-Focused Research Centers
Harvard's Center for Happiness Will Promote and Study Happiness
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55
Theological Debate Apps
Theological Debate Apps
The Atheos App Helps Atheist Debate God's Existence With Believers
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54
Language-Teaching Robots
Language-Teaching Robots
The 'L2TOR' Robot is Designed to Help Students Learn Languages Faster
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53
Educational Diabetic Dolls
Educational Diabetic Dolls
The American Girl Diabetes Care Kit Teaches Young Girls About Illness
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52
On-Demand Education Apps
On-Demand Education Apps
The On-Teach App Instantly Connects Students with Teachers
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51
Female-Only Bike Clubs
Female-Only Bike Clubs
The 'Bad Girls Bike Club' is a Safe Space for Women to Learn About Cycling
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50
Social Media Prison Programs
Social Media Prison Programs
The Tweet from a Prison Program Teaches Female Inmates New Skills
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49
Augmented Reality History Apps
Augmented Reality History Apps
This Pokemon Go-Inspired App Helps You Get To Know Moscow
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48
Braille Art Exhibitions
Braille Art Exhibitions
'Hope in Darkness' Introduces Peru's First Inclusive Art Show
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47
Civil Rights Era Dolls
Civil Rights Era Dolls
This Historical Doll Teaches Young Girls About the Civil Rights Movement
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46
On-Demand Tutor Apps
On-Demand Tutor Apps
The 'Mentored' App Connects Students With Educators
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45
VR Shakespearean Performances
VR Shakespearean Performances
The 'I-CAVE' Project Brings Shakespeare to Life with Virtual Reality
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44
Conversational Language-Learning Apps
Conversational Language-Learning Apps
The 'Lingbe' App Connects Users with Native Speakers
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43
Educational VR Mapping Games
Educational VR Mapping Games
'Verne: The Himalayas' Teaches Kids About the Eastern Mountain Range
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42
Biological VR Experiences
Biological VR Experiences
'The Body VR' is an Educational Trip Through the Human Body
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41
Instructional Music Apps
Instructional Music Apps
The 'Scalebook' App is Designed to Help Violinists Improve Their Scales
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40
Interactive Science Exhibits
Interactive Science Exhibits
These Discovery Rooms Promote Adult-Child Interaction and Cooperation
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39
Educational Electronics Kits
Educational Electronics Kits
Play Lab's Kits Encourage Children to Explore and Enjoy Electronics
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38
Crystal Growing Kits
Crystal Growing Kits
The Lightsaber Crystal Growing Lab Allows Kids to Create Real Crystals
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37
Accessible Coding Devices
Accessible Coding Devices
The FUZEBOX is a Coding Gadget That Can Be Used with Nearly Any Device
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36
Syrian Apartment Replicas
Syrian Apartment Replicas
IKEA's '25 Square Metres of Syria' Replicates a Syrian Home
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35
Historical VR Experiences
Historical VR Experiences
This VR Experience Will Recreate Anne Frank's Holocaust Story
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34
Earth Day Walking Tours
Earth Day Walking Tours
This Walking Tour Takes Participants to Green Sites Across New York City
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33
Plus-Size Fashion Exhibits
Plus-Size Fashion Exhibits
The 'Beyond Measure' Exhibit Explores the History of Plus-Size Women
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32
Tactile Art Collections
Tactile Art Collections
This Company Creates Touchable Reproductions of Famous Paintings
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31
Medical Teaching Toys
Medical Teaching Toys
The Gomo Doll Helps Doctors Teach Kids About Their Ailments
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30
Empowering Holographic Events
Empowering Holographic Events
The 'Lift Her Up' Campaign Celebrates International Women's Day 2016
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29
Superhero Science Kits
Superhero Science Kits
The Spider-Man Web Creator Lab Lets Kids Create Their Own Spider Webs
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28
STEM App Subscription Programs
STEM App Subscription Programs
The Hopscotch App Makes STEM Learning More Accessible to Kids
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27
Climate Change Video Games
Climate Change Video Games
'ECO' is an Environmental Game for Children by Strange Loop Games
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26
Culture-Connecting Kiosks
Culture-Connecting Kiosks
The American Museum of Natural History Uses Digital Totems to Share Data
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25
Tablet-Connected Building Blocks
Tablet-Connected Building Blocks
This Toy Bridges the Gap Between Physical and Digital Play
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24
Educational Fast Food Promotions
Educational Fast Food Promotions
This Chain Offers Free WiFi to Students Who Can Pass an Exam
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23
Educational Gang Games
Educational Gang Games
'The Sky is the Limit' is a Board Game That Explores the Dangers of Gangs
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22
Socially Responsible Design Exhibits
Socially Responsible Design Exhibits
The Cooper Hewitt Exhibit Addresses Many Social Concerns
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21
Parent-Centered Cannabis Ads
Parent-Centered Cannabis Ads
The CDPHE Tells Parents to Educate Their Kids on Safe Marijuana Use
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20
DIY Historical Coloring Books
DIY Historical Coloring Books
These Institutions are Creating Coloring Books from Historical Art
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19
Unobtainable Body Parodies
Unobtainable Body Parodies
Buzzfeed Shows Men Trying to Fit into the Ideal Female Body Image
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18
Educational Cryptography Games
Educational Cryptography Games
PocketBlock Teaches Adolescents About the Details of Cryptography
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17
Educational Flashcard Apps
Educational Flashcard Apps
Tinycards Expands on the Concept of Flashcards by Making Them Digital
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16
Mindfulness Coaching Apps
Mindfulness Coaching Apps
Mazlo Offers Personalized Learning with Text Message Coaching Sessions
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15
Educational Jewelry Initiatives
Educational Jewelry Initiatives
Tiffany & Co's 'Keys for a Cause' Initiative Empowers Saudi Women
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14
Social Good Shoe Brands
Social Good Shoe Brands
The Common Ground Footwear Brand Desigs Shoes to Promote Social Awareness
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13
Dinosaur Egg Museums
Dinosaur Egg Museums
Qinglong Mountain Geopark's Museum Highlights Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs
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12
Eco-Friendly Card Games
Eco-Friendly Card Games
'Go Eco' Teaches Players About Conserving the Environment
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11
Educational Condom Vending Machines
Educational Condom Vending Machines
These Vending Machines are Designed to Promote Safe Sex
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10
Educational Empire-Building Games
Educational Empire-Building Games
'CivilizationEDU' Helps Students Think Critically About History
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9
Pop-Up Cubic Libraries
Pop-Up Cubic Libraries
The Mobile Library Project Makes Reading More Accessible in Seoul
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8
App-Copying Code Platforms
App-Copying Code Platforms
Cloneable is an App Development Platform That Teaches You How to Code
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7
DIY Computer Kits
DIY Computer Kits
The 'Kano Computer Kit' Teaches Children How to Build a Computer from Scratch
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6
Candy-Themed Coding Games
Candy-Themed Coding Games
The 'Glicode' App is Pocky's Attempt to Teach Kids about Coding
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5
Lighthearted Anxiety Illustrations
Lighthearted Anxiety Illustrations
This Artist Shows the Emotions That Come with Anxiety Problems
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4
Empathy-Building Playsets
Empathy-Building Playsets
'The Empathy Toy' Set for Kids is a Unique Family Puzzle Game
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3
Educational Menstrual Cycle Games
Educational Menstrual Cycle Games
This Board Game Shifts Tween Perspectives on Periods
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2
Practical Interactive Periodic Tables
Practical Interactive Periodic Tables
Keith Enevoldsen's Table Shows How the Elements Get Used
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1
Produce-Growing Preschools
Produce-Growing Preschools
This Eco-Friendly Preschool Doubles as an Urban Farm
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