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Top 90 Education Trends in 2017

From Language-Teaching Robots to Augmented Reality Globes

— January 27, 2018 — Social Good
These 2017 education trends range from comprehensive, language-teaching robots to augmented reality globes that help children learn geography in a more participatory and interactive way.

When it comes to innovative classroom tools, standouts include the Intelligent Learning Assistant, an IBM Watson-powered robot that works as a connected teacher's helper. The device does so by monitoring students' progress, as well as customizing lesson plans and assignments.

When examining the year's adult education trends, notable examples include 'Moms Can: Code,' a Pennsylvania-based initiative that helps support mothers seeking to develop new tech skills. Teaching its members to code, the venture is a promising resource for those looking to switch to a different career direction or to re-enter the work force with newfound knowledge.

Other 2017 education trends to note include socially conscious and skill-based extracurricular programs for children. Examples like Little Chef's Cooking Event introduce children to simple recipes while promoting healthy eating habits in the process. Similarly, Austin's 'Thinkery' community center replaces a traditional activity calendar with science-inspired events that are hosted inside its Innovation Lab.

Find out where the future of education is headed by referencing Trend Hunter's 2018 trend report .
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Activity
Freshness
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Surreal Higher Education Campaigns
Surreal Higher Education Campaigns
This Australian University's Ad Shows the Power of Teamwork
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89
Patience-Encouraging Autism PSAs
Patience-Encouraging Autism PSAs
This Short Video Shows How Overwhelming Some Interactions Can Be
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88
Printed Museum Artifacts
Printed Museum Artifacts
The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is Sharing Free Printed Artifacts
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87
Streamlined School Selection Apps
Streamlined School Selection Apps
This App Helps Disadvantaged New Yorkers Identify School Options
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86
Film-Inspired STEM Programs
Film-Inspired STEM Programs
'Hidden Figures' Inspired #HiddenNoMore to Promote STEM Diversity
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85
Equitable Journalism Courses
Equitable Journalism Courses
'New Architecture Writers' Offers Writing Courses for Minorities
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84
Family-Oriented University Campaigns
Family-Oriented University Campaigns
This University of Phoenix Student Ad Considers Its Alumni
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83
Diverse Tech Fellowships
Diverse Tech Fellowships
Code2040's Fellows Program for Latinx and Black Students is Now in NYC
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82
Guitar-Powered Blenders
Guitar-Powered Blenders
The Big Bang Fair Created a Fun Sound Energy Experiment to Engage Kids
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81
Educational Wordsearch Bots
Educational Wordsearch Bots
IssyBot Helps Young Kids With Reading, Spelling, and Typing Skills
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80
Shipwreck VR Simulators
Shipwreck VR Simulators
'Titanic VR' Brings the Sunken Titanic to Life for Immersive Education
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79
Product Dev Course Kits
Product Dev Course Kits
The Paisley Labs Agency in a Box Helps You Learn Product Development
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78
Exotic Caterpillar Videos
Exotic Caterpillar Videos
The Caterpillar Lab's Videos Show the Insect's Tremendous Diversity
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77
Children's Reading Festivals
Children's Reading Festivals
The WordPlay Reading Festival for Kids Encourage Childhood Literacy
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76
Saturated University Promotions
Saturated University Promotions
Deakin University's Think Young Ad Encourages Innovative Thinking
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75
Organizational Parent Platforms
Organizational Parent Platforms
'SignUpGenius' is an Online Tool to Help Parents Stay Organized
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74
Groundwater Geology Websites
Groundwater Geology Websites
This Website Helps Measure Decline Of Groundwater Levels In Houston
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73
Inspirational Science Events
Inspirational Science Events
Inspirefest Family Fringe Taught Kids About the Potential of Sciences
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72
Kid-Taught Science Lessons
Kid-Taught Science Lessons
'Tornado in a Jar' is from the Oliver's Science Lab YouTube Series
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71
Streamlined Supplies Sites
Streamlined Supplies Sites
TeacherLists Makes It Easy to Get Ready for the Back-to-School Season
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70
Rapper-Led Career Workshops
Rapper-Led Career Workshops
Big Sean's 'Mogul Prep' Initiative Aims to Decrease Unemployment Rates
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69
Ghanaian E-Learning Platforms
Ghanaian E-Learning Platforms
The Ghanaian Web Platform eCampus Educates Students Online
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68
Revision-Focused Student Software
Revision-Focused Student Software
The Startup Offers Productivity-Enhancing Online Course Software
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67
Linguistic Heritage Apps
Linguistic Heritage Apps
The Nubi Language App Seeks to Protect Ancient Egyptian Heritage
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66
Virtual Reality Storytelling Films
Virtual Reality Storytelling Films
'Define American' Uses VR to Connect Guests to Social Movements
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65
Child-Mourning Communities
Child-Mourning Communities
'The Compassionate Friends' Emotionally Supports Families
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64
Gallant Knight Schools
Gallant Knight Schools
Westminster Abbey's 'Medieval Mayhem' Takes Kids Through Knight School
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63
Spooky Family-Friendly Activities
Spooky Family-Friendly Activities
'Beyond the Grave' Teaches About Those Underfoot at Westminster
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62
AR Lunar Models
AR Lunar Models
AstroReality's 3D-Printed Moon Model Comes Alive with Augmented Reality
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61
Math-Centric Board Games
Math-Centric Board Games
The 'Race to Infinity' Game Helps Children Fall in Love with Mathematics
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60
Mixed Reality Teaching Platforms
Mixed Reality Teaching Platforms
Microsoft's 'View Mixed Reality' Can Help Contextualize Lessons
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59
Classroom-Connecting Video Chats
Classroom-Connecting Video Chats
KIND's 'Empatico' Connects Classrooms from Around the World
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58
Rugged Educational Cases
Rugged Educational Cases
The KioKit Digital Learning Box From BRCK Education is for Kenyan Schools
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57
Autistic Adult Coding Classes
Autistic Adult Coding Classes
'Coding Autism' Teaches Programming to Adults with Autism
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56
Caffeinated College Courses
Caffeinated College Courses
'The Design of Coffee' is a Chemical Engineering Course at UC Davis
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55
Teen-Focused Journal Designs
Teen-Focused Journal Designs
The NOSO Journal Helps Teens Unplug, Plan and Set Personal Goals
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54
Dyslexic Captcha Campaigns
Dyslexic Captcha Campaigns
Jaslok Hospital's Dyslexia Awareness Campaign Used Internet Captchas
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53
Minimalist Tech Jargon Glossaries
Minimalist Tech Jargon Glossaries
The Sideways Dictionary Uses Analogies to Define Technical Terms
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52
IoT Starter Sets
IoT Starter Sets
Acer's CloudProfessor Empowers Young Innovators in the Internet of Things Era
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51
Knowledge Retention Notebooks
Knowledge Retention Notebooks
Zipnote Makes It Easier for Students to Remember New Information
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50
Braille Learning Kits
Braille Learning Kits
'The Read Read' Teaches Blind People to Read Braille Without an Instructor
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49
Emergency Temporary Schools
Emergency Temporary Schools
Portakabin Built a School for Those Near Grenfell Tower
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48
Skill Development Platforms
Skill Development Platforms
Forge Offers Mentorship and Learning for Teams With an Online Network
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47
Impatient Language-Learning Apps
Impatient Language-Learning Apps
WaitSuite Teaches Users New Languages During Loading Screens
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46
Youth Farming Programs
Youth Farming Programs
BK Farmyards is a Partnership with a High School in Brooklyn
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45
Foraging-Focused Food Apps
Foraging-Focused Food Apps
The Vild Mad App Teaches You to Forage For Wild Foods
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44
Fantasy Linguistics Courses
Fantasy Linguistics Courses
'The Linguistics of Game of Thrones' is a New Course at UC Berkeley
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43
Educational Eco Players
Educational Eco Players
This Poverty-Fighting Program Uses a Solar MP3 Player to Help Poor Women
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42
Animated Storytelling Courses
Animated Storytelling Courses
'Pixar In A Box' is a Storytelling Course Available on Khan Academy
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41
Gaelic-Speaking Pop Ups
Gaelic-Speaking Pop Ups
Informal Irish Language-Encouraging Events are Occurring Internationally
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40
Self-Driving Educational Endeavors
Self-Driving Educational Endeavors
Waymo Created an Awareness-Raising Self-Driving Campaign
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39
Virtual Medical Patient Experiences
Virtual Medical Patient Experiences
SimforHealth Will Debut Its Doctor-Training VR at CES 2017
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38
Cohesive College Ads
Cohesive College Ads
Algonquin College's Campaign Promotes Its Dedication to Personalized Learning
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37
Agriculture-Themed Children's Events
Agriculture-Themed Children's Events
This Initiative Teaches Children About Farming & Agriculture
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36
Online Language-Learning Platforms
Online Language-Learning Platforms
LingQ Lets You Learn Languages Online With Digital Content
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35
Subway Radio Initiatives
Subway Radio Initiatives
Kemet Radio is Producing Education Radio Programming for Cairo Commuters
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34
Empowering Fairy Tales
Empowering Fairy Tales
Rebel Girls 2 Features More Inspirational Female Figures
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33
Astronaut Simulation Apps
Astronaut Simulation Apps
NASA 'Science Investigations: Plant Growth' Teaches Crop Growth in Space
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32
Prestigious Free Photography Courses
Prestigious Free Photography Courses
Harvard's Photography Course is Available Online
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31
School-Supporting Toothpastes
School-Supporting Toothpastes
The WITH MY Natural Vegan Toothpaste is Free of Chemicals
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30
Professional Workshop Marketplaces
Professional Workshop Marketplaces
Startup ClassCode Helps You Find Short Tech Classes Online
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29
Emotive Scientist Robots
Emotive Scientist Robots
'Professor Einstein' is a Miniature Robot Modeled After Albert Einstein
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28
Drag Queen Storytelling Sessions
Drag Queen Storytelling Sessions
Toronto's Library is Hosting Drag Queen Storytime Events for Kids
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27
Interactive Zoo Apps
Interactive Zoo Apps
The Pittsburgh Zoo's App Combines Selfie Revelry With An Educational Message
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26
Career-Focused Tech Platforms
Career-Focused Tech Platforms
Steve Wozniak is Launching an Education Platform Called 'Woz U'
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25
DIY Biodesign Kits
DIY Biodesign Kits
The Bixels Bio-Pixel Display and DNA Computer Lets You Experiment with DNA
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24
Video Chat Learning Platforms
Video Chat Learning Platforms
Interactive Video Chat Startup HowNow Connects Students and Teachers
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23
Childhood Innovation Labs
Childhood Innovation Labs
Austin's 'Thinkery' Offers Teaches Kids to Ask Why and How
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22
Revisionary Writing Tools
Revisionary Writing Tools
Startup Speare Makes the Editing and Writing Experience More Efficient
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21
Maternal Coding Communities
Maternal Coding Communities
This Online Community for Moms Focuses on Learning How to Code
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20
Robotic Teaching Assistants
Robotic Teaching Assistants
This Intelligent Learning Assistant Provides Classroom Support
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19
Cheap Coworking Venues
Cheap Coworking Venues
La Permanence is a €1 Coworking Space in Paris That is Extremely Accessible
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18
Prejudice Awareness Apps
Prejudice Awareness Apps
This App Helps Discourage Stereotyping Using Smartphone-Based Interaction
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17
Kid-Friendly Cooking Workshops
Kid-Friendly Cooking Workshops
The Little Chef's Cooking Event Teaches Kids About Proper Nutrition
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16
Web Development Platforms
Web Development Platforms
New Venture uiplease Helps You to Learn How to Code UI Animation
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15
Augmented Reality Surgery Training
Augmented Reality Surgery Training
Touch Surgery's Scientifically Accurate Training is at CES 2017
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14
Virtual Driving Lessons
Virtual Driving Lessons
Aceable Uses VR to Reduce Car-Related Deaths
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13
Democratic Kindergarten Classes
Democratic Kindergarten Classes
This Preschool in Germany Has Students Vote on Major Decisions
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12
Augmented Reality Globes
Augmented Reality Globes
'Orboot' is a Map Globe That Teaches Kids About Countries and Cultures
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11
Public Sunscreen Dispensers
Public Sunscreen Dispensers
Toronto Installed Free Sunscreen Stations in Some of its Parks
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10
Letter-Shaped Toy Blocks
Letter-Shaped Toy Blocks
Alphabuild Blocks are Unrestricted Magnetic Learning Toys
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9
Innovation-Focused University Ads
Innovation-Focused University Ads
The University of Victoria's Edge Campaign Considers Its Impact
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8
Augmented Reality Training Manuals
Augmented Reality Training Manuals
ioxp Uses Cognitive AR to Create Instructive Workplace Guides
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7
Secure School Redesigns
Secure School Redesigns
Svigals + Partners New Sandy Hook Elementary Accommodates for Trauma
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6
Language-Teaching Robots
Language-Teaching Robots
The EMYS Interactive Robots Help Your Child Learn a Foreign Language
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5
VR Language-Learning Apps
VR Language-Learning Apps
Mondly Uses Immersion to Teach Users New Languages
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4
Female-Funded Investment Firms
Female-Funded Investment Firms
'Female Funders' is a Platform Helping Women Pursue Angel Investing
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3
Emotional First Aid Kits
Emotional First Aid Kits
Designer Rui Sun Has Created a First Aid Kit for Mental Health Awareness
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2
Self-Cleaning Green Fish Tanks
Self-Cleaning Green Fish Tanks
'Back to the Roots' Water Garden Grows Organic Herbs and Sprouts
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1
Foldable Cardboard Desks
Foldable Cardboard Desks
HaYoung Lee Created This Portable Desk for India's Street Kids
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