From Language-Teaching Robots to Augmented Reality Globes

 - Jan 20, 2018
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 .