What edtech trends will take top billing in schools and districts in the new year, like this crystal ball with predictions for 2020.

20 K-12 edtech predictions for 2020

What edtech trends will take top billing in schools and districts in the new year?

We asked edtech executives, stakeholders, and experts to share some of their thoughts and predictions about where they think edtech is headed in 2020.

Social-emotional learning will remain a big focus, along with edtech driving personalized learning experiences and the growing potential of artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

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There are also predictions about how testing and assessments will change, along with using data to increase equity and opportunity among students.

Read on to see what’s in store for 2020…

Jacob Bruno, Vice President, Professional Learning, NWEA:

• In 2020, ESSA will be the biggest driver of change in K-12 educator professional learning trends. As ESSA-driven school accountability ratings take hold in schools and classrooms across the country, we’ll see educators experience a more acute need to have professional learning that focuses specifically on grade-level proficiency and academic growth for all students. In addition, more professional learning will emerge around individual state’s focus on the “5th Indicator” under ESSA — non-academic benchmarks such as chronic absenteeism, social emotional learning, and school climate and safety. Lastly, because the ESSA-driven school accountability workbooks put emphasis on proficiency & growth – data will become a much bigger focus in driving differentiated professional learning, instruction, and all improvement efforts. The focus will drive the creation of new paradigms, approaches and applications of data-driven professional learning that prioritize the specific contexts of educators, their students, their curricula, their standards, etc.

Julie Hansen, CEO (U.S.), Babbel:

• Growing acceptance in the US of multilingual families. In decades past, immigrants to the U.S. rushed to abandon their mother tongue and learn English. Now it is the norm for the children of Spanish-speaking immigrants to speak both English and Spanish and to pass on both languages to their children. Many other immigrant groups are doing the same. As more children are raised bilingual in America, it will slowly shape our expectations about language proficiency. we believe the language learning sector will continue to grow as more and more people seek new experiences and skills, particularly in a professional sense.

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