It is impossible to exaggerate how much the edtech sector is growing – in fact, exploding might be a better word! The edtech market in the UK is now estimated to be £3.2bn following growth during 2020 of more than 70 percent.
This phenomenal growth ensures that the sector is newsworthy, but what are the key trends emerging? These trends are the ones to watch throughout the coming year–and probably the coming decade.
The ability to connect with anyone anywhere on the globe, instantly, has been a game changer for the education sector. With vast tracts of the world’s knowledge available at their fingertips, today’s students benefit from an immersive and engaging experience that previous generations could only dream about. But things have moved on far more quickly than expected thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and educators are making edtech an integral part of their teaching rather than simply a useful addition.
Today, teachers are beginning to use edtech to create individual lesson plans and personalized learning, taking each pupil on their own journey and at their own pace. Teachers can also tailor learning in response to the real-time data they are able to receive, with immediate evidence of where students are falling behind or moving ahead of the group. With this knowledge comes the ability to step in at an early stage to correct misconceptions or move the student on to more challenging work.
If you can’t beat them, join them–and that is exactly what some teachers are doing to increase engagement in learning. We all know the difficulties of persuading a child to stop playing on their device, so today many educators are taking an alternative approach and actively incorporating gamification into their planning.
Roger James Hamilton is a New York Times bestselling author and Founder and CEO of Genius Group, a multi-million-dollar group of companies, headquartered in Singapore, which currently includes companies such as GeniusU, Entrepreneurs Institute, Entrepreneur Resorts and Genius School and has an acquisition plan to add in a further 5 companies in 2022 to the Group. GeniusU is an Edtech company and platform providing over 2.6 million students with personalised learning paths and a platform used by partners to share their learning through customized learning journeys. GeniusU attracts over 7,500 new students to join GeniusU each week, starting with the entrepreneur quiz to identify their path to wealth and find their next step to take right now. Genius School provides education courses for young people from 0 to 25 years old. Entrepreneurs Institute provides adult training courses from 25 to 100 years old, and Entrepreneur Resorts is a market leading group of entrepreneur focused luxury resorts and lodges, beach clubs and city co-working hubs, offering business leaders professional educational retreats in exotic destinations around the world. Entrepreneur Resorts holds destinations in Singapore, Bali and South Africa, and has license holders launching properties in the UK, Australia, U.S. and Greece. Entrepreneur Resorts will be expanding this year by adding on further properties and license holders. Roger is the creator of Wealth Dynamics, Talent Dynamics and Impact Dynamics profiling tools, used by millions of entrepreneurs to find and follow their flow.