In the Forbes post “Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends In Education For 2019” there was only one that I found to be of interest to me in my purposes, and that was the one about AR/VR. “Products like Google Expeditions are aiming to make classroom AR more attainable, with a wide range of experiences available via simple phone apps.” I could see my students using this as I delve into the world of Blended Learning. Before reading a story, I like to go through background information, so I could see myself setting up a learning station where students go on an expedition through the place/s we’ll be reading about. Some of the stories my students read are set in places like Pompeii, WWII concentration camps, Venus, other states, and bigger cities than some of them have ever been to. Expeditions and AR/VR would help them really have a good picture of the story’s setting.
Other topics in the Forbes post included the Internet of Things, which I can’t yet even wrap my head around. I have never heard of it, but I looked into it a little more, and it is fascinating. It’s just a little over my head for right now and I don’t see how it fits into the education world just yet. Another topic involved security, which I absolutely agree with. More security for students in the world of ever increasing technology in schools is a great idea. Personalized learning is a promising tool as well, however, I do not teach any students with dyslexia. I could see applications of using Dragon Speak for my more reluctant writers, and audio books are inevitably coming to my classroom sooner rather than later as well. AI and big data seems very interesting especially in regards to the possibility of ditching standardized testing, but I am having a hard time wrapping my head around how that works too! Exciting things coming, I just hope the proper thought and care are put into them before bringing them to the education world.