Ten communication technology trends shaping education

Today, after a colleague finished reading the article “10 communication technology trends shaping education”, they challenged me to come up with answers of which Microsoft products were relevant to the list. And they gave me two minutes to come up with the answers. It felt like I was sitting a very rushed exam!!

I thought I’d share the list and my quick homework here. I’ve no idea how the original list of trends was created – it could easily have been somebody saying “quick, I need a listicle for my website”, or it could be grounded on deep academic research, although there’s no source links. But let’s assume that the list (or lists like it) are relevant, how are Microsoft’s solutions relevant to trends shaping education? I’ve tried to take on the extension exam, and link every single one to an article that talks about it in the learning context, thanks to our Teachers blog

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Here’s the article’s Top 10 trends, and one or more examples of which Microsoft products schools can use to stay on trend! And then I’ve linked every single one to an article on our Australian Teachers Blog, that talks about how schools are already making a difference to teaching and learning using these products and services:

Trend: Gamification
Microsoft Product: Minecraft

Trend: Flipped Learning
Microsoft Product: Office Mix, Sway, Skype

Trend: Distance Education
Microsoft Product: Office Mix, Sway, Class Dashboard, Skype

Trend: Mind Mapping
Microsoft Product: OneNote

Trend: Social Media
Microsoft Product: Yammer

Trend: Digital Textbooks
Microsoft Product: OneNote

Trend: Just Google It
Microsoft Product: Bing!

Trend: Augmented Reality
Microsoft Product: Hololens

Trend: User-generated content
Microsoft Product: Delve

Trend: Big Data
Microsoft Product: Power BI

Learn MoreIf you want a better list of ideas for the future, I’d recommend reading this “32 Engaging Ways to use Microsoft in your classroom” for teachers