These technologies represent some of the latest tools and trends in ELT. While some are being implemented now, the use of others is on the horizon. So you need to prepare yourself for them in the next one to five years. Here is the list of them:
1. Smart Watches
Smart watches promise for new ways of learning. Its motion and pressure sensors can make it more applicable for activity-based learning.
2. Smart Phones, Tablets and Mobile Phones
Students who have these gadgets and used to access to the internet using them have been growing. Students can easily use these tools for their learning. It will give them an opportunity for more independence and openness in addition to more collaboration with tons of learning resources and apps.
3. Cloud Computing
Google Classroom is one of the cloud-based tools which more schools will use in the next five years as it make easier for students and teachers to have access to information wherever they are, on whatever device they have.
4. Social Media
Using social media nowadays is the standard. They will be used more in the near future across schools and universities for research and share information
5. Open Source Software
Blogs, eBooks MOOCs and other open source content will be used increasingly as they provide students with a chance to have control on their learning.
6. Flipped or Blended Learning
This approach will become more commonly used in the next five years as it allows students to be responsible for their learning and gives opportunity to teachers to spend more time preparing challenging tasks to their students.
Using games in learning increases the stickiness of the lesson in students’ memory as they – according to many researches – remember 90% of what they do. For that reason it is expected to use gamificaton more in the next two or three years.
In Sum: These new technologies continue to emerge and be used in the learning community in general and particularly in ELT field. As a teacher, you should be ready for that use evaluating them to see how to get the most benefit from each one.