Homeschooling has become increasingly mainstream in recent times.  The number of children who are homeschooled has nearly doubled between 1999 and 2012. [1] The internet has revolutionized the way we learn and made endless information available on a wide variety of topics.

Advocates of homeschooling cite more flexibility, family time, personalization and independent learning as benefits. They also often laud being able to avoid overcrowded public schools, stressed out teachers and rigid testing requirements.  Critics claim lack of oversight, preparation, and socialization in homeschooling are issues that homeschooled children might encounter.  Regardless of your stance, it is clear that the available resources forhomeschoolers has grown leaps and bounds in recent years.

Adaptive Learning Software

New digital tools have become available to home educators that are making homeschooling more sophisticated. New adaptive learning software is an example of progress in education technology. This software displays progressively challenging material and topics as a person completes questions that are consistently correct. As a result, students waste less time on topics they understand and more on the material they find challenging.Mindspark, an Indian Company, has developed software that creates a personalized learning path for students based on this adaptive learning technology.

The Future of Education Technology

Much progress has been made in field of “edtech” or educational technology but there is still unlimited areas for future growth.

  1. Augmented Reality Education – In the future, a student learning about art could virtually through an art gallery, or a student learning about biology could see animals up close and in person. Students could even go on “virtual fieldtrips.” The inventor of Oculus Rift said that ““classrooms are broken. Kids don’t learn the best by reading books.”[2]
  2.  Gamification of Education – Today’s youth seem to have shorter and shorter attention spans. One way to kids will stay engaged in the future by video games and other games that incorporate content for them to learn.
  3. Coding – While coding used to be taught exclusively in advanced degrees, it is becoming increasingly prevalent to be taught at a younger age. Many believe that it will become common place curriculum for younger children.

What’s Next in Education

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