The start of a new year 2020. That means new aims, new technology, and new education trends.

2020 brings with it exciting new developments in the world of education. New tools are expected to transform the way students learn in and out of the classroom. Bold initiatives are either ramping up or becoming a top priority for school districts across the country.

Here, we are highlighting the 2020 education trends that are sure to be top of mind for teachers, students, and parents.

1. The Changing Role of a Teacher

The teacher of the 21st century is in the classroom to nurture learners, not to feed data. That's the root of the student-centered approach not one-on-one classes, or more time spent individually coaching every student.

Of course, monitoring the personal progress of the students and individually helping those who experience difficulties is important.

2. Artificial Intelligence Learning

If a teacher is there to inspire and facilitate, then AI is taking up the role of personalized tutoring, where skills must be trained. Digital learning environments and intelligent tutoring systems offer amazing flexibility at no time costs, which makes an efficient support system to K12 teachers.

AI is an ultimate teacher's assistant that frees the teacher of the most time-consuming and monotonous tasks, such as tests and checking papers for plagiarism, leaving more place to utilize teacher's human-specific skills like emotional intelligence and creativity.

3. Augmented Reality Training

Augmented reality is an illustrious example of an old saying a picture is worth a thousand words. However, how is AR better than VR or just a 3D image on a screen?

AR expands our physical reality. AR tools are capable of projecting something abstract or hard to grasp from a flat diagram and making it real be it a 3D model of the Solar system, a geometric shape complete with formulas and explanations, or a scheme of the human nervous system. However, in AR those projections are tied to physical objects something solid that students can interact with, activating motor centers in their brains. This creates engaging, immersive experiences that are more likely to stay in their memory.

4. Cultivation of Empathy

Of course, managing emotions, self-regulation, resilience and determination may seem the most relevant aspects of emotional intelligence in education, but they are not the ones that take center stage in 2020.

There are various resources and lesson plans online that will help to incorporate empathy into your curriculum. It's up to you to notice and reject stereotypes, respect and value differences of your students, urge them to widen their circle of concern and, of course, manage your own difficult feelings.

5. Hybrid Homeschooling

Homeschoolers can attend self-directed learning centers for certain subjects that their parents don't feel confident enough teaching. Instead of having voids in their understanding and getting paper help on a subject they are undertrained in, they can hook up and resolve the situation in a hybrid school.

This way students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the school setting, socialize with peers, and choose what and how they will learn.

6. Blended Learning

Blended learning is more than iPads in the classroom and animated apps to keep tech-savvy students stimulated and interested. It is a mode of learning that is the only answer if we want to keep all the benefits of face-to-face learning with the flexibility of personalized learning.

Blended learning allows for aligning many contradicting schedules, matching varying paces of different students and a variety of content types.

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