Sep 13

5 Growing Trends in Education to Watch Out For

by Trent Baumbach


5 Growing Trends in Education to Watch Out For


Over the last few years, online learning and generative AI have caused a huge shift in education. The traditional classroom is evolving, and students across the globe find themselves experiencing new ways of learning. For those attending international schools in Japan, these changes provide an exciting opportunity to learn new things.

This blog delves into five key educational trends that are reshaping how students learn, interact, and grow at school. Whether you’re a student, educator, or parent, understanding these trends will offer valuable insights into how to adjust to the rapidly changing education landscape.

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5 Trends in Education to Prepare For

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chatbots

What is it? AI refers to computer systems that perform tasks requiring human intelligence. Chatbots are AI-driven tools that interact with users, answering questions and aiding learning.

Why does it matter? AI tools offer personalized educational content, allowing students to grasp challenging concepts. Chatbots can assist students with their learning on demand, providing instant responses and a breadth of ideas for them to build on independently.

What can students do? Explore AI-driven learning apps and platforms, such as Khan Academy’s Khanmigo. Use chatbots to get quick information clarifying complicated topics you’re studying in class. Please note that students must always check with their teacher(s) first to see if they approve of the use of generative AI (like ChatGPT) for academic purposes, and in what contexts.

2. New Learning Styles: Hybrid Learning & Gamification

What is it? Hybrid learning combines traditional face-to-face lessons with online studies, while gamification introduces game-design elements into the learning process, similar to the gamification in language learning apps like Duolingo.

Why does it matter? Hybrid learning offers the best of both in-person and online experiences, as it mixes collaboration with flexibility. Gamification, on the other hand, can make learning more engaging, motivating students through rewards, badges, or points.

What can students do? For hybrid learning, familiarize yourself with the online platforms used at school. Practice your ability to stay engaged and participatory during both online learning and in-person studies. Try working with a private tutor who is flexible to work both online and in person. For gamification, seek out learning apps or platforms that use game elements. Set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) for yourself and celebrate milestones. Track your academic progress using data and identify trends along the way.

3. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR)

What is it? VR engulfs users in a digital world (typically through a headset), whereas AR overlays digital content on real environments (such as through a smartphone app).

Why does it matter? VR and AR can make studies more interactive, and are becoming more frequently used in science and technology classes at schools. For example, students can virtually travel to historical sites or explore 3D science models as if they were actually in your classroom.

What can students do? Seek out VR and AR educational apps relevant to school subjects. Check with your teachers or librarians to see if your school offers any VR and AR experiences. 

4. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

What is it? A greater emphasis on the importance of proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes from an early age.

Why does it matter? STEM skills are in high demand across all modern and developing economies. A strong STEM base provides a competitive advantage in university applications and careers.

What students can do: Join STEM clubs at school, participate in science and math competitions, and consider online STEM courses to enhance understanding. Work with local organizations such as the Tokyo Coding Club to dive deep into a specific interest area, or even get hands on science experience by building your own research project.

5. Soft Skills & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

What is it? Soft skills encompass essential non-technical attributes like communication and critical thinking. Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, focuses on developing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Why does it matter? Together, soft skills and SEL equip students with the interpersonal and intrapersonal abilities they need to navigate complex social situations, grow emotional intelligence, and build meaningful relationships. In today’s interconnected world, these skills are as necessary as academic achievements as they are vital for growing as an individual and working in teams.

What can students do? Join clubs, sports teams, or summer camps where you’ll get the chance to work on communication, leadership, and team-building. Engage in group projects and take feedback from your teacher and fellow group members seriously.

What should international students do next?

As the educational landscape keeps shifting, international school students must stay on top of emerging trends in education to best prepare for their future. At Tokyo Academics, our expert tutors stay on top of the latest developments in education to ensure they are helping students be ready for changes at school and beyond. To connect with one of these tutors and chart your academic journey, contact us today!

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