The new school year brings biggest trends in EdTech FEATURE
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See how education technology is changing—from microtutoring to VR.

As students head back to school, many have education technology on the brain. And while the conversation of EdTech has been building for years, innovation and change within the industry continues to grow.

Digital testing

One new tech education trend is digital test preparation. Many students remember studying for big tests like the SAT using prep courses and oversized, expensive manuals. Inc. reports that students can now practice via digital formats that can track performance data. Digital test practice can also help test-takers hone in on the specific problems they face.

Crowd sourcing and real-time

Another big trend in EdTech is crowd sourced learning—using the diversity of the Internet to help students with specific questions. Used correctly, this on-demand type of tutoring called "micro-tutoring" or "community-based education" could help solve problems.

Huffington Post writes that real-time learning tools can help provide the feedback students need to absorb information in more meaningful ways. Taking cues from wearable devices that help monitor walking and heart rates, education can also take advantage of real-time technology.

AR and VR

This year, students and educators will be clamoring to try out anything virtual and augmented reality. These technologies will help students travel to places across the country, deep in the ocean, or outer space without leaving the classroom.

Mary Ann Azevedo writes that AR and VR is not meant to replace teachers, but to help educators be more effective in creating teaching experiences.

The Network's recent Focus magazine concentrated on new technology in education for the coming school year. Learn more about virtual reality, collaboration technology, and robot teachers here.

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