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5G smartphones to futuristic classrooms: 10 predictions for the education sector in 2020

India Today logo India Today 30-12-2019 India Today Web Desk
a group of people standing in a room: 10 predictions for the education sector in 2020 – from 5G smartphones to futuristic classrooms 10 predictions for the education sector in 2020 – from 5G smartphones to futuristic classrooms

Whoa! It's almost 20 years since the new millennium and the generation that was born after it has already started stepping in the universities. One of the distinguishing factors of this new generation is that it has spent its teenage days surrounded by technology. So, it barely comes across as a surprise that there is more of the same in their colleges.

Let us then have a look at how technology is shaping the education sector and what the top trends of 2020 are going to be:

1. Impact of 5G smartphones becoming evident

As we witness the back-to-back launches of 5G smartphones, the near-term impact of the technology is already becoming apparent.

This can lead to an increase in school infrastructure investment.

The 5G launch might also prove to be a boon for rural and remote areas, with superior connection as compared to the cabled networks.

2. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is now more than just a buzzword and is experiencing unprecedented adoption across various industries. Thankfully, AI technology also has its good use within the education sector and is helping enhance the learning curve of both students as well as their teachers.

For instance, by coupling it with video analytics, the technology can non-intrusively detect responsiveness of a class as well as a student taken individually.

Some institutes are also leveraging the technology using mobile applications to assess and improve the knowledge of their students. This general progression will continue in 2020.

3. Content experience

Positive developments are also being seen on the educational content front. Building on the concept of smart classes, will AR and VR also step into the picture across schools and colleges? Well, that depends on the scale and forward-looking vision of the educational institute.

Wider and higher definition screens will undoubtedly come through, this time, with more interaction and engagement.

Possibly, it's the year when even more immersive experiences also surface virtual projection on all walls of the classroom to drive value into the curriculum and classroom.

4. Procurement

Procurement is an area that has long needed reform in education to help schools sustain their use of technology as businesses do.

Perhaps, such initiatives can also evidence-based and if the technology procured isn't as supportive as marketed, then the school can give it back.

5. Workforce reform

Towards the end of 2020, it is hoped that schools will start to enjoy the fruits of their initial challenges including recent workforce-related reforms that they have been working on.

6. EdTech and supplier partnerships

Today, the advent of tech-driven players has changed the nature of B2B tech deployments within the industry.

We might see a greater emphasis on this front in 2020. Supported by organisations to not only help EdTech do the best that it can, such partnerships will be aimed at driving superior revenues for the broader ecosystem.

7. Innovative international solutions

More educationally focussed and developed solutions are likely to be launched globally. For example, solutions to economically deliver content to students at scale are being launched in India and the world over.

Also, technology is paving the way for the integration of our global education system for better opportunities. For example, MATs are working with institutes that have their remote schools in China, Thailand, and Japan.

8. Devices

Interestingly, this could be the first year whereby this debate finally picks up. All devices can more or less run any software these days as everything is shifting towards the cloud.

CAD/CAM and 3D printing are also becoming increasingly cheaper to purchase and run. It will pave the way for younger generations to expand their scope to work with on-the-go applications and generate ideas with great elan.

9. Connected classrooms

As our offices continue to become increasingly connected, will this also happen amongst our classrooms? Surely, it will.

It will help in better resource optimization as a single teacher will be able to communicate with multiple classrooms at once.

It will also enable teachers to expand their skills while also extending their effective reach without experiencing geographical or time-based constraints.

10. Futuristic classrooms

Lastly, we return to the old cliché. Will we see changes in how classrooms are traditionally set up?

Maybe, we might also start to see specialist classrooms with both teachers and students moving around more freely or maybe, not. This largely depends on how revolutionary the novel educational institutes get.


As digital technologies become an active part of our day-to-day lifestyles, it will be interesting to see how the landscape changes for the education sector. These were some of the top trends that could be seen globally emerging in the education sector. Let's see what the upcoming New Year has in its bag for us.

- Article by Abhishek Kumar, Regional Director, South Asia, Onvu Technologies

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