What are the Hottest Topics in EdTech?

Are you planning for upcoming EdTech conferences or Google Summits? You’ll want to stay on the lookout for some of the hottest topics in EdTech this year. Scanning through a schedule of events or flipping through a program of sessions is overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. This list of the hottest topics in EdTech is sure to help you focus some of your energy as you plan for upcoming conferences and tools for your classroom.

Virtual Reality

This year virtual reality has taken off thanks to the easy and inexpensive Google Cardboard. I love how this tool in combination with a few great apps makes it easy to bring virtual reality into your classroom. If you’re new to Google Cardboard, it’s easy to get started. You can find your own Google Cardboard on Amazon for under $10 and try out a free tool like the Discovery Channel’s VR app or the VR lessons in Nearpod.


So many classrooms are now using Chromebooks in one to one learning environments. One of my favorite iPad creation tools Explain Everything is available on Chromebooks. The Explain Everything team were at ISTE 2016 and recently presented on their awesome app at iPadpalooza in Austin, Texas.

Literacy Tools

Teachers are always looking for new ways to engage students in reading and writing classrooms while cultivating transferrable skills for cross-curricular work. Kami is a document viewer and annotation tool that’s a great example of an innovative literacy tool. You can find out more about Kami here.

What’s missing from the list? What are you most excited about this year? Add your hot topic in EdTech to the comments section below!

Monica Burns
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Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom available from Corwin Press in March 2016.