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New Decade, New Trends - Where Now for EdTech

Education Trends Market Research, Analysis and Commentary

As we enter a new decade, consumer behaviour and technology trends continue to evolve. In the education space, the next few years are likely to bring a new set of challenges and opportunities for suppliers and educators alike. Futuresource Consulting explores the changing landscape and highlights some of the key developments to watch for, including platform integration, student safeguarding and interactive display personalisation.

Freedom from Admin

Reducing the burden of administrative tasks means educators can spend more time teaching and less time on paperwork. “As administrative software applications come of age, the associated time savings are now a reality,” comments Andreas Olah, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “Whereas education-based admin software development used to be highly fragmented, with a raft of small developers offering single, standalone applications, complete admin suites and learning management systems (LMS) are now coming to the fore.”

These platforms can also be integrated into existing student information systems (SIS), a trend that will continue over the coming years. Solutions are now available that span homework, parent/student communication, seat planning, roll call, student behaviour management and financial services.

In the UK, the continued transition of English schools towards multi-academy trusts (MATs) is impacting market dynamics. With almost 1,200 MATs managing at least two schools, the demand for cloud-based infrastructure is rising, as this allows them to operate more effectively over multiple sites. This trend will only continue to grow stronger and is supported by non-profit broadband consortiums like the London Grid for Learning.

When it comes to platform monetisation, some providers are offering a module-based approach, whereas others bundle all modules into one overall fee, hoping to encourage schools to consolidate the number of platforms used once their existing subscriptions end.

Digital Content and Student Safeguarding

Policing the access to digital content and ensuring the security of schools’ data will attract more attention, but this field will also fill out to include student safeguarding, with an increasing focus on wellbeing and more granular content filtering. Many vendors have already launched products that address these issues, and as artificial intelligence (AI) begins to gain a foothold in education technology, the opportunities are expanding. AI’s ability to learn, combined with advanced tracking, web filtering and real-time scans to detect concerns about bullying and depression, means that students’ behavioural, medical and mental health requirements can be addressed more effectively.

Interactive Flat Panels Retain Relevance

“Interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) are trending towards display personalisation, a particularly useful feature for teachers as they move between classrooms and flipped classroom models are becoming more popular,” says Colin Messenger, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting.

Features include teacher-specific pre-sets for height, content and display configuration, and are often a tender requirement for schools in various countries. Onboard computing is already a rising trend, particularly in developing markets like China, where many classrooms don’t have a computer. Screen sharing with multiple devices will soon be ubiquitous too.

These are just a few of the education technology trends that will strengthen over the next 12 months and beyond. Futuresource Consulting’s evaluation and forecasting of the global market is carried out by a dedicated team of analysts conducting extensive primary research, analysing key market and technology trends across computing products, interactive displays, visualisers, software platforms, digital content and the Internet of Things. For more information on what Futuresource can provide, please contact Matthew Ledgerwood via

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Michael Boreham

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Michael Boreham

Michael joined Futuresource Consulting in 1990 and is a Business Studies graduate from the University of Bedfordshire. Michael is a member of the Education team and leads the research and analysis in the K-12 PC Market.

Michael is involved with creating quarterly reports on the development of the Global Mobile PC Market. In previous roles Michael was part of the Home Entertainment team tracking content global industry developments and was part of the Futuresource team monitoring the emergence of Virtual Reality.

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