Education is a vital part of any society. Education in general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks or feels may be considered educational.
Today, technology is increasingly becoming a means for empowering students and has become a method for communication.  The digital divide, once seen as a factor of wealth, is now seen as a factor of education. Innovation and creativity are becoming paramount. There is also an increased interest in just-in-time, alternate or non-formal avenues of education, such as online learning, mentoring and independent study.
The coming year promises to be one of significant change for educational technology and e-content within the education publishing market.

Emerging Trends

Industry Driven

  • Increase in Non-traditional Commercial Publishing Companies
  • Increased industry spending and usage of digital content
  • Growth of the E-textbook Market
  • Utilization of partnerships to expand into new markets
  • Personalized multimedia based educational content



Technology  Driven

  • Personal Devices Will Infiltrate the Classrooms
  • Augmented reality
  • Resurgence of Interactive Whiteboard Apps
  • Open Source is the way ahead
  • Game based learning
  • Using Social Networking tools & Web 2.0 based Apps in  


Twitter is another website being been extensively used in classrooms. Additionally, the ubiquity of laptops and smartphones have made the integration of Twitter in enhancing the learning process in many ways

  • Virtual staffroom for teachers – to access a stream of links, ideas, opinion and resources from hand-picked Selection of global professionals.
  • Potential to reach very large international audiences - Understanding of educational systems and practices across continents (GPS - enabled devices like iPhones and the advanced web search facility allow searches which tell you what people are tweeting within a certain distance of a location, so if the other side of the world isn't your bag, you can stick with your own patch.)
  • Great medium for sharing ideas and getting instant feedback between teachers and students.

Through similar sites like MySpace, Classroom 2.0, and iGoogle, new opportunities abound for people to conduct research, dynamically communicate with each other and collaborate on ideas like Edutainment and Cloud computing.
Challenges and emerging trends

  • sharing our vision of the future (including post-2015) and adapting to the evolving international development agenda;
  • monitoring of new patterns in the field of educational planning and of trends in educational assistance that affect educational planning;
  • identification of new challenges stemming from emerging social and economic transformations in different parts of the world, and their consequences for educational policy and planning;
  • Analysis of different strategies for capacity development in national ministries of education, at other levels of education systems and, as appropriate, in cross-national agencies.