The Future of Education: Top Trends at Frankfurt Book Fair

The Future of Education: Top Trends at Frankfurt Book Fair


Digital is breaking down the classroom walls. It’s revolutionizing education. We now have access to learning whenever and wherever we want, on our mobile devices, at the touch of a button.

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At Frankfurt Book Fair, education was a hot topic.

In fact, it got its own Hot Spot in Hall 4.2, where Aquafadas had a stand. Here, thought leaders in education innovation discussed the future of learning — including our very own Mélanie Batocchi, Education Project Manager at Aquafadas.

And just a stone’s throw away, the future of learning was a reality.

Mélanie showing how education publishers can create engaging digital content.

Mélanie showing how education publishers can create engaging digital content.

This year’s Classroom of the Future exhibition explored the advantages of melding digital with print. It showcased print textbooks with content that could be further developed with smartphones.

According to Digital Book World, the exhibition “shows innovative ways to publishers within the education segment how to combine print and digital into successful hybrid teaching products”.

Hybrid print and digital is a stepping stone towards digital-only. The combination offers students the familiarity of print with the advantages of digital.

As Mark Piesing (@MarkPiesingnotes in Publishing Perspectives, with the introduction of technology “it’s hoped that teachers and publishers will be shifted from being providers of information to being supporters and prompters of the learning experience”

But despite the name, this future is now. As providers of innovative tools for creating digital education, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of digital for learning.

Here’s a look at how education providers can use digital right now:

  • Create enhanced digital textbooks for enhanced learning

There’s many benefits to digital textbooks. They can be updated in real-time, distributed in a few clicks, accessed anywhere and provide insight on learner progress. They also boost learner engagement with interactive enrichments.

Rather than offering dry, 2-D print content, publishers can add video, images, sound, animation and interactive quizzes. Spanish education publisher, Edinumen currently uses many of our 40 plus enrichments in creating their digital textbooks.

This makes the learning experience more interesting and allows students to learn via different methods, increasing the acquisition of information.

  • Update content in a few easy clicks

Print textbooks have limitations. The content is static and can quickly become out-of-date, especially in science or corporate training. With digital, these limitations evaporate. Using tools such as Cloud Connect, publishers can easily update content with new information without the need to re-print.

  • Evaluate learners in real-time

Digital allows teachers and students to evaluate their learning in real-time. At Aquafadas, we’ve integrated our tools with Tin Can xAPI so that student’s results can be sent to LRS platforms while students work. By setting a pass score, teachers can quickly evaluate the level of their student.

Edinumen uses this integration to track the effectiveness of their publications via a range of reports.

  • Easily distribute to students 

With access to educational materials on multiple platforms and in various formats, education is no longer confined to classrooms. Digital has dissolved the need to be in a specific environment in order to learn. Publishers can also better control their content with online customizable stores and digital vouchers.

The future of education is digital…

“Digital education opens up a whole new world of possibilities for better learning. It allows teachers and publishers to take a more hands-on role and to tailor the publications to the needs of the student. The result is educational content that works best for the student, accessible at a time that’s best for them.” — Mélanie Batocchi

If you want to explore better ways to engage your learners, get in touch!

What are your thoughts and predictions for digital in education?