05 May 2018

WHAT EDUCATION WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE

Technology will certainly be a major factor in how education in the future differs from education today. However, it won’t be the only influence. Successful educators will realize that they need to rethink the entire model of education and redesign it so that it is more student-centered.
We have come a long way since the days of chalkboards, but the Nigera educational sector is arguably lagging behind when it comes to building a connected learning environment suited for today’s “digital natives”. The sector must modernise and adapt, in order to provide children and students with the skills they will need as part of a modern workforce.
Virtual and augmented reality will change the educational landscape.
A student opens a book to what appears to be a page with a picture of the earth on it. Then, the student puts on a pair of special glasses and a three dimensional images pops out at them. Now, instead of seeing a simple, flat image, they can see various landforms; look at a cross section of the planet to see all of the various layers going down to the earth’s core.
schools are poised to become highly collaborative spaces, thanks to the advent of virtual and augmented reality. Instead of needing to meet in the same physical space, kids could work on long-term projects remotely and interact through online platforms.
The layout of the classroom will change immensely.
Forget about neat rows of chairs and desks from which students focus intently on the teacher delivering a lecture and demonstrating concepts on the whiteboard. That’s already falling out of favor today. Seating arrangements in the future will be flexible so that they are appropriate for the task that students are working on, and there will also be more focus on the comfort of the students. Here are just a few things that will become more commonplace in the classroom of the future.
In the future, he says, there will be legitimate tools that can help guide students towards particular subjects. Those who don’t like math but show a strong capacity for reading and language may be told they don’t need to take calculus, for example, while another student whose scores favor math can focus on that.
Sophisticated data like this will create the perfect conditions for the kind of collaboration that is essential to effective learning.
Flexible assignments will accommodate multiple learning styles.
Today, in the majority of classrooms, students all complete the same assignments. For example, if the assignment is to use MS word to write a research paper on tools developed during the Bronze Age, which is the assignment each student must complete. The only time when exceptions are made is usually when the student has special needs and accommodations are required. Unfortunately, these one size fits all assignments don’t take into consideration learning styles. With flexible assignments, the teacher will be more interested in proof of competency than in receiving 25 assignments all completed using the same methods. So, instead of passing out an assignment to write a research paper, the teacher will outline for students what skills or understanding they must demonstrate to successfully complete the assignment.

 

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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