08 Jun 2018

FUTURE OF CLASSROOM LEARNING

The best thing that schools can do now is to make sure people have the core of knowledge and skills and ability to decide what they want to do with their lives. There’s something more to education, which is about learning how to live in society, learning how to be a citizen, learning how to be self-reliant and all those kinds of skills. It’s a bigger task than just exams. preparing children for the middle of the 20th century and not for the 21st.

In the next couple years, robot teachers, virtual lessons, a more globalized curriculum, and moveable schools. Likewise, Education is already changing in Horry County Schools with students getting personalized lesson plans and incorporating technology into everyday tasks.

Overlaying the physical environment with digital information will also become big. Teachers could take kids into ‘digital’ forests where they can interact and get information about nature and animals by pointing their tablet at a tree to learn like scanning apps work now.

A Tablet in Every Hand – It’s already happening. Entire grade levels are being outfitted with iPads. Mobile tech is the wave of the future, and if our schools are supposed to be preparing students for the workforce, kids had better be proficient with these devices. This also means we can say goodbye to our old friends the textbook and the notebook. It’s all going to be digital.

“Pharmaceutical technology is advancing which will bring about moral and ethical debates about the use of these so-called smart drugs,” Professor Selwyn. In the future, kids could take cognition drugs like a vitamin in the morning to enhance their brain and help with memory and be cramming before exams.

 Handwriting Will All but Disappear – This may mean the death of the familiar triple-lined paper we all remember from our youths—the kind with the dotted line down the middle to practice making letters. The only time anyone writes something out by hand is when jotting down a quick note or signing his or her name to a document. Email, texting, and tablet computers are here to stay, which means that typing has become the dominant form of writing and the one that will be taught in schools.

Students will become more and more involved in forming their curricula. Maintaining a curriculum that is contemporary, up-to-date and useful is only realistic when professionals, as well as ‘youngsters’, are involved. Critical input from students on the content and durability of their courses is a must for an all-embracing study program.

Mentoring will become more important.
In 20 years, students will incorporate so much independence into their learning process, that mentoring will become fundamental to student success. Teachers will form a central point in the jungle of information that our students will be paving their way through. Though the future of education seems remote, the teacher and educational institution are vital to academic performance.

Students will already be used to “interactive, engaging, live classes from anywhere they may happen to be, with the only requirement being a camera, a screen, and a wi-fi connection.”

Is this a warning? If we’re going to truly support engaged learners we need to get this done at the basic level to enable further change, connection, etc.

Students will always value personal engagement and active learning with peers, professors, experts, and mentors. The quality of this engagement—more than physical spaces—will define the classrooms of the future.”

No more classrooms then?

“Institutions seeking to reach diverse student populations will have created clear and accelerated pathways to degrees for students by adopting new technologies and innovations that deliver course content and provide robust student support.”

Isn’t this what we are already seeing? Is this just being added here because it’s easy – it’s not about predicting the future or even trying to direct the future, it’s just stating where we ought to, or want to, be in some years to come.

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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