Welcome to the education future where students learn outside, armed with various devices, listening to a teacher of choice. Skills are not evaluated on paper, but on the basis of their field performance. Students today benefit from some of the most exciting technology available to schools, but it is not just the pupils who benefit from these innovations through invigorating lessons and virtual learning, teachers are also reaping the rewards as lessons and assessments move out of the classroom and onto platforms that make it easier for them to chart progress and achieve a better work-life balance.
Some educators worry that in the near future there will no longer be students to teach as technology could take over a lot of tasks and skills that they have been teaching to students for decades. The thing is: education is never going to disappear. It’s just going to take different forms. While we can not predict exactly what will be the needs of our workforce in the middle of the century, we already know that they are changing and will continue to change with the rate of technological progress.
Meanwhile, debates about the future of education center on changing how we teach, embracing technology, and every year, problem-solving, creative thinking, digital skills and collaboration are needed in the workforce, but not yet taught to students. Even when schools teach digital skills, they focus on how to use technology, how to create a document or a presentation–instead of creating technology. Some of the topics taught today will no longer be essential in the 2030s: handwriting is becoming more obsolete, complex arithmetic is no longer done by hand, and the internet has replaced the need to memorize many fundamental facts.
Computer science is part of the core curriculum to prepare all students with the creative, collaborative and digital problem-solving skills of the future. The science of computing is not just about coding. Computational thinking, interface design, data analysis, machine learning, cybersecurity, networking, and robotics are also essential and learning computer science fosters creativity, problem-solving, ethics, and collaboration–skills that are not only important in the developed world for technical careers, but valuable in all economies for every career so every student should have the opportunity to learn it as part of the curriculum in every school.
Here are list of things that will shape the education future many years to come.
- Different times and locations: Students in different places will have more opportunities to learn at different times. E-Learning tools facilitate remote learning opportunities. The theoretical part of learning is done outside the classroom, while the practical part is taught face-to-face, interactively.
- Custom learning: Students will learn with study tools adapting to a student’s abilities. This means that when a certain level is reached, higher-than-average students will be challenged with harder tasks and questions. Students experiencing a subject’s difficulties will have the opportunity to practice more until they reach the required level. During their individual learning processes, students will be strengthened positively. This can lead to positive learning experiences and decrease the number of students who lose confidence in their academic abilities. In addition, teachers will be able to see clearly which students need assistance in which areas.
- Project based: Today’s students will adapt to project-based learning and working as careers adapt to the future freelance economy. This means that they must learn to apply their skills to a variety of situations in shorter terms. Students should already familiarize themselves with project-based high school learning. This is when it is possible to teach organizational, collaborative and time management skills as basics that each student can use in their further academic careers.
- Experience in the field: Because technology can make some areas more efficient, curricula will create room for skills that only require human knowledge and face-to-face interaction. Thus, in courses, experience in’ the field’ will be highlighted. Schools will provide students with more opportunities to acquire real-world skills that are representative of their jobs. This means that more room will be created for students to complete internships, mentor projects and collaborative projects.
- Data interpretation: Although mathematics is considered to be one of three literacies, it is undoubtedly irrelevant in the near future to the manual part of this literacy. Computers will soon be taking care of any statistical analysis, describing and analyzing data and predicting future trends. The human interpretation of these data will therefore become a much larger part of the future curricula. The application of theoretical knowledge to numbers and the use of human reasoning to infer from these data logic and trends will become a fundamental new aspect of this literacy.
- Exams will completely change: As courseware platforms will evaluate student capabilities at each step, measuring their competencies through Q&A may or may not be sufficient. Many argue that exams are now designed to cram their materials, and forget the next day. Educators are concerned that exams may not validly measure what students should be able to do when entering their first job. Since a student’s factual knowledge can be measured during their learning process, when working on field projects, the application of their knowledge is best tested.
- Ownership and mentoring of students: Students are becoming increasingly involved in the development of their curricula. Maintaining a contemporary, up-to-date and useful curriculum is only realistic when it involves both professionals and young people. For an all-encompassing study program, critical input from students on the content and durability of their courses is a must. Mentoring is going to become more important as students will incorporate so much independence into their learning process in many years, that mentoring will become essential to the success of students. Teachers will form a central point in the information jungle that will pave the way through students. Although the future of education seems remote, academic performance is vital to the teacher and educational institution.