Efficient and effective use of technology is often a vital component for success in education, technology changes at such a rapid pace, every student learns differently, and technology allows educators to accommodate unique learning styles, the real purpose of education is for the brain to be empowered with information. Technology has greatly expanded access to education and gave enormous opportunities for teenagers starting their own startups before even they turn 18. Just by knowing how to code, they can program their website and start doing their business. Now all information you need is available online and you have online forums, where you can actually ask advice of the professionals, get access to the case studies and start self-education. People had to travel to centers of learning to get an education. Massive amounts of information are available at one’s fingertips through the Internet. Opportunities for communication and collaboration have also been expanded by technology. The walls of the classrooms are no longer a barrier as technology enables new ways of learning, communicating, and working collaboratively. Students can learn about the Arctic by following the expedition of a team of scientists in the region, read scientists’ blog posting, view photos, e-mail questions to the scientists, and even talk live with the scientists via a video conference.
The internet has proved strong in changing many industries, it has re-shaped the music industry, changed the way we connect, it has changed journalism, re-shaped the retail industry. Now it will also change the way we learn in the feature. Already we have started using the internet in long-distance learning. Students can collaborate on group projects using technology-based tools such as Google docs, trello, etc.
The futuristic possibility of technology in education is to improve communication. In regions that were difficult to reach such as places in sub-Saharan Africa are now starting to be accessible through eLearning. It can allow learners and educators to post thoughts, ideas, and comments in an interactive learning environment, it gives students the opportunity to improve their decision-making skills as well as taking ownership of a valuable and often time’s expensive device. Students can set up language lessons with a native speaker who lives in another country and attend the lessons via Skype, hangouts, etc. students can use a digital textbook – a PDF on a tablet they can carry around, what used to take hours in the library to find; now students find instantaneously. Creative professionals learn innovative thinking through training that is very different from traditional academic classrooms because innovative thinking means more than just knowing the right answers on a test. It also means having real-world skills, high standards and professional values, and a particular way of thinking about problems and justifying solutions.
Today’s textbooks often have web-based sites that include assessments, animations, additional materials, videos, and other materials to support the learning of new content. Normally students have questions after reading a material and they can answer them in an interactive way. Technology facilitates to extend classroom community by using web-based platforms; everything is available online now.
The future of technology in education is also about revolutionizing education by normalizing lifelong learning. Online learning is a great way to facilitate today’s knowledge-driven society and the ongoing demands for continuous professional development. The nature of employment has changed, and keeping one job for life is no longer expected. As a result of globalization, educational institutions around the world are now integrating technologies into all elements of their courses. There is no need to assign a project like “write a book report using MS Word” or “create a slideshow in PowerPoint”. Now, students receive the “book report” assignment and make their own determination how best to communicate their thoughts, be it audio, visual, written, musical, video, artistically. As long as they fulfill the requirements of the project, the delivery format will be up to them. Like this students can find their passion, develop their strengths and polish their skills that they will need for their future.
Teaching and learning is going to be social, schools of the future could have a traditional cohort of students, as well as online-only students who live across the country or even the world. Schools will not need software installed, servers or local file storage; they will need a fast robust internet connection. Infrastructure is paramount to the future of technology in education. Students will have instant access to grades, comments and work via a computer, smartphone or tablet. Technology will be integrated into every part of school such as games fields, gyms and school trips.
Nowadays, students become more and more involved in forming their own education. In 10 years, students will incorporate so much independence into their learning process, that mentoring will become fundamental to student success. And teachers will form a central point in the jungle of information that students will be paving their way through.
Other possible future educational technologies can include:
- Foldable Tablets
- Digitized Classrooms
- Electronic Paper screens
- Educational Programming Tools
- Student Developed Apps
- Education App Stores
- Flipped Classrooms
- Inter-school Teaching Platforms