The future of education is poised to bring in major changes in all its aspects, with the use of the latest technologies and the merging of efforts with human teachers, students will have a new experience both in terms of education and practical experience. The use of technology in education is all set to see an upsurge, and we are at the beginning of a new revolution.
The year was 2010 and smartphones had just begun to make their presence felt to the general public. With the power of a computer all in your grasp, information was something that was just a search away. And as information was available for free, the Smartphone revolution had begun at a blistering pace influencing all parts of our lives. With each year the smartphones grew faster and better, adapting more to how humans use it and ultimately resulting in the situation where smartphones and humans are almost linked as both rely on each other for many of their days to day functions.
Education too has been affected in many ways today, with most of the new generation exposed to the internet and smartphones from an early age, finding a way to combine these latest and far-reaching technologies and education becomes a major project for human development and will pave the road forward.
At the inception of the last decade with the initial stages of social media, the world communicated through emails and texts, and now everyone we ever knew is connected to us in one way or the other via social media platforms. As technology evolves beyond our wildest imagination we are in dire need of more tech-enabled solutions to engage and educate future generations. Technology advancements are affecting every known industry and education is not spared. As this trend progresses, this would enable more children to be educated at a lesser cost countrywide. India’s constraints of poverty and education are interlinked and technology can be the cornerstone from which education is made universal throughout the country.
As the future of Education and technology is still changing day by day we are certain these advancements would be the most pronounced in the education sector in the imminent future.
1. All Personalized Anytime Accessible content
We are all different and so is the rate of understanding and our interests. No one method of teaching can help teach the whole majority equally efficient. The old protocol of textbooks and exams would be extinct moving into the future where the student will be tested on the basis of new sets of gauges. The technologies of the future would ensure that all the education syllabus and materials are easily available, customizable and personalized as per the student all in their perspective.
Adaptive learning technologies such as Dreambox will help students learn the syllabus at their pace and understanding and it will all be accessible through the internet moreover could be interacted through VR, where the students can actually indulge and experience as they learn in 3d realism technologies like AR, VR or Mixed Reality.
2. Technology equipped classrooms
The classrooms of the future will be technology equipped complete with all the interactive and augmented courses. The traditional classroom teaching process will give way to a hybrid model of classroom, virtual and digital modes of education all combined to give the students a holistic experience. This kind of setup is already prevalent in many colleges and schools and in the future all of these processes will work alongside seamlessly thus integrating into the student’s learning experience.
The future of the syllabus will also see it getting updated on a real-time basis, as most of it will be rewritable data that will be fed to the students through all the available streams of communication. Some of the major differences in the technology-driven classrooms of tomorrow will be:
- Digitization and Real-time Books: The future holds a great deal of digitization as mostly every book will be used in a digital format where their data can be updated on a real-time basis. This will make the stubborn and dull images come to life with a more interactive experience with videos and images.
- M-Learning and Microlearning: M-Learning will revolutionize the learning experiences with the help of micro-sized bits of content that is delivered to the learners for frequent consumption.
- Open Educational Resources: Education was and always will be taken for the gain of knowledge instead just to land a job. As more specialized education requirements pop up and the steady rise in tuition fees and college debt, more and more students in the future will opt for the open education resources that are interactive and utilize the latest technology to give the learners a classroom kind of experience and knowledge.
- Social Learning: P2P learning is going to be a major contributor and a new form of information in education in the coming years. Peer 2 Peer learning can give you more valuable experienced from a rich community that shares ideas and information on each subject. This interactive platform can be a forum, quiz or even a role-playing interactive session.
3. Interactive games and simulations
Just like Room Quake, where a room is converted into an earthquake simulation, all educational experience will be simulated and could be interacted within the near future. This can be used in terms of Virtual reality where whole scenarios can be created to give you the best practical experience. This will be different from the textbook role play we have today. The learners will be well equipped, more vigilant and experienced when they are done with the Interactive gaming and simulation sessions.
Students can also work together in these virtual worlds like the multiplayer we have in the games today. They can solve problems, interact and get the best results as a team further strengthening the teamwork.
4. Teachers would be important
As textbooks are replaced by digital technologies and the classrooms become virtual in the future, the role of the teacher becomes even more important as they have to guide the learner through all the information, channels and devices to give them a perfect learning experience. Human touch is an important factor in the learning process as it will convey more than knowledge, such as emotion.
Teachers would be easily able to analyze the students, assess their progress both academically and personally and give them proper guidance throughout their learning cycle. As human emotion can be combined with robotic intelligence to give the best learning experience a student can get in the future.
5. Education and entertainment will merge
Nowadays there is a lot of entertainment content that is flowing through our devices. In the future, the entertainment content will be combined with education to give edutainment. Edutainment will change the way we consume entertainment as it will increase student interaction, engagement and retention rates.
The introduction of AI will help get a unique perspective to your education content combining itself with slides, videos, podcasts and other sources of entertainment intelligently. It will also guarantee to be a way of fun and creative route to education helping a student learn faster, more efficient and also save time in the process.
6. Better student adaptation and performance
The inclusion of new technologies such as Smart classes, Virtual reality, and Artificial intelligence will revolutionize the way education is fed to future generations. Teachers will be taking the role of guides and emotional support will play a huge role as there will be more time for individual attention to each learner. Blockchain is another technology that will change the way exams are taken and courses are completed. When these highly advanced technologies are used in the right way paired up with a teacher, it will help the student get a holistic learning experience that is advanced, fast and effective.
The beginnings of these technologies can be found implemented in classrooms today, but the future looks bright for the new generation with the best technologies in progress to help make education exciting, fun, relevant and at the same time efficient and widespread.
The future generation is sure to bring in the very change the 21st century requires and it all may start with the right education. As we discover new technologies to make life simpler, we should also utilize it to make education cheaper, relevant and defining in the future. It always the efforts of today that will reap as rewards tomorrow.