The look of future education and why it matters today
First there was the chalkboard. Then came the projector. Today, it’s a smartboard. Kids learn Powerpoint in grade school. Keyboarding has trumped cursive handwriting in some schools. Adaptive learning and digital literacy is taking priority in classrooms across the country. Attention spans and learning styles now dictate the pace and method of teaching. Is the connected classroom our future model of teaching?
The power of technology
BYOD. Bring your own device is the new coffee shop experience. It’s a corporate standard. It’s a college necessity. And now it’s a method of teaching. Tablets and laptops hold textbooks, software and video lectures that students can readily access. The use of these tools is creating a dynamic, interactive, engaging way to learn and share information.
But is more screen time beneficial? Some say no. There are distractions, unmonitored content, eye strain, and the risk of being socially inept at having any human conversation. On the flip side, technology is moving ahead: embrace it or get left behind. Know how to use it and apply it. Technology has changed how we think and act. It also has changed the way we learn and evaluate. The future of education has arrived.
Tomorrow’s classroom today
Schools across the globe are using technology for information sharing and increased student engagement. Carrie Wiederholz, a teacher at Lewis F Cole Middle School in Fort Lee, New Jersey uses a flipped classroom. Videos give lectures and teach concepts while students watch from home. Students then come to the classroom to complete homework activities. They collaborate to solve problems and apply concepts.
A similar digital model mimics a gaming experience. Quest to Learn school in New York City builds curriculum in a gaming classroom using missions and quests to guide student choices. The concept supports learning through digital experience, digital media and interconnection.
Envisioning Technology Research Foundation illustrated the expected evolution of today’s traditional classroom. Lectures are evolving into studios that promote peer-to-peer interaction. Virtual environments allow for endless reach between students and faculty.
Robots, holograms and video games – a new teacher?
Meet Meccanoid the Robot. It’s changing the way kids learn to build, modify, design, fix, program and control this robot’s behaviors, speech and actions. This applied method of learning replaces memorization and tests. Kids take what they have learned and create. The best part: immediate gratification. What’s next? Holograms? (think Star Wars!)
Education is embracing the digital movement. Are you ready for tomorrow’s classroom today? What changes have you seen in the classroom that you wouldn’t have thought could be a part of the new way of learning? Share in the comments, below!
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