Has it ever crossed your mind what education will look like ten years from now, with technology already sweeping through our classrooms; while educators and developers create more and more products designed to enhance education. One is left with an itching desire of the what the future holds for this system, with new technologies like AI, machine learning, and educational software changing the field for students, and shaking up the role of educators, creating philosophical shifts in approaches to teaching, and remodeling the classroom.
Adaptive learning software are quickly replacing the role of textbooks in the classrooms and students are tackling subjects with the aid of tailor-made computer programs that assist their needs. We would not be wrong to say that with an influx of new learning models available, traditional educational methods are bound to evolve in the next decade.
But the beauty of all these is that education is evolving at almost the same speed with technology.
It is almost certain that the way we best learn won’t change, but the tools we use and what we focus on most definitely will. Learning will still be through direct engagement with great educators, who will have to rethink how and what they teach.
Five ways technology has impacted education
Learning is more interactive: Education is interactive, and so is technology. Students learn by doing, researching, and receiving feedback. The invent of technology has helped students become more passionate about what they are learning. For example, A software such as Google Maps or Google Earth, would make studying geography more interactive and interesting.
Learning with simulation and modeling: Before the invent of technology learning about the evolution of the earth and animals use to be theoretical with vague illustrations, but with simulation software available, this has helped to bring to the classroom real activities that would be impossible to see without technology. By using specific simulation tools, students can see planetary movements, how a tornado develops, or how dinosaurs lived. Modeling software offers similar features. Instead of the static models used in previous decades, these tools allow students to see the dynamic characteristics of models.
Learning through online discussion; debate boards and forums: Students can now create online groups, Web pages, and virtual communities that connect them in real time with fellow students and teachers anywhere around the world through use of the Internet or software tools. They can receive instant feedback from their teachers and share questions and concerns about their lessons. By listening to and reading about others’ opinions and feedback, students refine their thinking, reaching higher levels of comprehension and deeper understanding. Online communities also present the opportunity for students to interact with others around the world.
Flexible working groups & Coaching: The roles of teachers have moved a bit further to more of a coaching role. As they aren’t just instructors who deliver a lesson. Rather, they support and guide student activities as coaches do. They provide feedback and coaching to the class so that students receive the appropriate information and academic training. While interactions don’t involve a class of students learning by themselves, but workings group strengthen by group activities, discussions, and debates, which encourages the establishment of democratic group dynamics.
Accessibly & Quality Education: The availability of technology has created an opportunity for citizens of low-income countries with poor education standard to gain from a global educational community. For example, A student in Africa can study any where in the world using the same educational curriculum through an online program, with the benefits of interacting with other students across the world in real time.
Technology is set to mirror how we learn outside of the classroom; therefore, it will be important to balance building technical skills with more general critical thinking and communication skills as this will help people as they adapt to a changing workforce.
Learning will be a lifelong endeavor and teaching is all about introducing students to a whole world of concepts that they didn’t know about yet. With technology in the classroom, it is like a foray into modern invention and the teacher is the expedition leader. We need to view digital devices and Internet spaces as a continuous incentive to our learning process, while guiding the young minds trusting us to show them what’s out there. Technology will remain and integral part of education.
Simon Ugwu Jr.