Technology is changing many parts of the world today. There is no doubt that it will eventually start to change education. Integrating technology into classrooms and the learning experience will create new educational opportunities. The future of the use of technology in education could change classrooms in several ways.
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Technology will make it possible to have flipped classrooms. This involves giving students the factual materials or lessons through a laptop, tablet or other networked device while at home. The students watch lectures, read materials or go through interactive applications to gain basic knowledge outside of the classroom. The time in the classroom is spent discussing lessons, applying the knowledge or going through exercises. Technology will encourage a deeper learning experience by enabling flipped classrooms.
Distance and Online Learning
Distance and online learning will become part of most regular curriculums because of technology. Telepresence systems will allow students to interact with instructors and peers in a classroom while sitting hundreds of miles away. Online learning will become more accessible and more complete at all education levels. Although an OU masters in civil engineering program can now be completed online, they are going to become more common in the future. Technology will give students more access to degree programs regardless of schedules or location.
Technology is currently being developed to allow for an educational concept called gamification. Gamification involves self-directed learning and exploration through applications. The progress of students is tracked through game-like markers such as achievement badges. The applications include interactive challenges and games that teach core educational concepts. These programs can culminate in students actually creating new modules or applications through the framework. Gamification is a way to individualize education in schools without requiring constant one-on-one supervision.
Digital Classrooms and Supplies
Technology will change the way classrooms look and operate. Classrooms in the future will include digital whiteboards that act as blackboards or monitors. Children could have tablets or interactive surfaces built directly into school desks. Paper tests and notebooks will become less prominent in upper grades. Tangible computing will allow students to physically interact with digital environments and tools. New technology could even make reactive materials and supplies available for learning complex concepts.
More Collaboration Options
Technology and universal high-speed Internet access will provide more options for collaboration in the future. Real-time collaboration will be possible between educational professionals while developing curriculums. Students will be able to collaborate on projects with people from other schools. This includes schools in other countries around the world. Groups of students can have shared collaborative development space online. Technology will eventually create schools that have few or no borders.
By Annette Hazard