Education is set to get a massive overhaul thanks to technology. Here are our predictions for what the future classroom will look like.
Published: Friday, August 5th 2016
Technology has is changing the way we communicate and work, this is easily seen through the evolution of smartphones, tablets and laptops; what's more difficult to see is how technology can be used in the classroom.As things stand, education in South Africa has not seen much change from when we were in school. For the most part, learners are still using physical textbooks and taking notes down in a standard workbook.Thanks to the decreasing cost of technology as well as many companies putting an emphasis on the use of technology in education, we predict that learning as we know it will change drastically.
Classrooms are currently filled with rows of desks and a presentation area at the front of the classroom for the educator.Due to the interactive nature of technology, classrooms should evolve into more communal, creative environments.Expect to see desks replaced by interactive touchscreen surfaces large enough for groups of people to use them at the same time as well as the current classroom layout change to something more in line with what you might see in a coffee shop allowing learners to work together in groups and not just with the people in the same row as them.You could also see the inclusion things such as standing desks, which will benefit learners who struggle to sit still during a lesson.Students could also be given more power to decide where they sit and who they sit with.
Virtual and augmented reality
Both virtual and augmented reality are becoming more popular in everyday life thanks largely to the gaming industry.Education could benefit from both these technologies. Imagine a classroom where learners could tour the Himalayas without leaving the room (which they can thanks to Google's new Verne: The Himalayas app) or where they could solve problems using physical, interactive representations.Learners could also do thing such as open a book and see an image appear right in front of them, or see wild animals right in the classroom (without any danger).
Online learning tools
Information will live online, which means that they way lessons are conducted will change.Not only will lessons become more interactive, all the information will be available online for students to access. This means that each student could learn at their own pace and continue learning outside of the classroom.Learners will also be able to get support 24/7 no matter where they are provided they have an internet connection.These might not seem like drastic changes, but imagine the world where learning is no longer restricted by outdated learning material; where learning is interactive and collaborative instead of the current model where information is tossed at learners with the hope that they understand.