What Education of the Future Will Look Like

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” With this simple quote, John Dewey states the true importance of education in beautiful words. Education is the most important thing for any generation as the right kind of education shapes a well-informed future generation while the lack of it may have several repercussions. School and college education has stayed roughly the same in the past, but not anymore. The advent and growing use of technology and new ways of teaching has seen a major shift in the way teaching is imparted in the average classroom today. Students nowadays are more technology-savvy, smart, and confident as compared to just a decade back. And such changes can only mean that education will see more overhauls in the future. Here are some things that we feel education in the future will witness.

An increase in the use of technology

There’s no escaping technology today—even in schools. Although many parents still feel that traditional books are the way to go, we cannot deny the role that gadgets and technology play in the field of education. Till now, cell phones and social media may not be allowed in the classroom, but the way things are going, students in the future may be heavily dependent on virtual learning. For example, a biology class may involve teaching students about 3D printing and its use in creating prosthetic limbs for medical use. In fact, Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC), which is a UK-based school, already uses Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA 11e Chromebooks to ensure that the students are engaged with technology across various topics.

Customized learning to suit every student

Education has been changing for the better, and one thing that can perhaps be predicted is that education will become more flexible and personalized. It is known that the current education format of one-style-suits-all is at times, difficult for certain students as each student has an individual learning speed, style, and capacity. The use of technology will foster a customizable format of teaching to help every student make full use of his/her potential. Discussion on such a change has already begun, as can be seen in this article published this year in Education Week.

Innovative learning environments

Knowledge thrives in the right learning space and environment, and educationists of the future will recognize this to bring about innovation in the classroom. To cite an example, people in creative fields often work in places where creativity thrives and they feel inspired, and the same goes for learning. An environment that is better suited for learning is one of the changes that will be seen in the future to encourage creativity and skills among students.

Flexible and accessible learning

The widespread use of technology also means something else for education in the future—accessibility for all. When technology permeates through different geographical locations and people of all ages, there is interconnectivity among all people and this means that education in the future will be more accessible to people. Leaning does not stop at a particular age, and easy access to the Internet will enable more people to continue their education irrespective of age. Already, well-known institutions such as Harvard, MIT, and Yale University offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and there has been an increasing trend of students enrolling for such courses. This will also work towards increasing employment, which in turn will benefit the economy and improve the overall quality of living for people worldwide.

 

These are just some of the changes that will shape education of the future, but one thing is certain—learning is all set to become more inclusive and accessible. And this will promote healthy competition, increased social awareness, and individualized learning to breed a new generation of thinkers and performers. To sum up with another quote, “The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” – Jean Piaget.

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