Education of the Future

Much of my reading over this graduate school year has been focused on the history of American Education & how technology is being utilized (or failing to be utilized) in today’s schools. This week, I stumbled on a fascinating BBC article entitled, “Technology in Schools: Future Changes in Classrooms” that outlines some potentials shifts and trends to occur in the educational landscape in future years. Below are some of the most interesting ideas I encountered through the article, with additional links to read more about each of these potential trends:

  1. Flipped Classrooms: Students come to class having watched a lecture, video, or done some pertinent reading related to the content of that day’s lesson. Class time is then devoted to students taking part in a workshop. During this workshop, “students can inquire about lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another in hands-on activities.” Another key distinction of flipped classrooms is the role of the teachers. Teachers serve as “coaches or advisers, encouraging students in individual inquiry and collaborative effort.”

“In the developing world where, according to some estimates, up to 57 million children are unable to attend primary school, the idea of children learning without much adult intervention is a necessity not a luxury.” -Jane Wakefield

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2. Classroom Games: One teacher, Shawn Young, has developed a role playing game to engage and motivate students to perform highly in his classroom.”The teacher teaches as normal. Teachers can offer pupils points for good behaviour, asking questions, or working well in their teams and it gives them access to real life powers,” Mr Young says. Many teachers have used Classcraft and have noted its success in their own classroom. I wonder if a similar game could be created that would be driven more by content and not by classroom management.

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