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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3 thoughts on “Education of the Future

  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of something like Classcraft but it makes me think of MineCraft, those books that all our students love! I can see ClassCraft being a huge motivator. I’m also wondering how to make it less of a behavior manipulator and more content driven.

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  2. Rachel, class craft sounds really great! It makes me think of class dojo and I’ll have to look into the idea a bit further. I also think that the flipped classroom is really something I would love to implement with my students. Having students come to class ready for discussion on that days topic will prepare them for the rest of their lives. In college you are expected to show up to class ready to add to the discussion from the previous days assignment. This makes for a much more productive class time and places the responsibility on the student to come prepared. I am wondering what a flipped classroom model would look like for a mathematics classroom?

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  3. Thank you for going into depth regarding the flipped classroom and class craft. Class craft sounds like a variation of Class Dojo. You’ve added some very eye-catching and colorful images in your blog post, too.

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