What Role Will Technology Play in the Future of Education?

Nov 22, 2018 by

Today, the learning environment has been fundamentally redefined since older generations were in school learning exclusively from teachers, textbooks, and chalkboards. Disabilities were undiagnosed and unaddressed back then, with no support networks in place to facilitate the learning of struggling students.

However,technology today is seeking to under do the mistakes of the past that cordoned off select students from learning. Consequently, whether its pinpoint accurate databases resembling SCADA or fully interactive robots, here is the role technology will play in the future of education.

Game-like Software

Software’s such as Dreambox, Quizlet and No Red Ink all test the abilities of pupils while also nurturing their learning experience. It’s adaptive programming that can quickly change pace depending on the learner’s ability and the needs they have in education. For example, if the questions are too difficult, automation can be used to scale the difficulty down, or made harder if the pupil is flying through each task.

More than anything else, these programs feed back data to the educators themselves. While the learners enjoy excelling in their studies in game-like virtual worlds, the teachers can harness all the results and view the strengths and weaknesses behind the learning of each individual user. Obviously, this data is invaluable and works like a quality SCADA system to accelerate the learning process.

Ultimately, these software’s aren’t the driving force of a students learning; they’re a facilitator. Future technology will build on this, helping learners along through personalised instructions and assist in formulating their decision-making and how they navigate their studies. They’ll also make learning more fun!

Robots and Drones

 In January 2017, reports surfaced of robots and drones having a presence in schools around the UK. The children would take them on skiing trips and teach them how to ski in one school, where their headteacher Geoffrey Fowler is ever keen to inspire “children to be a part of a new type of learning”. Of course, children learn in different ways, and while some excel down the traditional educational route of repetitive study, others thrive in learning more interactively.

Primary schools are also introducing classes that teach coding techniques, with US schools taking it a step further through teaching code through flying drones. This kind of educational pattern is a clear knock-on effect from innovation to innovation, and will no doubt expand to other schools in other countries in due time. It will inject enthusiasm into learning the world over, which is what learning should always be about anyway!

More Access to Education

It wasn’t too long ago that schooling and education looked extremely different. Teachers would be abusive, tests would only be passed by those who were extraordinarily gifted, and so forth. It was a more brutal, punishing, unforgiving environment,unfairly segregating many children and adults from the core of the learning experience.

After all, it’s only recently that students and pupils with learning difficulties, mental health issues and other complicated circumstances are being supported in education. There are now mental health counsellors with databases full of their student’s concerns both personal and educational, utilising technological solutions similar to SCADA systems to remedy problems.

Furthermore, there are assistive technologies in classrooms like phonetic spelling software’s,audible calculators and more. These kinds of devices can change the entire game of education for many in the future, and may even encourage older people to revisit learning now the support they missed out on has finally arrived. 

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