Education lies at a peculiar crossroad in society. On one hand, it has the responsibility of anticipating real-life skills by preparing us for an increasingly complex world – but education methodologies can only be formalized after practices have been defined. This dichotomy is particularly aggravated when it comes to technology, where fast-paced innovation and perpetual change is the only constant.

This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades. Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning it’s a matter of time before these scenarios start panning out in learning environments around the world.

 

Educational Classroom-Studio-Virtual Evolution

The prevailing paradigm of a single teacher addressing dozens of students unidirectionally in a physical setting. Today, technology is fixed and centralized, either in a computer lab or within the classroom

 

1. DIGITIZED CLASSROOMS

Rather than considering IT a standalone tool or skill, digitization tends to disperse throughout every facet of the classroom. The features of the digitized classroom include the following:

  • Tablets
  • Electronic Paper Screens
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Data Projectors
  • Classroom Performance Dashboards
  • Cascading Knowledge Maps
  • Desk-sized Screens
  • Wall-sized Screens
  • Object-embedded Intelligence
  • Attention Tracking
  • Eye-tracking

 

2. GAMIFICATION

This is Billed as an evolution in grading mechanisms, gamification brings instant feedback to acquired knowledge through achievements and points systems. The features of the gamification include the following:

  • Student-developed Apps
  • Educational programming tools
  • Educational games
  • Achievements & badges
  • Self-paced learning

These are some key changes technology has brought to education. Next week, we will look at a few more revolutionary features in education from where we are to where we are headed.

 

 

 

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