Today technology amazed me, I paid for my lunch using an electronic bank card stored on my phone, no wires, no pin, no fuss… and this blew me away; could I have imagined this 10 years ago? Or even 5 years ago? Well this made me think, how will you teach in 10 years time, what is the next revolutionary technology waiting around the corner?
The naughties Wi-Fi boom has well and truly hit, with technology getting ever more clever, reliable and accessible it is no wonder the world around us is changing, and at an accelerating pace. Just 10 years ago the tech in our offices and schools was in its infancy; computers were large archaic relics, the immortal iPhone was a concept in an Apple lab, and does anyone know what social media is?
Fast forward 10 years and the tech boom has changed the way we work, learn and play. Brands are tweeting, everything is in the cloud and kids everywhere are playing with tablets (and I don’t mean the things you eat!). So how has teaching changed? Well, coding is in the curriculum, every school has internet access and a lesson can be shared world wide. Like the chalkboard became the whiteboard and the whiteboard became ‘interactive’, today’s children are not shocked to see glistening 84″ 4K touchscreens in their classroom, or do their homework on a tablet more powerful than your average computer was 10 years ago. Technology ensures today’s students are immersed in vivid and interactive learning that is designed to unlock potential and build on the level of teaching offered as little as a decade ago. Solutions such as visualiser document cameras ensure learning continues to become evermore inclusive and accessible for visually impaired students, and intuitive cloud based software like SIMS and Moodle revolutionise the role of the teacher within the classroom.
So that’s now, but what about the future? Well the last decade of education technology has served to build on the existing infrastructure of the classroom- the Internet has became faster and the whiteboard has became a touchscreen… So with this in mind it is likely that tomorrow’s world will be the product of today’s infrastructure, students will fundamentally still learn in the same key learning styles (kinaesthetic, aural, visual etc…) but the framework that supports this learning will evolve. With technologies such as 3D printing, augmented reality and wearable tech paving the way to tomorrow’s classroom it goes without saying that classroom 2025 could see an even more dramatic evolution than that between classrooms 2005 and 2015. A particularly controversial notion is the idea that by 2025 teachers will instead facilitate self-driven learning rather than engage in traditional teaching practices, will technology be the driver behind this revolution or will tradition dictate? Only time will tell but we can say with certainty tomorrow’s teaching technology will continue the drive to make learning ever more accessible, personalised and intuitive than ever before.