Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ways technology will change education

At our last R&D team meeting we were in small groups discussing the following question:  Given all you know about the changes in the world, what should learning and  education look like in 2030?  

As I was thinking about this, a friend on Facebook shared an article by Terry Heick about different ways technology will change education by 2028.  I'm sharing some of my favourite points from this as I'm thinking about the question asked in the R&D meeting:

By 2018
  • Digital literacy begins to outpace academic literacy in some classrooms
  • Purely academic standards (such as Common Core) will start to decline.  Educators seek curriculum based not on content but on the ability to interact, self-direct and learn.  Institutionally-centred artifacts of old-age academia will lose credibility.
  • Visual data will replace numerical data as schools communicate learning to family and community.
By 2020
  • Cloud-based education will be the rule - with better aggregation of student metrics, more efficient data sharing and more visual assessment results.
  • Schools will function as think-tanks to address local and global challenges
  • Diverse learning forms begin to supplement school
  • Self-directed learning studios for families
By 2024
  • Learning simulations will begin to replace teaches in some eLearning environments
  • Personalized learning algorithms will be standard in schools that continue with a traditional academic learning approach.
  • Diverse learning forms begin to replace schools.
  • Schools we be outnumbered by eLearning, blended learning and self-directed learning as well as learning simulations in virtual worlds.
  • Newer certificates of achievement and performance that are social, portfolio-based and self-selected will begin to replace institutional certificates including college degrees.
In an educational system where many think not much has changed since the Industrial Age, it seems there are some very radical changes predicted for the coming 10 years.  What do you think?  Which ones do you agree with?  Which ones do you think are complete fantasies?

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