Ten Major Changes In The Future Education
Of course, even now we have lots of innovations that have been already adopted in different spheres of our lives, for example, the technologies in the classrooms got much smarter. Almost everyone knows how to obtain an online bachelors degree now. Besides, there are many great tools and apps for college students that have already made the learning process more modern, simple, and enjoyable, but the best is yet to come! The ideas that you are going to see here should help us make a big step towards an improved system of education that would let us deliver even a higher quality of knowledge to every student, which is great!
What is the future of education? How are classes of the future going to look like? New technologies, like cloud computing, augmented reality, and 3D printing, are paving the future for an education system that we can only imagine. In any case, we have something to start from. Let’s see what the future holds for us!
1) Augmented reality
We’re still waiting for the augmented reality storm to go through our world. On the approach of Google Glass, Oculus Rift and other curious things that will bring the taste of augmented and virtual realities to us.
Why do people need it? Devices like the ones we listed are expected to surprise the public with their capabilities, allowing users to layer information on what they see through contact lenses or glasses. Currently, access to AR technology for educational purposes is quite limited now.
For example, the Sky Map application allows you to explore the night sky in search of constellations, but it should take a long time before such applications can be applied in schools. What is missing is a complete system.
Augmented reality needs to be tightened and has tips for all cases of reference to real objects, just imagine the educational system in the future when having such glasses! Distance education will become a usual thing.
2) The study will not be based on memorization
As we said above, computers and Google Glass are transformed into tiny lenses, providing the ability to download all the necessary information. There are already augmented reality glasses that have such a function. Therefore, in a year or two students will be able to easily search for answers to questions on the Internet: it is enough to blink — and the necessary information should appear.
How is it useful? It will not be necessary to overload the brain with useless knowledge, the bulk of which, as practice shows, is subsequently not used. On the other hand, the released mental reserve is reoriented to develop the ability to think, analyze, argue and make the right decisions.
3) 3D printer in schools?
What can be the best gift for your 10-year-old son than a LEGO set? For example, a children’s 3D printer and such thing should be in every class soon – students of the future will be able to print any desired 3D-model for a variety of tasks. This should be not only effective but also quite engaging.
Young engineers and their teachers are the best examples of people that need 3D printing when studying. In Minneapolis, one of the schools has already acquired a printer Dimension BST, with which students create design prototypes. This improves students’ engagement during the learning process.
Let’s not forget that 3D printers are constantly falling in price, which means that very soon they will be available to everyone. Besides, it should help improve the pupils’ performance. If you print the physical version of the structure of some object, students are going to be able to better understand what they are dealing with.
4) Clouds, clouds are everywhere
The “my dog ate my homework” excuse won’t work with teachers of the near future. Cloud storage of files should completely replace what we have now. Cloud technologies are evolving, and very soon, without exception, all aspects of our lives, including education, will be changed. In the classrooms of the future, students will simply need an electronic device that will provide access to homework and other learning resources in the cloud. Why is it good? No heavy textbooks, all materials will be available if there is an Internet connection (that should be globally available soon).
Cloud computing work to virtualize the classroom. Schools can use cloud technology and create an online platform for student learning. Simply log in and attend classes in a virtual environment.
5) Diplomas will disappear as unnecessary trash
This will happen because education in the future should no longer be limited to any time and space frames. Apparently, there will be certification centers in which specialists will take qualifying exams, which determine a set of skills and competencies. Depending on the result, the person will receive or will not receive a certain position. Perhaps, over time, also introduces a standardized scale of points — their number should allow you to take a certain position in society.
6) Flexible displays instead of boards and laptops
Why do we need this? It is more convenient. Of course, taking notes still works, especially during lectures, but shifts from paper to laptops, netbooks, and tablets. As soon as education becomes increasingly digitized, it’s safe to say that in the future, the paper will be no longer in use. How to keep writing process but make it more digital?
To answer this question, we can take a short look at flexible OLED displays. Like plain paper, these displays will be light, flexible and incredibly thin. They can be rolled into a tube or stored in a stack.
Unlike ordinary paper, these plastic electronic documents are not only durable (they just can’t be torn), but also interactive. Swipe, taps, and tweaks are going to help to reveal all the convenience of such paper.
7) Biometrics: eye tracking
Another technology that is rapidly gaining recognition is biometrics. Conventionally, biometrics is usually associated with the security sphere, because it uses what is unique for each of us: fingerprints, facial recognition, voice, retina. However, it can come in handy in many other fields. From an educational point of view, the institution could use fingerprints to prevent absenteeism and to issue books from the school library.
However, eye tracking can also be useful, for example, by providing invaluable information to teachers. This is a visual representation of how a student absorbs information and understands the content. In advertising, the same research helps to determine how users respond to the ad and what exactly gets their attention. Similarly, this form of analysis can be used to determine the effectiveness of a course or learning style. How does it work? Mirametrix, for example, uses its S2 Eye Tracker to evaluate the quality of student learning by where they look during classes. This is quite an effective approach.
Low-cost alternatives are embodied in the form of Eye Tribe for Windows and Android, so it remains only a matter of time before these data will be used by teachers.
8) Textbooks will have artificial intelligence
How? Every book will have a feature of selecting educational materials – pictures, texts, videos, tasks, schemes for the needs of each student, regardless of how old he/she is — six or sixty. People will form themselves, realizing what kind of knowledge they need and choose teaching strategies for themselves.
9) Everyone will have their personal virtual tutors!
By purchasing a tablet and downloading the teacher with artificial intelligence, the person of the future will not be able to part with his private tutor. Getting a higher education in 10 years may cease to be something special, should turn into a routine as the ability to read.
In November of 2017, Microsoft released an app for learning Chinese. It requires the student to answer to short texted and audio messages of the teacher-bot in the chat. However, the digital master of Microsoft is not a regular chat-bot. The artificial intelligence incorporated in his algorithm analyzes the user’s answers and selects the necessary load for his studying. The application interface also helps the digital teacher to simulate a real interlocutor. Imagine, how far this app can go in ten years?
10) In 2050 humanity will create a superintelligence!
Michio Kaku (American physicist of Japanese origin, who was called one of the smartest people in New York by The New York Times) believes in this date. The superhuman will be far superior to the best minds of mankind in almost all fields. How is this possible? For example, more recently, an international team of scientists within the European Human Brain Project has created a unique map of the human brain – Big Brain, showing its detailed structure with an accuracy of 20 micrometers. This anatomical Atlas will not only simplify the work of neurologists and neurosurgeons but should also help to treat serious diseases and provide an opportunity to see how the brain processes emotions, perceives information. Sounds impressive, right?
This is going to significantly speed up the process of creating super-creativity, as well as the safest to improve and stimulate natural cognitive processes, to develop a knowledge base. Brain chips, providing a continuous supply of information — the technology of the near future. And we believe that this breakthrough should happen soon.
Throughout history, education has undergone many changes, but it seems that the most important ones are just waiting ahead. This is true! In the near future studies will be much more accessible, faster, more efficient and individual. And most importantly – it should receive a more objective system of evaluation of personal qualities, and we can expect that in the near future all the most prestigious positions will be occupied only by the smartest, most talented and creative people, regardless of their status.
Soon, every student in the world should receive personal e-Hawking and e-Mask.