As the world comes out of lockdown post Covid, there are many areas of our lives that will never be the same again. Our enforced isolation will undoubtedly spark re-evaluation and revolution in many areas as we examine the opportunities to change the way we do things. Homeschooling coupled with the use of tech in education will be one of them. Artur Meyster, founder of Career Karma gives us his thoughts on what this might look like in the first of two articles on the use of tech in education.
The importance of education cannot be overemphasised. Apart from providing knowledge and preparing people for life after school, formal education is one of the primary agents of socialisation. It is a universal construct that will continue to evolve with time. Year-to-year, trends in the education industry change to meet the demands of learners, teachers, and students alike. These changes don’t just make the learning process more fluid, they also influence students’ perspective on formal education. Most of the current trends in education will remain in the years to come. These trends will shape the future of education on a global scale:
1. Adoption of Smart Spaces
Utilising smart spaces isn’t a trend that is limited to the working environment. Schools across the globe are making their classrooms smarter and smarter by the day. Keep in mind that smart spaces aren’t virtual. Students will attend in-person classes with teachers. However, they will have access to modern technology right there in the classroom. This isn’t limited to laptops and smartphones alone. All forms of modern technology that can be used to improve the learning process will be available in the classrooms. This includes smart boards, robots, AI-powered analytics tools, and many other tech learning management systems.
2. Integrated Learning Solutions
The digitisation of education started more than a decade ago. However, education is still far from being 100% digitised. Integrated learning solutions allow students to have a taste of modern education even without complete digitisation. Schools with strong digital infrastructures are doing everything they can to combine traditional learning methods with digital systems. So, students in such schools are using intelligent solutions like audio-visual content and other technologies. Teachers can benefit from online assessment tools for feedback, personalised teaching, and improving overall education.
3. Blockchain Education
As blockchain becomes a more concrete part of technological advancements, schools are beginning to teach it to students. The concept of storing and exchanging information through a decentralised ledger isn’t easy to understand. However, simplifying this subject to younger children and breaking it up into more understandable topics works fine. Apart from teaching students about blockchain technology, schools are starting to use this innovative tech to store certificates and other school-related data. Since blockchain technology is secure and tamperproof, there is no risk of forgery or malpractice when schools use solid blockchain infrastructures for all their critical data.
4. Professional Teacher Development
Students aren’t the only ones who have been benefiting from the innovative trends in the education industry. Teachers have also been benefiting. Apart from making their job easier and more efficient, there has been a growing emphasis on the professional development of teachers. This makes sense since teachers remain integral parts of the education ecosystem. Many schools across the globe now invest resources into ensuring that teachers are familiar with new trends and innovations in the education industry. They are being taught how to use modern technological tools for teaching. This trend will become more popular in both the private and public education sectors. Some teachers are also investing in online job training programs with their funds so that they can remain relevant in their industry.
5. Exam Management Revolution
In schools, exams are usually conducted under a lot of scrutiny. In some cases, external invigilators are invited for their unbiased opinion on examination, and students are forced to write under a lot of pressure. Statistics have shown that some students perform better when they aren’t under too much pressure from those supervising. Schools are starting to adopt a more fluid approach to exam management. The traditional style is being replaced with AI-based proctoring. Thanks to this technology, students can work without pressure and educators don’t need to worry about cheating. This AI tool monitors each candidate taking note of lip movements, changes in countenance, or anything else that might suggest that they are cheating. It is more effective than human invigilation.
The trends listed above are just a few of many that are revolutionising the education industry. These trends are already being adopted by many schools with the resources to fund technological innovations in education. The pace at which education has changed over the last few years has been rapid. Most of these changes came in especially handy this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Things are going to become better after the Covid-19 era. All these trends will shape and structure the future of education.