New technologies are shaking up the role of educators, creating philosophical shifts in approaches to teaching, and remodelling the classroom. With an influx of new learning models available, traditional educational methods are bound to evolve in the next decade.
Zoe Bernard’s article Here’s how technology is shaping the future of education had me discussing the future of education and the pros and cons to what technology can bring to the table:
1) “Technology is providing a way for learning models to become increasingly personalized.”
As a previous Special Education teacher I am so excited to hear about technology accommodating the different learning styles of students. I’ve used school wide programs such as SumDog (for Numeracy) and apps like Proloquo2Go (for Communication) that adapt to student needs, can be motivating for students, and also give educators and families useful feedback.
These programs and apps can be life savers when it comes to motivating a reluctant learner to try math or assisting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder in communicating with their family. Though these ideas bring hope, we all know technology isn’t cheap. Apps, personal devices, headphones, slanted desks, etc. add up and no one is handing out free cash to education now a days.
2) “Expect philosophical shifts in education.”
Now what does this shift have in store for those teachers who are just not ready to accept, embrace and utilize this technology shift? I know spelling tests, worksheets, brochure making (who really looks at a paper brochure anymore?) and desks in rows are still a thing, so how long will it take for the majority of teachers to hop on board? What happens if teachers begin to lose their relationship with their students because the student’s have already surpassed them?
What role will technology play in the hiring our future teachers? What will the prerequisites be? Will these new skills bring added pressure or are they a necessity for relevancy and effectiveness in our profession?
While educational models of the past focused on providing students with the requisite skills to turn them into skilled workers, the educators of today are more concerned with teaching students how to learn on their own.
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