An expected outlook to technology in education in 2050
Technology in education: A topic that holds drastic questions inside it. You might want to know a host of questions –
- What is Ed-tech?
- How technology is incredibly helpful in education?
- What are some of the tools to use during digital classrooms?
- Which one is better to opt for your child: Homeschooling or Public schooling?
- How to score like a pro in your new “normal” online Proctored Exams?
- What are some negative feedbacks for introducing technology in your child’s education?
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The importance of technology in education is undoubtedly the potential to reach a vast number of students simultaneously and more efficiently. After all, technology has already infused itself in our education system and continues to expand in many ways!
Although some critics still are stuck to the conventional chalk-duster learning system, the possibilities opening consequently, after the introduction of Ed-tech is uncountable. One may certainly infer a broader access to education from different learning styles to degree options. Even if you’re not a educator or student anymore, the need to know the expanding role of technology in education is the same. (To clarify, you wouldn’t like to suffer from FOMO!)
To understand further, let’s dive into:
Why students need technology in the classroom?
There are numerous reasons for this like:
1. Simplifies access to educational resources:
Because this generation already relies on technology in their everyday lives, why not integrate it into the classroom?
When asked about his opinion on technology concerning the upcoming generations, Mark McCrindle (futurist, demographer and TEDx Speaker) said,
2. Improves the learning experience:
By incorporating modern technologies like Artificial Intelligence or Chatbots for instance, teachers can develop more creative and innovative lessons to sustain attention of the students towards the subject.
Further, there’re a plenty of AI-based solutions that embrace the educational sector. For instance, the names may include Third Space Learning, Little Dragon, CTI, ThinkerMath, Brainly, Khana Academy, etc.
3. Students can learn at their own pace:
Perhaps, technology can enhance individual learning and, so can remove educational boundaries set by teachers if any. It ensures all kind of learning from Distance to Online education (learn from home). In such learning, students can further directly interact with the mentors or tutors via chat, e-mail or phonic conversation without any kind of nervousness.
4. Builds students a step towards their future careers:
It’s not unknown to us how technology is ceaselessly expanding its role particularly in the working sector. As a result, its inclusion into the classroom may help students to get more ease and familiarity when approaching the start of their career. It can further ensure an interactive classroom with the use of digital tools like Socrative, Prezi, Udemi and others.
5. Demand from students:
In future, when there will be introduction of new ideas or subjects that they already have command or familiar with, they will certainly feel more confident. Therefore, we should integrate the use of technical equipments in their education from a younger age.
An expected outlook of education in the year 2050:
Infusion of Tech
- In 2050, there will be a complete infusion of technology in education. It is expected that at least 90% of all students would be certainly pursuing online degree programmes. Meanwhile, education will have a new face as democratized and globalized as per students, absolutely unhindered by age, social, geographical or national boundaries.
- There will also be refined virtual and augmented reality technologies powered by super-fast quantum computing and communication networks. This will, therefore, enable all the online learners to have the same experience as in their on-campus learning system.
- The number of on-campus students will also decrease due to decreasing demand for the old-fashioned learning face to face system and massive switch to the online mode of learning. For instance, In the summer of 2018, Arizona State University (ASU) launched an online general biology degree course in partnership with Google and Labster, the latter being a company specializing in designing virtual science laboratories.
- Further, the number of teachers will significantly decrease with more uses of AI-based bots. Overall student teachers ratio will go up to 100:1.
No Administrative work
- All the administrative, admission making and educational planning strategies, therefore, would be taken as per the smart machines. Most academic sectors would consequently hire a handful of people mainly to develop and maintain online modules and occasionally to opt seminars, tutorials and face to face lectures. While a majority of human touch staffs certainly would be transformed into bots with super intelligence.
- Bot teachers most importantly will have the potential to make learning more creative, personalized and instant in real-time. The judgement and grading system for the students will also become easier with detection of plagiarised contents.
- Robots will work enormously without any payment and promotions and therefore, will smash the attitude of some money-conscious faculty members.
- As more people will tend to distant learning, as a result, there will be no use of such large magnificent academic buildings and campus. Thus, many of it will get converted into malls, hotels or apartments for rent. However, this version is far from a dystopian fantasy.
Therefore, in the upcoming thirty years from now onwards, technology in education will work on clouds with unlimited boundaries. In conclusion, the education system in 2050 will consequently, attain a drastic significant height if it adopts a long-term view, and starts setting progressive trends. As a result, it will, become an agent, instead of a victim, of change.
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