A dramatic shift is sweeping through our schools. The signs are all around us. Third graders texting on their cell phones. Kindergarteners who can navigate an iPod Touch better than we can. Middle schoolers who already have an Internet following on their blog or YouTube channel.
These are not the same 21st century learners we came to know over the first decade of the new millennium. For these students, simply watching videos or images during class, playing an Internet multiplication game, or even taking turns at an interactive whiteboard is no longer enough.
These new 21st century learners are highly relational and demand quick access to new knowledge. More than that, they are capable of engaging in learning at a whole new level. With the world literally at their fingertips, today’s students need teachers and administrators to re-envision the role of technology in the classroom.
Education as a subsystem of economy is a structural component of production, exchange, distribution, consumption and reproduction of economic values. At the same time, education produces specific value added, market commodity – educational service, and transforms an ordinary person into a rare labor resource under conditions of extremely dense specialization of economic activity. The decisive role in this process belongs to higher education.
Development of higher education and professional training at the modern stage is considered through the prism of the newest world trends, which is accompanied by revision of educational strategic priorities and value conceptions, methodological and methodical bases, by specification of functions.
6 Key Trends In The Education Technology
The following are some of the major trends in tech adoption in education:
The future of the digital economy can be driven by those with programming skills and an understanding of how computers work. It’s becoming more relevant for students to interact with technology, and so they can control programs, devices, and apps of various types.
Collaborative learning models prove to be more and more successful. Collaboration mirrors how humans solve problems, and digital tools help students connect with each other. Synchronous and asynchronous workspaces are created in tools such as Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Classroom, and remove space, time, and demographic barriers among students.
Learners are starting to explore subjects via active creation rather than passive consumption of content. Fabrication laboratories, maker spaces, intuitive creative suites of desktop programs, media centers, and applications provide hands-on opportunities for students to channel their creativity into solutions, inventions, and expressions.
Adaptive learning tools, as well as open educational courses, are personalizing as well as democratizing the way students learn. Combine these with a mobile tech such as a network-connected smartphone or tablet, and students will have a powerful anytime, anyplace, anywhere learning environment.
Flexible learning spaces enable students to create as many groups as needed for lessons. Network-enabled classrooms enable students to connect and collaborate in familiar mobile and social modalities, which are part of their day-to-day digital habits outside of the classroom.
For students to stay motivated, they need to have a sense of how their skills and knowledge have an impact. Social media platforms such as Twitter, Snapchat, and WeChat keep students connected to local and global issues. When folded into pedagogy and combined with content creation tools such as WeVideo and YouTube, the same outlets can be used to contribute solutions or insights in meaningful ways.
Philosophical Questions and Issues
What is the role of technology in education? How should technology be used for teaching and learning? When should it be used? What types of learners (learning styles, ages, ability levels, gender, etc.) can best benefit from what types of technology? How does technology affect what and how we teach? How does technology affect our lifestyles and our whole educational system? Should we reconstruct education because of technology? What should the educational system look like in the next few years because of these advancements in technology?