At the beginning of the year, I decided to step outside my COVID bubble and take my three kids on a short trip to Dinsey. My favorite part of all the parks in Disney World is “Tomorrowland” I love seeing what my grandparent’s generation designed/thought the future would hold for us all. Seeing where we are verse where we thought we would always make me wonder, what will the future look like? As many of you know, I work in the educational field. I am not a teacher but work in administration, which means I get the boring funding and planning part of the job. But this assignment made me wonder, What are schools going to look like in the future.
I can tell you that in the last five years, my district made the transition to what we call “one-to-one,” meaning that every student in our entire school system has a computer/tablet for their personal use. Little did we know we were preparing for a global shutdown that would ultimately change the way we taught our students, but I am proud to say that we were ready for the online transition when COVID 19 hit.
So as it stands in a year, education has gotten complete over haul. According to Study International, five EdTech trends will change education even more in 2021. Those were IOT- Internet of Things, AL Artificial Intelligence or ML Machine learning, Blockchain, Big Data, and Robotics. As a mother of two primary school-aged students, I could not agree more.
The one I relate to the most is IOT. Knowledge is at the tip of our fingers now. We no longer have to spend countless hours looking for answers because we have access to everything we need with the internet. It has completely changed the way we seek information. As we add more and more devices to the internet, we are only connecting humans to more knowledge faster. Are we even going to need libraries in the way we think of them in 10 years, or are we going to have data-based information centers that point you in the right direction of what to type into a search engine? You know, it all about how you word it.
The following article I read was from eLearning Industry, and they speak on educational trends. The one that caught my eye was the use of digital learning platforms used for social distancing. My district is just now going back to face-to-face instruction. We are not following Governor Cooper’s plan for K-5 at 100% capacity for five days a week, and we are keeping it small and following a hybrid schedule. As a mother and as an educator, I asked: Have we changed teaching for the near future? My oldest daughter is in 4th grade and now getting face-to-face instruction, but her work is still computer-based. I see a trend, and I do not know why we would go back. We have trained our teachers and students to adapt to this new world of education. Why would we not continue to run with it and expand on it? For the future, I am predicting that we are going to get further and further away from what my generation considers traditional teaching methods. Could it be that we are headed in a direction much similar to this class? Self-taught material with peers with a mediator to point the students in the right direction? Who knows, but I am excited to see what the future has in store for us all.
Bui, S. (2020, November 19). Educational technology trends In 2020-2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021, from https://elearningindustry.com/top-educational-technology-trends-2020-2021
Staff, S. (2020, December 09). Five edtech trends that will transform education in 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2021, from https://www.studyinternational.com/news/edtech-trends-changing-education-in-2021/