What Will Ed Tech Look Like by 2117?

12 May 2017

The technology is changing rapidly day in day out. It goes without saying that in 100 years education will be like never before. As the technology improves and the teaching models evolve, no one knows will there be robots conduction classes in medicine, law, and art? Will there even be a need for jobs seeing the rise in trend for entrepreneurship? And the likes thereof.

Ed Tech will pack both advantages and potential disadvantages. The pace of innovations in the modern world is unlike any we have seen before. To exercise caution and leveraging it for maximum benefit should be our end goal. We have come up with a list of possible innovations that might be shaping the next 100 years in education.

1.      Widespread use of makerspaces (earthquake table, 3-D printer etc.)

A makerspace is a shared learning mechanism more like an experience initially designed for Maker Culture has now found its way into classrooms. Its utilization is being tailored to suit the classroom environment. It is a combination of DIY crafts, manufacturing/engineering, and technology.

The use of it is not limited to schools but colleges have also begun to incorporate this into their culture. This prepares and helps a student in seeking solutions to the real world problems. These platforms are both mobile and their installation is easier on the pockets of the management as well.

Makerspaces are also beneficial in the Project Based Learning and Deeper Learning. PBL is where students complete official projects as assigned by the governing school/college. Deeper learning on the other is where students collaborate with other students on other projects from around the world.

There is another thing called Blended Education which has grown in significance. By means of Blended Education, it means that employing technology with traditional student-teacher interaction for learning. The implementation of makerspaces is expected in a couple of years down the road.

2.      Tracking every student’s move will become a reality

Student tracking bears a negative connotation but it does not mean they are being tracked for the ills but it is advantageous for the school management to know the whereabouts of their students. If they are engaged in certain ills, they may be curtailed. If they are seen taking interest in a discipline, they can be helped to excel and so on so forth.

The means to this tracking is by way of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Although, the biggest hurdle in its execution is the cost to integrate this technology. You can find assignment assistance in this regard online. Once a cheaper alternative is found students can be tracked for attending school, roaming around in empty classrooms and the likes thereof.

As stated in the beginning, it carries negative connotation and parents are certainly not going to be happy about it. Which parent would accept their child being tracked for his each move? None. Although, if or when implemented, it will greatly improve safety in schools. Logically speaking, how can you expect school owners to keep an eye on 1000+ students and locate a missing child without RFID? You can expect this to happen within twenty years.

3.      Students will become teachers

Yes, the students today will be teachers of tomorrow. The teachers today will become facilitators and children are likely to teach each other based on their areas of interest. This is a bit far-fetched now but within 50 years, this is going to become a reality.

Younger ones today are capable of identifying their paths and tend to pursue them while they grow up. By the time they have matured or come of age, their future is bound to be secure and in turn of utmost satisfaction.

4.      There will be many new tools

Tools in the education sector are flourishing and by the time 2117 arrives (should we live that long), who know we won’t be needing pen and pencil to write on a piece of paper or keyboard to type on computers.

We cannot say for sure but whatever is set to happen is going to be fantabulous! Imagine students using the successor in Google glasses to transmit their thoughts or class notes for that matter onto a computer. Other future tools might include protection of devices against devices, cloud learning, hologram lessons and so on so forth.

In conclusion

Can you visualize where we are headed? With this Ed Tech transformation, we are going to witness the marvels of unparalleled nature. Don’t be scared. Sit back and see the world transform right in front of your eyes. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Author Bio: Ivan Mark is an advocate of Ed Tech and loves to write in his leisure time. You can follow him for updates on the subject by following him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+

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