We are educating our kids today for future jobs that don’t even exist at this time.
The way technology is changing and the world is evolving at a head spinning rate, we have to pause and question the relevance of what is being taught in the school curriculum and the way that we educate our children. There needs to be a focus on creativity and personal engagement to truly enhance the learning experience and to instil a culture of continuous learning to keep pace with developments in the modern world we live in.
Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality
They say this is one of the most important trends in education technology for 2018. Thanks to the release of affordable accessories, MR will move from experimental technology to a new way of teaching and learning, that will allow students to experience lessons in a completely new way, for example by virtual travelling in past ages or to inaccessible places, by simply wearing a MR headset on your smartphone.
The majority of students today own a mobile device, even at junior school level. The mobile learning approach is also one of the most promising trends this year and allows for a greater connection between students and teachers and the development of on line communities for education. So you don’t need to be alone in your homeschooling journey. South Africa is just lagging behind in terms of connectivity and data costs, but this will improve.
Coding and the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT)
A big trend in US schools, where the government is investing heavily to create a focus on coding in schools so that students get more hands on experience with the Internet of Things.
Technology and art
While the STEM subjects are covered and easily integrated with the new technologies, 2018 will lead teachers in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Art) programs to develop the artistic inclinations of students – and not only the scientific ones – through technology. Adding art to the mix can also help students to develop critical thinking and to have a more creative approach to problem solving.
The four C’s of education
Communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity are at the forefront of education today.
Next generation online tools are facilitating student collaboration and communication, and allowing students to act as creators of knowledge, rather than just consumers. Collaborative learning models that drive student-centered learning and emphasize interacting, working in groups, developing solutions to real-world problems and communicating globally are the latest iteration of this trend.
A combination of face-to-face teaching, technology-assisted instruction and collaboration to address each student’s learning style and interests for deeper learning. This type of learning tailors instruction, expression of learning and assessment to each student’s needs and preferences. The best way to energize and engage students, is to give them opportunities to choose what they learn and how they learn it.
Education for everyone
The main goal of education technology is to make education accessible to everybody, beyond their country of origin or wealth level. Technology is a great medium for children to experiment, discover and express themselves.
The new learning generation is here for both students and teachers who have a responsibility to help students succeed in tomorrow’s world. To prepare our students for the real world, we need to put them in responsive, dynamic environments that reflect life outside a traditional classroom. The education system of the future will undergo a transition from a heavy emphasis on teaching to a heavy emphasis on learning