Modern advancements in technology can cause one to feel as though we are always on the cusp of a great technological revolution in society. This is doubtful, but we should be proud and amazed at the little advancements we make every day. In that interest, here is a list of little revolutions we’ve already had, and how they will continue to advance our educational abilities in the years to come.
Recent years have made it clear that access to education is not to be taken for granted. We’ve all seen the value of remote learning opportunities to the average student. Now imagine how essential these opportunities are for students with disabilities, and mental or physical health issues. Even simply living in a remote area often restricts or hinders access to education, in America as well as less developed countries.
2. Data-Driven Insights
Consumer data fuels the insights and choices of industries throughout the economy, and soon we will see the same level of scrutiny applied to student data. Analysis and interpretation of this data will grow to be as big an industry as consumer data is, providing valuable insights into what educational advances are useful and which ones aren’t. Expect to see a greater understanding of how students are learning and where to best allocate resources
3. More Personalized Education
Tailoring an education to suit a students needs is hardly a new idea, but many advancements in educational technology have made this much easier. A visual learner has countless opportunities to have lessons shown via computer, for example. But educational technology will also provide more and more ways to streamline administrative tasks. Without as much bureaucracy and tedium on a teachers plate, they will have that much more time to focus on individul students.So as educational technology develops further, we will see not only more tools for students, but also more tools for educators.
4. Increased Immersion
Games like The Oregon Trail are often lauded for placing students in the position of deciding how to proceed in historic times. This immersive experience is how educational entertainment seeks to provide a more insightful or impactful understanding of the subject at hand. We can expect to see a greater emphasis on immersing students in their subjects. Virtual reality allows tours of foreign lands or museums, or even virtual dissections for learning biology or human anatomy.
Even language learners may begin to see virtual chat-bots provide them a more immersive experience than merely reciting learned phrases.
5. Advanced Automation
Automation can be a concerning concept to hear about, but it is already incredibly useful for education. Easier methods for attendance, administrative tasks, and more. Machine learning and AI are buzzwords for automated tools that advance themselves to better match their changing tasks. We can expect to see student tools changing themselves to better match learning needs, buildings to control costs and promote safe environments with better heating and security systems. Much concern and interest has been focused upon automation, and we can expect to see its uses continue to integrate into the educational world.