What will Education look like in the Future? Beth Rolfe

The classroom will be different and perhaps not a classroom at all. I do not think we will see desks lined up in rows with students sitting quietly as their teacher explains a lesson. Students will be collaborating via internet with students all over the world. We will be a global society. Sharing thoughts, ideas and working on solutions. Our students will be problem solvers. Lessons will be in real time. How we communicate our ideas will change also. Students will not rip out a piece of notebook paper to write an essay, but instead they will create videos or storyboards to demonstrate their ideas and publish to the internet. 3D hologram technology will be used for an even more lifelike experience . As virtual reality becomes more accessible and realistic, classrooms will move away from the desktops. There will not be a need to carry heavy backpacks filled with books, paper and pencils. Students will be using laptops, wacum boards and tablets to share work in class. The environment will be cleaner and allow for more work-space. The classrooms will be paperless.

We are not only changing the way we teach but we are also changing the environments we work in. How we learn might decide where we learn. We know comfort and the type of learning environment will increase the learning experience. Lighting, seating, noise level, internet connections, colors and people we work with all influence our ability to learn. Adaptable learning spaces make it easier to engage students by allowing changes in classroom configurations to different types of activities. Schools may not be buildings but sites where groups of people come together to share their ideas.

The tools we will be using are changing. Technology will be used in all subjects- personal computer table tops- personal labs for students. Books will be on pads and students will draw use voice activated commands to communicate ideas. Portfolios that are stored for future reference and allow teachers and students to edit and reflect. Students will be able to communicate with people outside the classroom. This gives the students the ability to tap sources of knowledge that would not have been available because of geographical barriers. Teachers will help students see the world in real time to create solution's to solve real-world problems. Teachers will be facilitators in these blended learning enviorments. Students will have choice in their how when and where they learn.

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