Technology is having an influence in every area of our lives and education will prove to be no exception in the coming decade.
By 2027, desks will have integrated screens, lessons will be created, shared and experienced in the cloud, and homework will be done through digital applications through mobile devices. This opens a world of possibilities for virtual teaching. Children in a UK classroom could receive instruction via video streaming from top experts in their field, from any location in the world. A French lesson becomes so much more engaging when taught by a French teacher streaming directly from Paris. Children could ‘visit’ historical sites, see the real geography of the planet, take tours through international universities or research laboratories, and examine the world of work from the inside, all from their classrooms using a virtual reality headset.
Artificial intelligence is almost certainly going to have a presence in the classroom. With bots like Kuri and Olly already making their way into people’s homes, it’s inevitable that bots like these will assist in classroom environments, answering questions and providing children with guidance and support.