The Future Ready Classroom & Learning: Access to learning opportunities
Technology has impacted almost every aspect of life today, and education is no exception. Or is it? In some ways, education seems much the same as it has been for many years. Classrooms today do not look much different, though you might find modern students looking at their laptops, tablets, or smart phones instead of books (though probably open to Facebook). A cynic would say that technology has done nothing to change education. However, in many ways, technology has profoundly changed education. For one, technology has greatly expanded access to education. In medieval times, books were rare and only an elite few had access to educational opportunities. Today, massive amounts of information (books, audio, images, videos) are available at one’s fingertips through the Internet, and opportunities for formal learning are available online worldwide through the MOOCs, podcasts, traditional online degree programs, and more.
Access to learning opportunities today is unprecedented in scope thanks to technology. Today, technology enables forms of communication and collaboration undreamt of in the past. Students in a classroom in the rural U.S., for example, can learn about the Arctic by following the expedition of a team of scientists in the region, read scientists’ blog posting, view photos, communicate through e-mails & videoconferencing. Students can collaborate & share their learnings on using technology-based tools such as wikis and Google docs. The walls of the classrooms are no longer a barrier as technology enables new ways of learning, communicating, and working collaboratively.
Technology looks like in ten years may change dramatically. Innovation in AI, for instance, is happening at a rapid pace. While AI tutors and teaching assistants will ever replace teachers, machine learning algorithms will help educators on non-priority tasks – like reading directions out loud, grading standardized tests, taking attendance – so educators can focus on more 1-on-1 time with students and on the more thoughtful activities only a human can do, like forming arguments, writing critically, and initiating more interesting and compelling discussions.
In education, we often talk about higher education providing a greater ROI and better preparing students for jobs. But what does that look like when you consider 85% of jobs that will exist in 2045 haven’t been invented yet?
“Majority of my learning came from outside a classroom since until a decade ago, my area of interest didn’t even exist. Learning, unlearning and relearning new skills is how things are in this VUCA World. Providing an engaging & accessible platform that allows people to connect & network across different ecosystems is the way forward” as quoted by Aarul Malviya, co-founder of MASH Virtual(UK).
In ten years, it will be essential to ensure students are gaining skills that make them employable, we also need people to be adaptable and need to teach them how to learn. It’s very likely that their formal education will not end when they graduate college, and they’ll have to level-up their skillset several times throughout their career. Therefore, in higher ed, it will be important to balance building technical skills with more general critical thinking and communication skills (which will help people as they adapt to a changing workforce.
zamit is a mobile app committed to be the one-stop platform that networks & supports school ecosystems to be future ready.
Zamit is the brainchild of MASH Virtual (UK) who are London based creators, actively building unique AR/VR applications, games and mobile applications. The App provides information, engagement and interaction for schools, students, teachers, parents and school service providers. It offers various functionalities such as school listing and search, educational news, events & updates, podcasts & videos of talks by eminent experts from diverse fields, engaging activities, stories for children, teachers’ resources, growth opportunities for teachers, edutainment, zamit centralised admissions system (ZCAS ), live streaming of school events and more.
With many satisfied users, zamit is ranked amongst one of the very useful apps in the ed tech vertical.
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