Concern around technology being integrated into the classroom is shared by both parents and teachers. Parents are worried that their children's data will be shared and used in a negative way, and teachers are concerned about the increased complexity it could add to their classrooms.
Tech has been welcomed into many classrooms with welcoming arms, which may leave some wondering why with the concern around them, but the answer is simple. Tech makes peoples lives simpler and opens previously impossible opportunities for teacher and student alike.
By using technology effectively, it can lead to vast improvements in teaching quality and efficacy. Some of the most effective (and future!) ways tech will improve education are:
One technology used in education we have all become intimately familiar with is video calls, many of us tired of being constantly having to talk to people through a screen. Even the CEO of Zoom recently admitted that even he is getting fatigued from video calls!
It is important to consider where we would be without them, the effect of the pandemic on education would likely have been much greater if teachers didn't have an effective way to reach their students.
Video calls also allow for students to receive tutoring from anywhere around the world, giving them advantages that were unheard of even just 15 years ago.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
A teacher soon will be able to use AI to personalise the teaching of each child in the classroom, without the hours of planning which would have been needed in the past.
The downside to AI however is the vast quantities of data required, and sharing of data, especially that of younger people is a valid concern, and it is important it is managed responsibility.
A teacher soon will be able to use AI to personalise the teaching of each child in the classroom
Virtual reality's (VR) ability to take you to places you never even dreamed of has brilliant applications to education and will open up many opportunities for improving education.
By taking learners to places in VR it can provide an immersive learning experience which can help children get more involved in their learning, and hopefully improve learning in the future.
Although it is probably some time until VR gets integrated into the classroom, but the benefits of it could lead to vast improvements in learning.
You may have already used augmented reality (AR) without realising, with some clothing companies using it to allow you to virtually try on clothes, and furniture companies for allowing you to place virtual furniture in your home.
AR in education is already being used through tablets and phones to allow children to see dinosaurs, human anatomy, or even DNA.
With the recent advances in AR glasses, the possibilities for AR in education are only improving. AR glasses would let students be able to view experiences which they previously would have had to see in a book, or through a screen.
As visuals are fantastic for human memory, the potential for AR to improve learning could be incredible.