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What Can Technology do for Tomorrow’s Children?

Truth be told, the classroom environment has not always been the welcome to adverse and monumental technological changes. If anything, the modern-day classroom has got to be one of the few fields that has resiliently opposed any attempted change as far as technological advancement is concerned. You need to look around to see that the regular classroom and education in general has not changed a lot for the past 100 years. One of the reasons for this is the fact that there has very little or no inventions directly aimed at revolutionizing how instruction is done in the modern-day classroom. But change is now is in the horizon.

According to future forecasts by 2050, the average American classroom environment will be nowhere near what we presently know it as. And here are some of the projections that we expect to see in the few coming decades

Hybrid Teachers

Strange term, right? But very soon we will have human teachers with their teaching capacity augmented with a host of wearable technology. These new gadgets will, for instance, aid the teacher to gauge whether or not a child has grasped the concept being taught in class. The inception of head-mounted Google Glasses has already heralded this new technology. The teacher wearing a variation of such glasses will be able to see the ‘status’ of the student via subtle signs that indicate that indeed the child has understood what is being taught. This could be a floating blue tick or green cross right above the learner’s head.

It might sound a bit fictional, but the possibility of this coming to pass is fairly high given the recent rapid evolution of wearable tech. It’s now just a matter of time.

Computer-Brain Interfaces

Imagine you are an instructor trying to teach a group of students the concept of mortgage brokerage and how mortgage brokers fit in the real estate market food chain. As you would also agree, there is nothing as ineffective as trying to do this verbally by just explaining in words or via dictating notes. In fact, 70% of them will have completely or partially forgotten the structure even before the lesson ends.

Nonetheless, by incorporating sophisticated teaching aids such as Smart Caps and other assorted headgear, the learners would be able to connect with you directly simply by thinking about what you just said. You would just to explain to them a rough sketch of the principles that you are trying to pass on to them and let their thoughts do the rest of the work. This way, not only will learning be more efficient but also it will make an instructor’s work easier as they won’t have to keep repeating the same things over-and-over again to reinforce the children’s memory.

How Can We Prepare Our children For this?

Whether we like it or not, there’s no denying that the above and many others are predictions are just a matter of eventuality. One way of making sure that you’re children will be ready to take full advantage of these projections is by training them to be impulsive and obsessive learners. This will make it exceedingly easier for them to adapt fast to the rapid changes expected to grace their classrooms soon.

3 Tech Topics that Inspired Learning this Year


Learning whether at school or home also updates itself with technology.

There is no doubt that tech trends these days are getting incorporated into the teaching space. Whether it is on the grade school platform or the more advanced levels, these developments have taken place and are forecasted to continue this year and beyond.

1. 2016 is all about Virtual Reality



Virtual reality has started to take shape in schools and learning institutions, and we do not think there‘s any turning back. Schools in California reportedly took students earlier this year to see ancient pyramids without leaving their classroom. Other schools did not get left behind, too – virtually, at least.



The use of this equipment was banned in some institutions last year instead of cheating. This is the ultimate flaw of technology, I would say. While advanced minds exert effort to create these devices and make life easier and more interactive for everyone, some still can use these wearables and defeat the purpose of education.

However, many educators argue that these glasses, wristbands and other wearables can still be used in the education space.

Teachers and assistants have more means to engage students in class discussions, which are now made more dynamic by technology. With GPS tracking capabilities, it is easier for an instructor to track exact student location using wearables. These bracelets are best in tracing kids at school, too.

3. Lower Price on 3D Printers


When the price of a commodity gets lower, it reaches a wider audience. This applies even to 3D Printers.

These printers allow students to recreate concepts in a three-dimensional view, which allows a better perspective compared to the usual length*width aspects. Learners may now simulate what they can only read before, and for visual learners like me, understanding becomes more apparent.

These are just three tech updates inspiring evolution in educational patterns and systems. The year is not over yet; we are expecting more to come. P.S. The Internet of Things (IoT) is scheduled to surface some more in 2017. Technology is getting exciting.

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids Effective Writing


Teachers are always going to be an integral force on your child’s learning over time. But as a parent, you want to make sure that your kid has all the tools and help necessary to succeed in school and ultimately in life.

Talk to Your Child More Often

No one beats inspiration to write than your own stories to tell. Spend time sharing your day or storytelling to your kid and vice versa. Make your stories appeal to your child’s senses and imagination.

Do this tip as often as you can. After all, whether your kid pursues writing or not, time spent on your child is time well spent. He/she may not write something out of that sharing immediately. However, who knows?  In a few years, you will read his/her article on kid’s first bus ride, with his/her, favorite parent.

Be the Sample

If you are not physically able to tell a story face-to-face, give your kid a call or better yet, write a letter about your experience. It takes some effort to keep your child posted like this.

To teach your kid how to write, be the sample. It does not matter whether it is a long article or a short one.  Then, encourage your child to write back in return

Reward Your Child For A Job Well Written

Give your child a small token for writing, like a cute pencil or eraser. Ask him/her to read it for you, too. Provide feedback and make small talks. Then encourage your child to write some more.

It pays to incorporate the rewards system when it comes to your child’s budding hobby. Nurture his/her talent, and make it a skill. Excellent writing skills may take your child a long way.

Also, give your child his/her own space to write. Decorate the space and make it conducive to thinking and imagination. Writers need inspiration, regardless of age.

Keep a Portfolio of Your Child’s Work

Amateur and professional writers keep track and create a portfolio of their works. Spend some time collating your child’s written pieces. Buy a scrapbook or a folder. Ask your child to help.

It would be best if you could be your child’s editor, too. Just remember not to overdo it. Writing takes years and years to practice. Starting early may help do the trick.

5 Effective Ways to Mix Education with Technology


When it comes to technology, parents nowadays should not miss some important factors to check on: the type of programs and content readily available to and accessible by their children, online security measures, and learning.

Here are five steps you can follow to get the most out of technology while teaching your kids.

1. Get the Wiggles Out

Children, just like most of us, are multimodal learners. They tend to remember things more effectively when exposed to their different senses – audio, visual, experiential, in combination.

While it is vital for them to focus, you may always incorporate devices and gadgets that help kids feel great in their spaces and get them up and moving around when it is suitable.

2. Make Topics Real and Applicable

Our brains tend to process information more easily if that info appeals to either our interests or in real life. This may be a challenging task when it comes to teaching kids, but you always have the option to be creative.

You may use interactive apps to teach kids how these lessons apply to reality. Be creative but realistic and you are ready to go.


3. Give Kids a Sense of Ownership

One benefit technology brings forth is its capability to teach independence and self-reliance to children. Make your kids play on an app, and let them learn on their own.

Beware, though. Kids learn fast. They may master your gadget before you do! 

4. Encourage Self-Paced Learning

Along with self-sufficiency, children develop the skill of learning things at their own pace. This allows them to work on their own, find where they need to focus on, excel in some areas and so on. Self-paced learning fosters self-assessment, which applies even after kids grow older.

5. Make a Safe Environment to Explore 

One extra good thing about technology is that it’s virtual. Thus, there are fewer worries about kids bumping their heads or getting a bruise when you leave them at home by themselves or even when you are busy doing your chores around the house.


Like anything, there are pros and cons to using digital media with learning. Follow the pros and tips above. Also remember to fight cons with precautions. Check security features, child lock, etc. before letting your kids play with gadgets. Parental guidance is still advised.