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
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.
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.