What is the future of learning? What will the classrooms of the future look like? New technologies like cloud computing, augmented reality and 3D printing are shaping the future of education in ways we can only imagine. In any case, we have something to build on. Let’s imagine.
We are still waiting for augmented reality to storm our world. Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and other interesting things are on the way that will bring the taste of augmented and virtual reality to our reality.
Devices like the ones we have listed are expected to surprise the public with their capabilities, allowing users to layer information on what they see through contact lenses or glasses. Currently, access to augmented reality technologies for educational purposes is limited for the most part to applications for smartphones.
Social Networks Online
Numerous universities have already registered with the Second Life virtual world to provide an online platform for students to communicate with each other. Being a big part of the cloud platform, these social networks allow students to focus on their studies and freely discuss ideas, while teachers act as moderators.
Another advantage is that it serves as an excellent feedback tool. A socially oriented approach to teaching in the future can become the basis. Even now online platforms, such as millennium alliance or mill-all, are also providing executive learning opportunities to students. Such platforms have digitalized the way of learning.
The “my dog ate my homework” excuse won’t work with teachers in the near future. Cloud technologies are developing, and very soon, without exception, all aspects of our lives, including education, will be subject to change.
In the classrooms of the future, students will simply need an electronic device that will provide access to homework and other learning resources in the cloud. No heavy textbooks, no “forgotten diary”, all materials will be available as long as there is an Internet connection.
This convenience will give students certain freedom because they can work on projects both at home and in any other place. “Home” work will not be so homework. The digital library will be available even in the absence of a real library.
Note-taking still works, especially during lectures, but is shifting from paper to laptops, netbooks, and tablets. As education becomes more digitized, it’s safe to say that paper will take a backseat in the future. How to keep it comfortable?
Flexible OLED displays may be the answer. Similar to plain paper, these displays will be light, flexible, and incredibly thin. They can be rolled into a tube or stored in a pile.
Unlike ordinary paper, these plastic electronic documents are not only durable (they simply cannot be torn), but also interactive. Swipes, taps, and tweaks will help to reveal all the conveniences of such a paper.
Over the past few decades, many have seen the advent of video projectors in schools, as well as the transition from a conventional chalkboard to a whiteboard. It is possible that the next step will be something related to smartphones and tablets. For example, the next whiteboard could very well be a giant LCD touchscreen allowing for more interactivity. The main difference between our current touch devices and such a board would be that it would allow input from multiple students at once.