The educational landscape is always changing. New research and new trends produce shifts in thought and practice by teachers and administrators. One thing that is impacting education like never before is technology. Computers, which started out big enough to fill an entire room, now can fit into the hands of every Kindergarten student in the world. Moore’s law predicts that the processing power of computers will double every two years, basically creating a positive exponential curve. With the increasing power and decreasing size of computers available in the classroom, it is interesting to imagine what education will be like in 100 years. Here are 3 of our predictions on what it will look like.
1. Augmented Reality Will be the Norm
iOS, Android and Windows devices are already seeing the early stages of augmented reality being used for educational purposes. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are supplemented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
2. Students Will Be Connected Globally
Currently, the internet has made the world seem a lot smaller. Through various programs, students can connect online with other students across the globe. This trend will continue and be accelerated by improved connectivity globally as well as improved augmented reality. Students in 100 years will be able to virtually sit in class with other students who may live down the street or may live thousands of miles away. Instead of simply corresponding online, students (and teachers) will have the ability to fully interact with peers, almost as if they are in the same room.
3. Reading Will Still Be Essential
Literacy has been with us for thousands of years and 100 years from now it will be still an essential part of learning and education. Increased connectivity to information will mean that people will access reading content digitally and will do so more frequently. Informational text will become important enough as to be taught as a separate class in schools. Reading and analyzing fictional texts will still be a cornerstone of education.