How Educators Deal With a New Digital World
We do live in an amazing time in human history. At no other point in time has more children been given a chance to a formal education than in the age which we live in now. Due to awesome global commitments and social movements such as the Education For All and Millennium Development Goals, we now see more than 90 percent of all primary-age children in school.
Employees seeking tomorrow's jobs will need to possess collaborative people skills and have great problem-solving attributes. Schools are now being forced to level the playing field for students by offering digital learning.
By introducing a digital learning environment, students are able to boost their skills using technology they will end up using in the future. Whether it is virtualization, the cloud, or software-defined networking, educators are given the technologies needed to encourage students to develop specific skill sets.
These are some things today’s educators are adopting in order to ready students for the future.
There Will Be a Time All Students Must Learn Coding
We are at a very crucial tipping point when it comes technology in the classroom. Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) said:
“With improved connectivity and increasingly impactful educator professional learning around the use of technology, many students will have new experiences as the bell rings to start a new school year. Because it serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world, ISTE has a unique perspective on how technology is transforming learning around the world."
Some people say English is the international language of business. Soon, coding languages will also become the international language of problem-solving. For the problem solvers of tomorrow, being able to code will become crucial.
In today's schools, those educators who are aware of this need are incorporating coding and computational thinking into their courses across their curriculum and encouraging their students to become digital content creators.
Students Will Benefit More From Real Time Feedback
Since the beginning of time, educators would wait until end-of-unit or end-of-year exams before they truly knew if their lessons had truly reached their student's minds and increased them in knowledge. If the results of the exams showed that the student hadn't gained anything from the lessons, by the time educators found out, it was more often than not too late to intervene. By then, the student would fall behind. Technology isn't just about measuring heart rates or Big Data. Now technology is providing real-time learning feedback.
Culatta says, “Tools that can visualize student progress in real time and recommend learning activities based on individual student progress are just becoming available. This will allow teachers to intervene and adjust more quickly when students are struggling to comprehend difficult subjects.”
Virtual Reality Classrooms Are Coming
In 2017, we have already begun to see Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) making real impacts on how students are learning. Imagine students being able to travel around the world and visit places they've never been, travel back in time and relive events, or even travel go inside a water molecule.
Well, at ISTE 2017, teachers and education leaders were shown technology that will do just that. The goal, nonetheless, is to ensure teachers continue to consider what their teaching goals are for the students, then apply that to the technology, as is presented in the ISTE Standards.
Furthermore, there may be a time when children no longer have to travel to a physical school in order to learn. Students may be able to lay back in their Amerisleep, slip on some VR goggles, and transport himself or herself to a virtual classroom. So much time and money would be saved with such technology.