The 'digital classroom' is a conversation topic that never sits still, as the relationship we have with technology allows the classroom to be an ever-changing environment.
But the real question is, how close are we to the digital classroom? Obviously, the answer to this question will vary per school, college or university, but discussions within the education world would suggest that we really are getting there.
Here are 5 of the top Education predictions for 2016...
1. Freedom to create
Learners will increasingly want to create, programme, code, invent and publish. Their instinctive use of technology inspires these native users to be themselves and express their passions and confidences. Some teachers feel that students ideas should be tested without the pressures of grades.
2. Active learning environments
The increase of flexible learning spaces will encourage collaboration between students of all ages. I saw a recent example of this at Denbigh School in Milton Keynes, where one of their art spaces is shared by 3 classrooms at a time. The ages of the classes range throughout the day and it was explained to me that, as an example, if there is a particularly talented student in Year 7, they would be encouraged to go and work with the Year 9's.
What a great way to inspire children's passions and enhance their talent.
This is when you apply game-like principles to a subject, which is designed to increase interaction and engagement. A basic example would be the introduction of scoring leagues to subject tests. But the impact of devices such as the interactive whiteboard, tablets and the mystical world of virtual reality means there are no limits to how creative educators can be with game-like scenarios.
Parklands Primary, a school that ACS works with, use MineCraft to encourage students with creative writing. When given a new writing topic, the teachers set the students the challenge of creating their story using Minecraft and then turning it into a written piece. They have seen huge improvements in the engagement of students, particularly the younger male pupils.
4. The Flipped Classroom
Now this concept works around giving students the capacity to learn outside of the classroom so that class time is used for skills work, where new knowledge is applied. Teachers are increasingly testing the boundaries of letting students lead the way. A University in Berlin runs Masters courses with no teacher-led lectures. All the content is generated by students, with professors acting as the 'guide on the side.'
5. Mobile Learning
Across the ages of students, it will come of no surprise that the most popular device is the smartphone. Thanks to this, it is increasingly important that any eLearning materials are mobile friendly. Teachers are predicting the increasing use of web-based classroom apps and online learning platforms as students feel more engaged to learn in different environments.
The above are trends that have been recognised by educators all over the country. Amongst them, you might have noticed a common theme...Technology. For the above theories and ideas to be successfully implemented, the technology needs to be right.
At ACS, we work with educational institutes from primary schools, all the way up to Universities. We help ensure that the right technology is in place, within budget, so that learning visions can be achieved.
If your school, college or university needs help implementing a modern learning vision, talk to one of our team here or call 0844 481 5786.
Our solutions are tailored to your needs.