Major Changes in Education What the Future Holds Casa Thomas Jefferson Class 555 – Marista Teacher Dani Lyra December 2011
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mortsan/5145386791A group of teenagers were asked to writeabout how technology will impact the waypeople learn in a near future.Here’s what they have to say.
The School of Tomorrow “The importance of the reform of education systems is pointed out by internationalorganizations as a priority in preparing the public for this post-modern society. Nowonder that the introduction of new digital technologies in educations introducedchanges to the social, cultural and technological world. With the increase of thetechnology because of the globalization, many sectors of the society are beinginfluenced by it. I believe there will be several changes in education in the next twentyyears because of technology. In a near future, there won’t be textbooks. Students would have access to the textsin the internet, using tablets and computers in class. This could happen also becauseof the environmental concern, which many people would be thinking of ending theexcessive waste of paper. For some specialists, support education in schools needs tofollow the changes in society. If we can preserve nature and also have access toinformation on the internet, why won’t we do it? Another point that we have to think about is the subjects studied. In my opinion, wewill have more because people will have to be more prepared to the labor market.Students would have to know how to use technology, create strategies to improve itand know a little bit of everything. This probably will be a fact as a consequence of theglut of information from all sides, basically from the media. Although classrooms will continue to exist, people will have a second place to learn:the internet. Conversations, e-mails and videos could be more frequent and become away to study and have fun at the same time. In the past years, students have usedyoutube.com not only to see cool videos, but also classes and lectures. Carly Fiorina’ssentence expresses it, “Technologies evolve in four basic areas - from analog to digital(scan), from physical to virtual (virtualization), from fixed to mobile (mobility), from themassive to the individual (personality)”. No books, more subjects to study and other ways to learn will enable people tohave an effective and expanded education. If all these predictions become true,mankind will have a better and more integrated future.Manuela Braga
Education in the Future We can see nowadays how the educational system has really excelled in terms oftechnology. In the past few years, human kind has developed a lot of technology thatcould be implemented in schools all over the world. It’s almost sure that schools withthis new technological equipment will motivate students and make them become moreattentive and participatory. But what technology am I talking about? Well, textbooks and notebooks should bereplaced by tablets. With tablets you carry less weight and you pay less for the pagesof the textbook or notebook. Also, you foster ecological awareness. By using gadgetslike tablets at schools, students will use the internet a lot more. This would be reallygood because on the internet you can find a lot of information that can be used in theacademic environment. There would be benefits to teachers too since they can interacta lot more with information and with the students through the internet. In the future, classrooms will be really nice. Tables you get today will be screenswith touch capacity for a more interactive way of learning. The board we use todaywill be replaced by a touchscreen, as well, which will help the teacher explain thesubjects even better. Since I’ve mentioned the subjects, I think there will be more ofthem because the world today requires a gigantic amount of knowledge from thestudents. People will study things related to technology, for example, to help themdeal with all the gadgets we will probably have in the future. Furthermore,information speed will result in even more years of required education for students. Ithink we will never stop studying. Studying will be part of our work. We will becomelife-long learners. Teachers will need to be updated with reality since they work with students that arealready updated and they will need to be capable of dealing with all the technologyimplemented in the classroom. Since we have more and more technology over thetime, homework will be assigned with a lot of technological procedures and will bebased on a large number of pieces of information, since we can easily find it. Therefore, schools will be updated and more efficient than they are today. Now,we just need to wait until people decide to put school to work side by side withtechnology. There is no doubt this will be a perfect combination. Felipe Pavoni
We are currently experiencing growth in information and communicationtechnology, as it is entering our homes. New electronic devices are constantlypresented to the public, but as an economic issue; these new devices havechanged our way of life, just as the spread of the Internet as a source ofworldwide search. So everything has become more dynamic, faster and easier.Thats why I believe there will be many major changes in education in the nexttwenty years. First, we may notice that the creation of tablets and lighter notebookscontribute for the mobility of people. They are able to go anywhere with thesedevices. Over the next twenty years, the Internet will be present even in the mostisolated places in the world. Joining these two factors, it is clear that today the useof computers in schools and the Internet connection is scarce, but in the future, itwill be widespread. Wi-fi will be available to all without distinction, including inschools. Another point to be considered is the possibility of extinction of thetextbooks. With all the facilities that the new gadgets have, we can say that infuture all students in public and private schools will possess their own tablet, or anewer technology. The point is that yes, the books will be replaced. If today thebig problem would be the cost, in the future with the popularity of these devices,it’s going to be easier to buy a tablet instead of twelve books from differentsubjects. In addition, the use of paper will be drastically reduced; after all,ecological awareness will also improve in the near future. However, how will the teachers educate these children surrounded bytechnology? Certainly, the current class model has to be changed. Teachers willnot just teach a subject, they will have to adapt their way of teaching with theinfluence of technology. Realizing that the students have access to all thetheoretical information they need on the Internet, the role of teachers will be toteach how to filter this information and promote digital literacy. In addition, lessonshave to be more dynamic, involving greater interaction between students andteachers and not simply lectures. Therefore, the learning process of students of the future will be completelydifferent than it is today. I also hope that the technology is embedded in schools inorder to optimize learning. For this, there should be greater cooperation betweenschool, family and government. Júlia de Noronha 5B
-Changes in Education In a near future, education will be very different from what it is today.For many years the educational system has had the same old-fashionedstructure where students just sit quietly taking in information. But majorchanges will happen in the next few years. Although some believe that the educational system shouldn’t change,the advances in technology will inevitably be more and more present in theclassrooms. Interactive boards are already present in many schools and newgadgets that will improve the process of teaching are coming up every day. Another aspect is that the use of internet will be allowed in theclassroom as a tool to facilitate research and improve the access toinformation. One example of the increase in the usage of internet in class is inSouth Korea. The country has announced that they plan to replace textbooksand all paper in schools with tablets by 2015, which will result in a moreinteractive way of learning. Textbooks will become less and less needed as they are replaced bythe use of computers and tablets. This is an advantage because it will reducethe amount of paper, and also gather all the in information in one place for aneasier access. I think that with this changes the process of learning will become lesslaborious and more interactive, and students will feel more motivated andinspired to do better at school. -Bruno Milhomem