The role of technology in education cannot be understated. Different technologies have proved to be effective in improving how we learn and are likely to shape the future of education. The top three include augmented reality, cloud computing, and 3D printing. By extrapolating on the impact that these technologies have already, we can get an idea of how the future classroom will be.
Top technologies that will impact future classrooms
Augmented reality is likely to be a major part of our education in the future. The technology superimposes an image generated by a computer on the real world view of the user, resulting in a composite view. Google Glass, for example, uses this technology. Currently, you still have to rely on smartphone apps to access AR technology for purposes of education, but that will obviously change soon. Sky Map is an example of an AR app, which allows you to scout constellations in the night sky. Extrapolating from it, students will be able to explore the world in an immersive way without having to leave the classroom.
Cloud computing is actually already popular in the current times and is being integrated with the education system. With the use of electronic devices in classrooms, students and teachers will majorly interact through the cloud. For example, assignments and notes can be posted on the clouds where the students will access them and respond via the same. The infamous excuse of ‘The dog ate my homework’ will no longer cut it with the teachers. Students will not have to walk around with heavy books all day, or even head to the library for resources. The convenience also allows students to work from home or wherever they prefer, and at any time of the day. In simple words, classrooms may end up being virtual only.
3D printing will be very beneficial to students, as they can print out 3D models that they can use for learning. Engineering classes are likely to be the greatest beneficiaries of this, as it allows for the creation of prototypes. The prototypes, or mini-models, will work great in testing out design principles, giving the students an opportunity to perfect the designs before investing in the actual prototype. Any subject that requires some visualization will also make use of 3D printers. Teachers can teach complex theoretical concepts by reconstructing models of the concepts.