What I Learned from Students

Since early times in history of humanity, education shaped our future. Nowadays, the fast pace, imposed by the digital era, impacts the way we learn like it impacts or day to day life and work. Education is being transformed by technology. I see new teaching models and new ways of thinking, more adapted to our constantly changing society.

information age

In order to better serve students, education is challenged to keep up with these changes. This is all fueled by our constant search for knowledge, the multitude of communication channels and the enormous amount of information that surrounds us. Analyzing and intepreting the views of teachers, students, parents, coaches and education management professionals I have a clearer idea of how people envision the future of education. This is my idea of how the classroom of the future will evolve and improve the students learning experience.

personalized

Students and professionals in education predict that education will be customized. Customized as being tailored to the individual learning style, allowing students to grow in more ways than just intellectual. Personalized learning will also feed those talents, qualities and strengths that allow students to grow as a person so they be more prepared for the world we live in. Adapted content, based on students strengths and areas of interest is key for a successful learning experience. All of this is possible with data. Technology and personalization go hand in hand. Data-driven cognitive systems will enable personalized education and improve outcomes for all. For instands the app Watson Element for Educators is an example of how student data, academic performance, areas of interest, activities and behavior is empowering teachers with data-driven insights to better address individual needs.

learned from students

interactive

The classroom of the future will be a highly interactive, smart and fun environment. It will be a place where you can try & learn not only read and remember. It’s again the tech space that opens the door to infinite possibilities. Learning environments where students have the opportunity to reinforce information, while actually enjoying the learning experience.

any location

The lines between physical and virtual will be blurred. The learning environment of the future will be characterised as one where students go where they need, to experiment, to make, and to learn deeply. Technology will follow students and be there to assist them on their journey. It will also assist educators to be the best guides and mentors for each individual student.

Technology is again expected to play an important role in enhancing physical spaces used for education purposes. Augumented reality looks like the way forward. Technology can also create an immersive virtual reality where students will have the amazing opportunity to apply what they learned ‘in the real world’. More and more examples of this will show up rapidly.

concerns

The great thing about technology is that it will allow information to be filtered according to need and ability. Than recommendations will be made for a more engaging learning experience than ever before. Of course, the right balance between human input and technology is a modern concern, as well as discovering the right blend of channels and learning methods. However, the role of technology is not completely utopian. Society and educators still need to address concerns around students’ use of technology and how it potentially interferes with their social skills, as well as the need for the adequate data privacy policies. This will take time and lead towards a new paradigm of knowledge, learning and education.

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Higher education is a very nice place to work because their is so much going on. Are we in a need for change? Yes! The sense of urgency to innovate isn’t felt by everyone. Yet anyone who thinks that a decade from now higher education will look much as it does today is sadly mistaken. (meer…)

What We Can Learn from Rudolf Steiner

Not so well known as the Montessori education philosophy, Waldorf is an alternative education system which focuses on the holistic development of children. As stated in their mission Waldorf schools integrate artistic, practical and intellectual content in their curriculum and focus on social skills and spiritual values. Waldorf education first began in 1919 in Germany inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy. (meer…)

Against The Stream

When I was young there was not so much guidance at school. Luckely my mother had some sort of an idea to keep me happy. I felt misunderstood, many times. Not that I was a bad kid or anything but I needed to be on the water to understand life. I needed to question education to understand learning. Inspired by Dennis Stehr (Mr. Probz) I wrote this post. (meer…)

Reality Pedagogy

Teaching is about more than just having a bunch of information to disseminate to the empty vessels- students- in front of you.
The concept behind reality pedagogy is that before teachers can teach anything, they must understand the realities of their students. (meer…)

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Entrepreneurship is often associated with people who assume the risk of starting a business venture for financial gain. However, entrepreneurs exist in many forms: they may be writers, carpenters, computer programmers, school principals or fundraisers, to name just a few examples. It’s more about the mindset and the behavior than earning money. (meer…)

Changing Employment Patterns

At what point do educators have a responsibility to face the radically changing employment patterns facing our students? And how can we re-think university to complement, not compete with, their informal learning? To my opinion, the discourse surrounding formal learning is becoming further detached from the lessons I see when learning happens outside formal boundaries. The grades that students recieve for their university projects matter little compared to the comments found on their blogs, or the feedback they recieve during interships.  (meer…)