In days past, teachers used a chalkboard, chalk, and textbooks as their resources for teaching. Students were confined to quiet classes with nothing more than paper and pen to write with! None of them could ask anyone to “write my research paper” without a harsh rebuke.
No, it wasn’t quite as boring or rigid as it all seems, but technology has made classrooms more educational, and more fun than it has been in the past. Here are just some of the ways that technology can continue to affect students in the years to come.
The Cloud Will Be Used in Every Classroom
This is something that hasn’t quite happened yet, but it is inevitable, and some post-secondary institutions are already taking advantage of it. Essays will no longer be submitted by hand, neither will tests or exams. The Cloud is leading people to a place where everything will be virtual and accessible.
This means that assignments, notes, reading materials, textbooks, and libraries of novels will all be accessible electronically. Some students might even be able to say to someone online “write my term paper” and then pay someone to do it! Paper will be something not seen in the class but read about as something that teachers used some time ago.
A Computer at Every Desk and a Tablet in Every Hand
How will those students access the future Cloud? As technology becomes more accessible and cheaper, it also comes closer to being within reach of public education systems. With many simple laptops now available for as little as $150 and tablets available at about half that, replacing textbooks and other materials with technology is no longer expensive.
With this, students won’t just use technology to submit their assignments, they’ll also be using it to write them, take tests, and submit portfolios.
E-Learning Will Be Everywhere!
Technology brings everything online into classrooms, but it will also bring the classroom to every kitchen, living room, and bedroom across the world one day. It is likely that the physical classroom will continue in some way, but e-classrooms are likely to rival traditional ones in number.
This will also make it easier for students to dream: “i need someone to write my research paper” and then have it done online, even while in class. Indeed, getting help for doing research paper and finding the resources to write it will be made simple.
Get Used to Touchscreens
Traditionally seen at ATMs, the touchscreen is beginning to see wider usage, and that usage will only expand. Tablets and smartphones already use this technology, yes, but in the future education, technology will likely switch over to touchscreens exclusively.
So yes, those science-fiction T.V. series were right. Pretty soon the touchscreen will be everywhere!
Guest Speakers Won’t Stop In, Anymore
No, this isn’t because technology will somehow eliminate the need for guest speakers altogether, but it will mean that they won’t be physically walking into classrooms in the future.
The truth is that guest speakers never actually had to stop in to talk to students, but do their own lectures, and perhaps hand out some reading material. With future education technology, guest speakers can appear on a screen in the classroom to lecture and submit any reading materials through the Cloud.
In the end, the only thing that people might miss is a guest that won’t be physically there to sign autographs!
Be Ready for the Virtual Class Assistant
Just as many homes now have virtual assistants to tell their owners the temperature or even adjust it inside the house, future education technology will have a virtual assistant as its mouthpiece.
It does, after all, only make sense that a virtual assistant should be available to students who might have trouble locating something on the internet, completing an assignment, or even spelling a word. Students may even be able to ask it to “do my paper for me!”.
In many ways, a future classroom virtual assistant will alleviate the workload of teachers, who are largely overworked, as is. Virtual assistants for students will make both teacher’s and student’s lives easier and more productive.