It has often been said that today’s students are being prepared for jobs that don’t yet exist. A report by Dell has estimated that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Therefore, the way in which our children are educated needs to be adapted. This change is already well under way, if we think back to how our parents were educated it was very much a case of a teacher will hand out text books and the students will work their way through the book quietly, whereas today teaching has become a lot more hands on. The methods used to grade exams and a much broader range of courses and subjects are just two examples of how education systems are changing with the aid of technology.
Many developers have already created products designed to enhance education. Technology such as tablets, apps, and improvements in software and hardware aren’t only changing the game for students but for staff as well. All teachers want to provide the best learning environment possible and new technology is bound to create a shift in the traditional education methods that we were once used to. We believe that technology isn’t something to be feared or viewed as a distraction for students, technology needs to be embraced and we need to accept that it is a vital part of our future and be open to the benefits it can bring us.
It’s clear to see that technology is here to stay and will become an even bigger part of our lives in the future. That’s not to say technology will take over from traditional teaching, but when embraced correctly technology can complement current methods and provide an improvement in the educational experience. If you want to take the first steps into provider a happier, more effective education be sure to keep an open mind & embrace the power that technology could have on your institution.