It’s no secret that technology and innovation have drastically revolutionized the education model that we know today. Both K-12 and higher education have been disrupted with new interactive boards in the classroom and computers and tablets in the hands of most students and teachers. The learning experience for students now would be unrecognizable to students decades ago. Moving from pen and paper, many students and teachers read textbooks on their computers, tablets, or mobile devices. Similarly, teachers are able to monitor students’ progress in various subjects through the technology. There is no question education has already been affected, but the question is “What’s next?” An article was written called “5 Ways Technology is Disrupting Education.” Technology has already become interactive and personalized to the students wants and needs. If a student is struggling with a particular subject, the teacher can identify the area and work with the student to ensure that they succeed and better understand the material. Additionally, the new impact of this disruption encourages more collaboration among students and teachers.
An interesting point that was also addressed in the article was how students are more social and so is their learning. YouTube and other platforms are where most people gain most of their news or are able to find videos to learn a variety of things. Ted-Ed and Khan Academy are some of the many resources that are available to students to gain a better understanding of topics that they are learning in class or for recreational purposes. Because access to technology is so easy, students can learn where ever they want, when ever they want. An absence does not cause the student to be behind because they will still be connected to the lesson and associated homework.
With technology like this at the tip of their fingers, the learning is continuous and easy to access. IBM’s new effort, Watson, allows students to ask questions and receive information tailored to their needs. This is a new way for students to be connected with what they need.
Moving forward, the question is not only what is next in education, but how will we adapt and capitalize on this new way of learning?