Like all things, education must change with the times, and any visit to a school or college will show you just how fast education is evolving in the 21st century.
Smart boards adorn the walls, children use tablet computers to research and submit their work, and the range of subjects taught is broadening to reflect a changing world. In this article, we will take a look at how the nature of education is changing to reflect the modern world.
How tech is changing education
When it comes to the shifting face of modern education, one thing is clear: technology has been one of the main drivers of change.
Many classrooms in the West are now fitted out with technological advancements to help the teacher to deliver lessons and save time. The proliferation of tablet computers means that students can become more self-reliant and fill in knowledge gaps quickly without sapping teacher time, while computer projectors allow students to consume educational materials such as notes, videos, infographics, and other explanatory content together and to examine it in real time.
It’s not only the efficiency of learning that’s skyrocketing as a result of classroom technologies– there’s strong evidence to show that it improves memory and recall as well.
One study even found that almost 100% of children aged around five or six were able to retain information better after making a PowerPoint presentation on it, suggesting that the mixture of practical and information-based learning that technology offers is really benefiting students.
The rise in new subjects
As well as working as a classroom aid, increased technology is increasingly becoming something to be studied in itself.
First of all, the rise of tech means that more young brains now need to be trained to develop the innovations of the future. Information technology, coding, and more are all on the rise as institutions realize the importance of planning for the business of the future.
However, more traditional subjects are also changing to account for the rise in tech. Students of geography, for example, learn about how technology can be used to mitigate the consequences of natural disasters such as floods.
Schools are changing
Many of the world’s best schools are now changing with the times and developing curriculums based around the changing world.
Stamford American International School in Hong Kong is just one example: its unique problem-based program STEMinn (which covers science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation) is a prime example of schools looking ahead to ensure that their students know what they need for modern life.
With governments and private sectors in countries across the globe casting an eye to the future and looking towards an economy based increasingly around technology, it’s clear that this is the right move.
Overall, it’s clear that societies around the world have made the decision to invest in their future – and the nature of the classroom is changing to keep up with the times. From projectors to PowerPoint and technology to tablets, the world of education is evolving for the better.