10 Technologies You'll See In The Classroom of the Future

What will future classrooms look like? There are many technologies such as Augmented Reality, 3D printing, and cloud computing that will soon find their way into our classrooms. It is expected that technologies will help to simplify the learning process for the children of the future. However, nobody is sure how these technologies will shape the classrooms of the future. We can only hope for the best. Despite that, it has been shown many times that unforeseen uses always arise when people begin to interact with technology. With technology being introduced into classrooms, one thing we have to watch out for is security; security systems are more effective when you have total control. It is thus important for educators of the future to maintain as much control over these technologies as possible.

1. Augmented Reality (AR)

The world is still holding its breath for augmented reality to take over the world. AR is expected to wow users as time goes by with its ability to provide information in amazing ways. However, AR technology is still quite limited in most classrooms.

However, a few apps will allow you to scan the night sky to identify constellations. Despite such wonderful capabilities, these apps have yet to be integrated into the classroom environments. It will take time for AR technology to become blended into the classroom.

As AR advances, students will be able to explore information without having to hold up cumbersome devices. One way in which it will be used is for virtual field trips. Students will be able to visit remote locations around the world without having to leave the comfort of their class. It could also be quite useful for history classes. Students will receive supplementary information in the form of images even as they learn about great historical figures.

2. 3D Printing

Today, most ten-year olds have a LEGO set that they use to expand their creativity. In future, 3D printers, stored in classrooms, will replace this. Instead of being restricted to playing with just a few sets, students will be able to create their own toys and print these items right there in the classroom.
This technology will especially be useful for engineering students. They will be able to create useful models for testing out their theories. As a result, they will be able to test out their theories without having to spend an arm and a leg. It will also mean that teachers do not have to request for special funding every time they want to test out something with their students.

3. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the biggest buzzwords in the technology world today. It is most likely that it will continue to have a major impact on many aspects of our lives, including classrooms. For instance, the city of Zhuji in China has already installed over 6,000 cloud computing terminal devices in more than 118 schools.

In the future, a teacher will just need one device to access all the homework that he or she gives to the students. That will mean fewer books for the students and the teachers as well. Such technology will make it easy for students to work on their projects wherever they are.

4. Online Social Networks

Today, there are already social networks created to cater to students in universities. These social networks give students a chance to socialize. These platforms, which will be powered by the cloud, will allow students and teachers to share ideas freely. It will provide students with new perceptions, which will make them understand that education is a personal responsibility.

5. The Use of Flexible Screens

Note taking is still quite common although there may have been a shift from paper to digital devices. One solution to this problem may be the use of flexible screens. They will be quite light and can be folded up after lectures. Unlike paper, these devices will provide a platform for interaction.

6. Biometric Eye Trackers

Biometrics has traditionally been a preserve of the security industry. This technology could soon be applied in schools for more than preventing truancy and borrowing books. One way it could be used is for eye tracking. It will help teachers understand how students are receiving their content. In fact, the technology is already quite common in the advertising industry. It is often used to understand how customers are responding to ads. The content can then be adjusted in such a manner that it best suits students.

7. LCD Touch Boards

In the recent past, we have transitioned from blackboards to whiteboards and projectors. The next revolution is expected to be a touchscreen in the classroom. This will be giant LCD screens that allow more interactivity for the teacher. Teachers will be able to display huge amounts of data to students in an organized way and without using up too much time.

8. Game Based Lessons

The kids of today are plagued by short attention spans. Their lives revolve around Facebook, YouTube, and smart devices. These provide them with entertainment and answers to any queries that they have. To cater to such student, schools will have to abandon traditional teaching methods and adopt methods aligned with the times. The applications of gaming to learn are endless. Lessons will be incorporated into games to catch the attention of students.

9. Virtual Classes or MOOCs

Today, many lessons are lost due to things such as snow days. However, that will not be an issue with future technology. Students will be able to access classes virtually from the comfort of home. Today, there is already video streaming technology that is quite effective. However, this technology is yet to be adopted in all classes. In future, learning will take place, no matter how limited the physical conditions may be. In some places, students will graduate a grade without ever having to meet their teacher in person. It will save a lot of money used for fuel for school buses and the money used to build physical classrooms.

10. Automated Security

In the age of mass-shootings and teenage drug use, the need for adequate security measures in school is ever-present. In addition to security cameras and glass-break sensors and alarms, modern systems are typically built with highly technical automation. What once required a dedicated security team and a space set aside as their command and dispatch center now comfortably fits in the palm of your hand. Mobile apps like Pulse plug into security systems and allow centralized monitoring. Security systems are better when you have total control.

In the future, experimentation is what will determine which technology wins out. There may be many technologies out there, but only those that prove themselves will win out in the end. For this technology to work, educators will need to change their teaching strategy. It does not mean that schools will become irrelevant. However, it does mean that educators will need to change with the times if they hope to remain relevant. For instance, there will still be needed to create content in a structured way that helps students understand the vast amounts of information that is available to them today.

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