As a decade comes to an end and a new one begins, it’s usual to look ahead to the future innovations and developments. Day by day we are progressing in every field. In the coming decade, a question sticks to my mind, will robots take over manual jobs? Will some medicine be discovered, that will finally cure cancer, whose incidence is increasing alarmingly? What will be the workplace of the future generation?
As an educationist of fifteen years of experience, I have seen technology transform the education sector. Digital education has risen. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available now. Through these students from each corner of the world are getting benefited. They are coping up and meeting one to one with trainers and other students around the world.
Over this last decade, technologies have replaced the traditional teaching methods. Thereby radically altering the learning experience for the student as well as the teaching experience of the teacher. In fact, these days the teacher is no longer called so. The term is the facilitator. The value of this term is explained later on in the blog.
Every child is unique in their way. To nourish their inner self and to bring out the best in them is the biggest challenge for a facilitator. Over the years this has become possible with the latest modulations.
Let me describe a few things which can give a better understanding of the recent advanced teaching practices.
In Holographic teaching, the image of the facilitator or of a teaching tool can appear at any classroom anywhere at any time. From musical instruments to medical professionals, holographic technology has made possible whereby live lectures a person can avail effective interactive sessions. Students can watch, listen to and interact with guests from Los Angeles, London or Lucknow, through their computers at home. This realistic experience enhances learning.
Over the last decade, a big change has been seen in our whole school system. Now the schools have moved toward personalised competency education. Each students’ progress is a challenge for the facilitator. The facilitator no longer moves through a book delivering lectures on chapters. Rather they now train students to take charge of their training to excel in the various areas. A facilitator is a role model for the student. So, schools are enriching them with pieces of training and seminars to enhance their standards. These will help create future leaders. Now facilitators are expected to learn, plan and collaborate with other faculties. So that they support their students to do the same with their peers.
Learning by doing.
Montessori method of teaching has been applied relentlessly in the past decade. Kids are learning or gaining knowledge through play way. Learning by doing is the most exciting technique. It also helps schools with new technologies that play a vital role for the student. They learn quickly and in a better way. Who knew that with years these advanced technologies make studying so much fun and exciting? For example, in Business School, Lego is used to help MBA students to recreate things by combining video games and digital programs.
On a broad look at the last 10 years, such developments show the pendulum has swung back and forth. Now teachers feel as if their jobs have gotten harder. They grapple with constantly changing education system. They have to be well conversant with computers. As. this mini-tool has made a way into their classrooms and their personal lives.
Over a decade ago, teaching as a profession has become very demanding. The facilitator needs to on their toes. She is required to be equipped with the latest knowledge to provide or facilitate students.
This progressive learning environment is now more demanding over the last decade. It has gone upwards creating dramatic changes in the field of education.
Over a decade, education has created a mark with unique nuances. Now students and facilitators work in tandem. They scrutinise assessment data to fine-tune content to curiosity, research and critical thinking.
Modern technology has enabled to process a vast amount of data in a short period. This has led to a rise in teaching and learning levels.
Hands-on learning allows students to learn in a better way and to relate the concepts learnt to real life. It will spark a passion for the future career of the student.
Over a decade, new technology has proved to be very capable as auxiliary support to classroom learning. It gives a glimpse of the ultra-modern education system of the future.