8 Insights into the Classroom of the Future

Classroom of the Future

This post was inspired by Andrew McAfee’s TED Talk on the digital revolution and the race with machines.  If you haven’t watched it, its worth the fourteen minutes of your life to check it out.  Andrew looks at where AI and robotics will take over for humans and what life may look look.  This got me thinking about what my role in education will look like.  What about a student’s daily life?  I spent quite a bit of time researching what education and the classroom of the future might look like.  Here are eight insights based on that research.

  1. Personalized: The trend toward a personalized education will continue, but with a catch.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) will take care of personalization aspect so that the teacher can focus their energy on teaching.  Algorithms will determine the content that the student needs to learn and the teacher will be one resource for teaching that material (among many others).
  2. Problem Based: In the coming school years, teachers will push students to learn by solving real world problems both locally and globally.  While this does occur in schools right now, it will take center stage in the classrooms of the future.
  3. Innovative: As problem based learning becomes the bulk of student learning, teachers will encourage students to innovate in the classroom.  To borrow a line from the post below, we will be creating a generation of innovators and problem solvers.
  4. Environment > Tech: Technology will obviously play a major factor in student learning, but Pearson believes that the school’s layout and classroom design will be a much larger factor.
  5. Disruptive: Disruptive innovation is already beginning to shape the education revolution.  In the near future, the Artefact group predicts that communities of disruptive teachers will push the envelope.  By sharing their experiences and collaborating with colleagues, they will have a profound effect on what the classroom of the future looks like.
  6. Global Curriculum: Almost every post, article or research paper I reviewed discussed how curriculum would take a more global approach.  The Internet and ever increasing access to technology has made the world a much smaller place.  Students of the future will need to learn how to be global citizens. 
  7. New Technology: Drones, augmented and virtual reality, and other yet to be invented forms of technology will provide new avenues for learning.  The focus will be on creating the most realistic experience for the student in an way that is available anytime and anywhere.
  8. Student Controlled
    The first bullet talked about how AI will handle personalizing the student’s learning.  This isn’t to say that students will not have input into what they learn.  Its exactly the opposite according to this TED Talk from Duolingo CTO Severin Hacker called “Education will be democratized.”

I’d love to hear from educators or school leaders on these ideas.  What do you think?  Is this an accurate depiction of the future of learning?  Use the comments section below to get a dialogue started.