“If we taught today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow”. John Dewey
It is clear that when we went to school, we were taught to adapt to the world that we lived in. Today the world has changed. If our education does not change, our children will not have the future they deserve.
65 percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that are yet to be created. That also means that many currently employed workers for the first time since the industrial revolution must be thinking about what they will do to make a living 10 to 20 years from now. Rapid technological change is changing the skill requirements for most jobs. Just as manufacturing saw a shift from 80 percent unskilled jobs just 30 years ago to 12 percent today, the next decade will see a shakeout of unskilled jobs in nearly every industry. It is up to us today to change the way education is delivered to our children.
Technology has already eradicated many jobs. For example, the elevator operator, pinsetter, copy boy, iceman, milkman, switchboard operator, typist, telegraph operator – all jobs that are almost extinct. The list is growing longer day by day.
Both educators and businesses have a daunting task ahead of them: teach students to solve problems we’ve never seen before and won’t see for years.
Digital Transformation is real, and it is here. It is time to integrate technology into education, before we rob our children of tomorrow. Transformation is now a survival issue, we have to evolve. Our education system has to evolve.
Educators from all grade-levels have to realize the benefits of technology in the classroom. Through the digital transformation and the rise of educational technology, teachers have to make drastic changes to their instruction, assessments, even the physical make-up of their classrooms, at a much faster rate than what is being done today.
Today the current e-learning trends are
1. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality: Gone are the days where students are expected to sit quietly at their desks. Educational technology is succeeding in making learning collaborative and interactive.
2. Classroom Set of Devices: Students do not need to go to the Computer Lab anymore because every lesson can now be incorporated into a computer/Education Reference Device.
3. Redesigned Learning Spaces: Classrooms are no longer rows of desk all pointing toward the front of the room. Educators are realizing that their classrooms must mimic the workforce, which has inspired them to create collaborative-friendly spaces to facilitate student learning.
4. Personalized Learning: We are able to personalize learning more now than ever. From school choice — public, private, charter, virtual — to the options available for how a student learns, education can be tailor-made to suit each individual.
5. Gamification: Playing and learning collide when classrooms utilize gaming as an instructional tool Gaming Technology, makes learning difficult subject matter more exciting and interactive. As the technology progresses, it is quickly being used to enhance educational games in every discipline.
New technology and new learning models are exciting and offer previously unthinkable possibilities to students. It is time to adopt these digital transformation trends and make learning relevant to the world we are living in today and prepare our children for the world they will be living and working in tomorrow so that they can prepare for the future generations to come.
We at Jp-ik, proudly the number one Education Design Manufacturing Company in the world feel obligated and strive to bring ict to the classroom. It is our duty to teach you about the art of pedagogy, and to equip you with appropriate technology to teach our children and give them the necessary tools to succeed and thrive in the 21st century.
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