Technology is taking on everything: workplace, human interactions, mobility, traveling, how we do business and most important of all: education.
Today is the time of education technology which is set to boom to $252 billion by 2020.
Learning has become a truly immersive experience nowadays, both inside and outside the classroom. With the steady adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR), it’s no wonder that hands-on learning has risen to a whole new level. But what are the main changes that we are going to face?
Kids who code
The coding trend has already started with open-source education options. Children are starting to code as part of the school curriculum and technology has become an integral part of the classroom—even more prevalent than the traditional chalk and blackboards.
Programming prepares the kid to have a better comprehension of the technology in a more useful and effective way because when that child grows up, the kind of job that he or she chooses will probably be related to technology or will need coding tools to work more effectively.
For more than 30 years the application of AI on education has been the subject of academic research. AI provides techniques that help expand knowledge and provides the tools for developing a more accurate and detailed picture of how the human mind works.
With AI’s digital and dynamic nature, students can now be engaged in ways that expand beyond the reach of outdated textbooks or stitting classrooms. A recent report by Pearson supports this fact, outlining the ways in which AI will positively transform education in the coming years.
That means that if in history class a teacher wants to talk about the Independence War, students can explore an animated battle or, through virtual reality glasses, they can travel to when dinosaurs existed and walk among the creatures to learn about that topic in depth.
AI and VR tools will also soon be as accessible in classrooms as smartphones and desktop computers.
Online Platform VS Classroom
With the rise of large online educational platforms such as Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy and others, we see more and more people involved in learning from the best universities in the world.
Now, anyone can enroll in a university thousands of kilometers away with just one click.
Colleges are starting to provide real degrees for finishing online courses and, by 2019, 50% of all higher education will be delivered online, according to the 2017 Citigroup report.
In a 2017 2U Eduventures survey, 9 out of 10 deans expected the number of online programs to increase in the next decade.
A digestible information
Smart content uses AI to help disseminate and break down textbook content into a digestible “smart” study guide that includes chapter summaries, true-false, multiple choice practice tests, and ashcards.
Teachers: the best allies
Technology always brings up a lot of concerns around the relevancy of traditional roles and practices. But let’s be honest, when it comes to education, there’s no substitute for human interaction, and in this case, the role of the teacher becomes more important than ever.
With the adoption of AI and advancements in technology, we move away from simply “learning” a subject or topic and we move into “feeling” and experiencing the content being taught.
Automation helps to simplify basic tasks, leaving teachers and educators free to hone in on the important stuffs.
It will provide meaningful relationship between student and teacher through personalised education strategies.
Teachers will be able to focus on helping their students develop the much needed 21st century non-cognitive skills.
E-Learning: a new way of teaching
Real-time communication is revolutionising E-Learning by powering true to life, engaging experiences, while automation is freeing up educators to take advantage of technological advancements like AI and VR.
By utilising live video communication technology, educators can reach a classroom at scale as well as providing online tutoring – delivering the face-to-face and personalised experience that students respond so well to.
And with companies like Microsoft, Double Robotics, Cambly and Google providing universal online learning and real-time communication, it’s no wonder other innovators are jumping at the chance to join the revolution.