Big Ways Education Will Change in 2020
1.Students Will Interact With Others Remotely:Why do classrooms today look nearly identical to those 30 years ago–minus a few upgrades to the modern chalkboard, and sneaking texts in class instead of notes?
“With some exciting exceptions, public schools are one of the few institutions in modern life that have not seen radical changes spurred by technology,” says Joe Williams, executive director of Democrats for Education Reform. “I’m not talking about having computers in classrooms, but rather a lack of any seismic shift in the way things are done because technology is making the work easier or more efficient.”
2.The Success Of Tech Will Still Rely On Skilled Teachers:We might be sending kids to school in self-driving cars by 2020, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be taught by teacher-avatars and given tests via drone.
“Education needs will drive technology use, rather than the ‘coolness’ of technology trumping education,” predicts Shannon May, cofounder of Bridge International Academies. Instead of simply finding ways to put more tablets in kids’ hands, education technology will find new ways to supplement the best learning possible–regardless of the “coolness” of new tech.
3.We’ll Think Differently About The Diploma:The growing amount of the population living with crippling student debt combined with the pressure to keep tuition costs down threaten the sustainability of tuition-dependent institutions, says Schwartz.
“This will help to force an innovation drive with an unbundling of degree offerings,”
4.Students Will Have A Voice:Kirsten Saenz Tobey, cofounder of Revolution Foods, sat down in a school cafeteria to do a little research. When she asked the kids how they felt about their meal options, one turned to her and said, “Does this look like it was prepared by someone who respects me?”
Students are ultimately their customers, Tobey says; if they don’t feel respected or listened to, they’ll never buy in to the healthier options her company is dishing out. But it’s not all chocolate cake and gummy worms: They’re launching a mobile app to give kids nutrition info, see the day’s menu, and give feedback on what they’re served.
5.Educators And Institutions Will Be Forced To Adapt:As the above four factors change–a wider global reach, students who need to feel respected, and a workforce demanding skilled scholars–the roots of education will need to find ways to adapt.
To May, that means paying attention to our condensing, shifting world. By 2100, more than half the world’s population will live in India, China, or Africa. “Global policy leadership and sales of education goods and services will be shaped less by issues and needs in the U.S., and more by the issues and needs of Africa, South Asia, and China,”