Thanks to the rapid growth of tech and a pandemic; The education industry in the year 2020 is changing more and more by the minute. Teachers and school districts are investing heavily in online learning through the cloud. This is an ongoing trend and one that we should all be paying attention to.
1. Free-flow of accurate and quality information
For starters, the internet offers a wealth of digital resources that students can easily access anywhere on the globe. And while the concept of online learning is relatively new, studies have shown that it leads to better results when it comes to teaching and learning.
In fact, According to tommorow.org, 82% of all k-12 teachers now use digital content in the classroom. But not all digital content is reliable. The quality and accuracy of digital learning materials need to be consistent, and there needs to be a way to verify the accuracy of that material.
Teachers must be able to access a large variety of content to personalize their teaching methods; this is one feature that most online learning platforms have yet to provide. And when it comes to verifying the validity of any content, teachers are doing a lot of the work themselves, often resulting in an arduous and time-consuming process. Just like we standardized the curriculum, we need to standardize the way we deliver cloud-based learning.
2. On-demand learning
Not only can students now have access to a wealth of digital content, but they can also access it on demand and often as they need to. Through the flexibility of cloud-based learning, students are able to learn whenever and wherever they need to.
While this kind of flexibility is particularly useful for students who are unable to attend a traditional classroom setting, it also helps all students learn in the manner that suits them best.
3. Open-source learning
The most exciting part of this new wave of online learning is that it enables students to learn in a way that works best for them. Instead of struggling to fit a square peg into a round hole, students are free to learn in the manner that best suits them.
This open-source model has opened up a world of possibilities for students who may have struggled. The traditional ‘teacher-student’ model can be extremely frustrating for any student who is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, as teachers may not have the resources or the training needed to meet every student’s needs.
For example, if a student has a learning disability or issues that are affecting their educational experience, it can be difficult to attend, which leads us to our most favorite point.
4. A “Non-Cookie Cutter” Approach to Education
As we touched on in our previous blog post, education is unique to each individual. No two students will ever have the exact educational experience. And the future of education is a future where students can learn and progress in a manner that works best for them.
5. Data is king
When it comes to student success, a formula cannot be used. Every student is different, so there must be a way to track each student’s progress. Data is king, and it will be used as a means of identifying each student’ and guiding their learning experience.
6. A focus on lifelong learning
We’ve all heard about the importance of lifelong learning. If you want to be successful, you need to stay up-to-date with changes in your industry. The best way to do that is by maintaining a constant development of your skills.
The information age is changing at an unprecedented rate, and if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to develop your skills in the same way you would develop your muscles: through regular use. The education industry in the future is going to focus heavily on lifelong learning to ensure that students are not falling behind even after graduation.
7. “Teachers... Teachers... Teachers” (i.e., Human Teachers)
Obviously, the future of education will be very different from the education industry today. But how can we make sure that teachers are prepared for the education industry of the future?
It is important to remember that the teaching profession requires a lot of skill, dedication, and passion. The education industry in the year 2020 will look substantially different from the education industry of today. And yet, the education industry will still require the passion and dedication that comes with the teaching profession.
For example, virtual reality is being employed by schools to one day supply teachers with the ability to virtually immerse students into simulated scenarios in order to teach key concepts. This is a great example of a future concept that can be utilized to the best of its abilities by switching up to a teaching staff that is comprised of passionate and dedicated teachers of today.