Of all the changing and developing industries of the modern world, education remains to be one of the most challenging and demanding ones as it directly interferes with human lives at a very fundamental level. All the jobs require some sort of a formal education while the society itself values and promotes higher learning and therefore education is an integral part of modern living. Technology, another highly valued and promoted element of modernity, has infiltrated into the education sector from a very centralized point of view and the marriage between modern day education and technology promises nothing short of efficiency and success for students, educators and the markets alike. As the collaboration strengthens between these camps, it becomes obvious that the society as a whole will also benefit from it, which means that it will be increasingly important in the future to consider technology as an integral part of education and vice a versa. Whether it be science departments using state-of-the-art laser systems, computer departments providing lightning fast internet connections through top notch servers or students being able to afford high quality bullet journal notebooks, the given relationship will surely help both students and their institutions achieve more in terms of discovering, understanding and applying information.
Alejnadro Paniagua for The Brookings Institute reports on Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s new project “Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning (IPPL)” which intends on bringing innovation to urban schools of the world which are at large stuck up with everyday realities to pay attention to the issue. The system considers teachers to be important individuals with innovative educational ideas and not simple technicians and therefore the current education paradigm limits their capabilities. In order to overcome this issue, the system seeks to create a common international framework of pedagogies to include “hundreds or even thousands of innovative cases and experiences coming from diverse sources” in the name of equipping such teachers with the right type of educational information and experience. IPPL also intends to bring new and promising educational practices and approaches to integrate them into the grander learning theory by paying attention to their inclinations such as “play, emotions, creativity, collaboration, and inquiry” as the system’s “innovative clusters consciously promote the engagement of learners and match the fundamentals of learning to better understand how people learn best.” The theoretical innovation will be applied to the educational systems in the OECD countries to initiate collaboration between them to attain more reliable and constructive results. Once a grand information network is established, the new generations of educators will have access to crucial information and data to be able to directly target key issues emergent in their systems but more importantly to communicate with others to come up with plausible remedies.
Mike Slagadze for Forbes Magazine considers the move towards a more integrated and efficient future in global education through a philosophical prism to outline three major innovations in approaching education. The first innovation is how learning in the new age will “mirror how we learn outside of the classroom” meaning that high-tech devices and software will be utilized to replace the traditional modes of learning. Since we are already using such gadgets and programs to learn outside the classroom, it will be match in heaven for schools to integrate them into their actual curriculums to help the struggling students continue their learning curves into the classrooms by using the same methods and approaches. Slagadze also underlines the fact that the new age of learning will be more interactive to bring dynamism into the classroom experience to create group work and peer collaboration. This way, students will be encouraged to interact with one another to learn from each others’ rights and wrongs to eradicate their fears related to the process of learning and its possible glitches and outcomes. Finally, Slagadze notes how learning will take a lifetime by becoming a lifelong effort as the job markets are constantly evolving which demands the future employees to constantly renovate themselves and develop new skills and capabilities to adapt to the changing working environments. Apart from employment, the general social paradigm will shift towards a more liberal and accepting outlook within which critical thinking and communication skills will play an integral role in establishing social relations. This scenario will also demand that individuals will be prone to learning and embracing new ideas while communicating them with one another to be able to succeed in the actual life itself.
John M. Eger for The Huffington Post reports on technological progress as a great participant to the modern day educational system to emphasize the role of investment by big firms and corporations in this pursuit. Eger begins his argument by stating that with more and more sophisticated artificial intelligence and robotics popping up daily, the labor market has significantly changed and that in the next 20 years 43% of the existing human jobs today will perish. The author then claims that regardless of this trend, individuals and their education will still matter while the colleges and universities need to focus on more precise, accurate and productive means and methods of teaching to save time, money and effort. Eger then states that Oracle has already invested $43 million to start the Design Tech High School to help ambitious and talented students produce prototypes while Google also has donated $50 million to organizations which focus on developing technical expertise in students with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook also having donated $100 million already. As businesses become more technically specific and demanding, there will be further investments of this sort not only for publicity related reasons but also for practicality reasons, investing into schools and institutions that will educate potential employees for their companies to carry out sophisticated processes. As this system become more popular and begins to have more direct impacts on students’ careers and their placement in the workforce, the education of the future will benefit significantly from technological investments and related business development for sure.