What will education look like in 15 years and how will technology have played a role in the shaping of it? I wish I had a crystal ball, but since I don’t I’ve turned to my sons Magic 8 Ball for answers (mind you unlike technology the Magic 8 Ball has not changed since I was a small boy). So without further ado…will technology play a major role in the reshaping of education? Shake…waiting for inky purple bubbles to clear…answer revealed…”Without A Doubt”! Unfortunately that is the extent of the Magic 8 Balls powers. It does not reveal how technology will change the face of education in 15 more years so I’ll have to take a swing.
Throughout the entire CoeTaIL program one common theme continue to resurface for me. It is the idea of networking. The future of education will depend upon social networking. Kids are already learning about things without our help. Our role will continue to grow as a facilitator. Upon completing our latest readings, watching vodcast and then setting out on my own in search of where the future of education lies I found that this idea of networking continued to resonate throughout. MOOCs or learning philosophies such as rhizomatic learning all require individuals to seek out and create networks.
Massive Open Online Course or MOOC’s have grown exponentially since it’s first course in 2008. The idea that education can not only be free, but also caters to the individuals interests and connects them with others who in turn share similar interests. It all revolves around creating a learning network through collaboration, participation, sharing and differs from a traditional educational format in the sense that the participant can determine where the learning takes place, what they learn and whom they learn with.
Education is already changing because of technology and will continue to do so at a staggering pace. However the disparity between “good” schools and “bad” schools will continue to grow. And by “good” schools I mean schools that can continue to grow and move forward with technology. Schools that have the leadership, vision and of course financial means to do so. Schools that cannot keep pace will suffer as will the level of education that it can offer to better prepare our students for a future immersed in technology. Teaching overseas in this sense most certainly has its advantages. Many international schools are on cutting edge with technology or have the desire and means to do so. As long as this is the case I expect to continue teaching in and growing alongside with them. These are the schools that I will seek out one it comes time to actively recruit. I’ll continue to lean on my established social networks in order to stay active and to stay current. Refining them as times and needs change. Doing what I can to see that as long as technology is relevant, which in 5, 10, even 15 years it will most certainly be, that my students are aware of its significance and necessity in the real world.