Future Trends – Teaching & Learning

This Mindshift article sets out three key trends that are gaining in strength in education, certainly in the US and other developed countries.

The third of the trends, ‘blended’ or ‘flipped’ model teaching is something I’ve already written about a few times recently. Quite rightly, I believe, one of the outcomes the article highlights at the end to result from these trends is that differentiated learning will become the norm, not just something attempted by the most masterful, progressive teachers. This is potentially very liberating and exciting.

Mindshift Article – Trends in Teaching & Learning

What is very clear with all three trends – technology in education is going to be all pervasive. This raises some big issues;

  1. Are teachers ready to embrace the technology, beyond ‘showing powerpoint presentations and making worksheets’?
  2. Are teachers ready to plunge in to far more ambiguous relationships with students, where they cease to be the fount of all knowledge and instead step to the side-line to support the students’ own learning initiatives?
  3. Are students ready to see social networking as something more meaningful than a place to ‘hang out’ socially. Will they understand that the virtual world can be both workplace and fun place?
  4. Are we all ready for the less-structured, time driven ‘factory’ model of the school day and the stipulations about who is doing what, when?

These are not easy questions. However, their answers will shape the agenda in our schools in the future. I would love to hear others’ thoughts.

(The article also contains lots of useful links to the websites referenced)

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3 Responses

  1. The step back from the ‘factory’ model of learning will be too drastic for most to contemplate. It requires jettisoning the comfort that, at the end of class x, my child along with all her peers, will have mastered all of the following concepts in maths, memorised this particular set of facts and dates in history, etc.
    Secondary education, for the last couple of centuries, has meant the illusion of squeezing all kids into a uniform mold. Letting go of this illusion is going to be nothing short of gut-wrenching for parents, and incredibly demanding for teachers.
    It would also be amazingly empowering for children. I would love it!

  2. Sir,

    As a parent I do feel the need to introduce my children to the right technology at the right time however there is always this doubt or dilemma about internet/social networks/emails/blackberries becoming addictive, time wasting and most importantly distracting. Something which is mentioned the other article which you’ve posted on your blog today, “New Year Resolutions”. To equip children to concentrate on the “learning” aspect when on the net is important.
    When we were young the sheer boredom of the methods of teaching took away the fun, for the future generation it shouldn’t be that the extreme excitement of the methods of teaching take away the real meaning of learning.
    Like in all aspects of life I think the key is having a healthy “balance”.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy year ahead and looking forward to many such interesting blogs in the coming year.

    Regards

  3. Thanks Mark for a very educative link. I think some of these trends would become an integral part of the education system in times to come, whether we like it or not. This is the ecosystem that is developing at large for life and education would be one of the touch points. This will affect all of us: Learners, facilitators and parents, These open source learning systems/opportunities come with tremendous responsibility on the learner . I believe one area where we as parents and teachers can start working on right away is to build a capabilityto learn — help them learn How to Learn. This will allow them to explore these endless open sky of opportunities, responsibly, with the end goal of learning in mind and keep that balance, as rightly pointed out by Sonali,

    It will be indeed interesting to watch how the facilitators /teachers respond to it and accept it . It will require an open, contemporary and inclusive mindset .

    As parents, we should provide responsible exposure to some of the new technologies and interfaces, using specific learning goals as examples. This will aid build up some of the responsibility we wish.

    But, they themselves have to try , fail ,succeed and LEARN !

    Best, Mukta

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