Thinking ahead to the class of 2025 makes me smile! I wonder in anticipation what technology will be available and what changes I will see during my time. What will learning be like and what will happen to our physical spaces? Here is my attempt to bring it all together …
Things that will happen in 2025:
- Personal devices will replace pen and paper
Instead of textbooks and writing tools, a student will only need a device that has it all. We are currently in this world of change already and by 2025, pen and paper will be a thing of the past. Devices are getting smaller, cheaper and more easily accessible and the technology available makes personal devices a no brainer. Wireless networks will make it easier for us to be globally connected and everything will be stored securely in the cloud.
- Libraries and Books will be no more
I have already noticed the move away from this in the past few years. Everything once available in a library, is now accessible online – an entire library is literally able to be held in the palm of your hand. Copyright issues are quickly being sorted and companies like Google are working through logistics to ensure all paper material is available to be accessed online. Libraries will be replaced with quiet shared spaces to connect your device. Online books are even interactive which means you can read about Ancient China and feel like you are working on the Great Wall, all within your device.
- Handwriting will be irrelevant
Handwriting is already becoming an ‘art’ rather than a necessity and over the next 10 years, I believe, we will see handwriting making way for tactile and gesture driven actions. Another factor that excites me is the thought of a personalised keyboard. Who knows, the device (wearable or not) might be able to read our mind with 100% accuracy by then, eliminating the need to even type.
- An Individualised learning world
Assessment is instant, results are immediate and feedback is provided within seconds to allow for a targeted, unique learning environment for every child. Learning becomes 1:1 rather than class or group driven and technology allows us to tailor learning to the individual in a multitude of ways. Real time learning means that no opportunity is wasted and personalised learning actually happens.
- Wearable Devices are the norm
Wearable technology is already sneaking into our life with such innovations as interactive watches and glasses. It is the art of being able to learn anywhere at anytime and also includes any ‘how’. Wearable devices will give students and educators more opportunities to be connected learners. Even though, wearable technology is not yet practically usable in the classroom, I predict that in ten years it will be commonplace. How amazing will it be to have uniforms that change colour based on the learning environment you are in or a watch that buzzes you a reminder of an upcoming assignment? The other interesting addition to wearable technology is the advancement of Augmented Reality. Imagine having Augmented Reality (AR) giving people a guided tour of your school, or an AR trip back in time to Ancient China to support learning in class.
I find it exciting to think ahead to the class of 2025 and wonder what other ‘unknowns’ might be just around the corner.
Whether you agree with my predictions or not, I am sure you can agree that we live in a fast paced, quickly changing world and if we don’t keep up with changing times, we will be left behind!