28.08.2014

Back to the Future this Academic Year

Back to the Future this Academic Year

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August will soon be over, and the kids will be going back to school. Summer camp has finished, and the summer activity books, too. But if this year technology is going to be everywhere, we can only imagine what schools will be like in the future.

Game-Based Learning

Does the concept of gamification ring any bells? Game-based learning aims to apply the same concepts to teaching and learning. Definitively, this process hopes to convert the experience of learning into a game, and a real game at that.

We already saw projects in schools which turn the whole year into a competition in order to motivate their students, as well as videogames with a strong educational component. There’s also apps dedicated to this end currently going hard at it (and that includes a few Spanish ones). Will we see these initiatives coming to schools during the coming years?

Infrastructure for a digital world

A good virtual campus, where students and teachers can see their marks, calendars and other scholarly matters would be an excellent way to use technology in order to improve everyone’s education. If we want this to happen, however, it’s important that it be accessible.

Offering WiFi access in schools would help this happen, and it would also bring the possibilities the internet holds within reach of everyone. In the US and New Zealand, this is already taking place. And if anyone thinks that this would allow students to copy work off the internet, it might be better to just look at what’s being done to stop this.

3D printers and augmented reality

And why limit ourselves to the near future? Looking into the horizon, we can imagine schoolkids discovering 3D printing with an iPad, as proposed by Printeer, a Kickstarter project that has already raised all the funding it needs via crowdfounding.

Another area where great strides are being made in terms of education is that of augmented reality. Adding virtual elements to the real world via a screen, a camera and a specific software programme could be applied to questions as complex as medicine or as simple as nursery.

Definitively, as in so many other sectors, we’re standing before a point of inflexion in the field of education. In the coming years, we’ll decide what the schools of the future will be like. What kind of school would you have liked to go to?

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