“Self-directed learning” is a major catch-phrase of 21st Century educationalists, and undeniably a critical skill in the labor markets of the future. However, the classroom culture we have created and inherited is not designed around self-direction, and tends more towards compliant consumption. But there are ways to support self-directed learning in the classroom.
While students are looking forward to the summer vacation, the NEO team are looking forward to this year’s edition of the most comprehensive ed tech event in the world: ISTE Conference and Expo. We can hardly contain our enthusiasm at the thought of meeting once again so many beautiful people who take interest in how to integrate technology in education and transform learning and teaching.
The children who go to school today will surely engage with unforeseen technologies in their future. It is schools’ ultimate job to prepare students for the future, so adopting technology in the classroom might not be such a bad idea. Deciding to adopt technology in their schools, choosing the right ed-tech and supporting teachers in using it are the three most important challenges school leaders must overcome.
The e-learning landscape is a continuum of different instructional designs meant to adapt to individual student needs. This is where scenario-based learning (SBL) comes in, when learners are immersed in real-life and situational scenarios which lets them gather skills and information which in essence is learning by doing.
Online education remains a key response to the shortcomings of K-12 education. There can be no doubt that the sheer volume of solutions and opportunities offered by online educational tools cannot be ignored by a society seeking to graduate better skilled, better adapted, creative, critical thinkers. The future of education is most assuredly online. But what of the classroom? Should we still keep it?
As education becomes more and more digital, with increasing number of devices accessing networks, educational institutions face a new wave of threats, like cyber-attacks, cyberbullying, sexting, online radicalization, and even human error breaches. Therefore, all stakeholders of the educational system need take measures in order to ensure all students can develop in a safe learning environment.
Blending online and physical learning is in most cases the ideal future scenario for education, and there seems little reason to fear that online models will be devoid of the bright, immersive, and inspiring inputs that will one day stimulate all of the senses.
VR technology helps teachers create incredible learning experiences for their students — experiences that will stick to their brain faster and for a longer time than traditional and otherwise boring lectures. Teachers that embrace VR and use it in their classrooms can take their students on amazing journeys on various parts of the globe, at different times, on the Moon, on the bottom of an ocean and even inside the human body.
Where is the future of education located? Will brick-and-mortar campuses survive the online invasion? With students having serious alternative options to higher education and demanding that their various learning needs be met, a growing number of HE institutions will probably adopt a blended or hybrid approach to delivering education and become more flexible.
Student assessment should be based not only on their knowledge (which could be acquired through rote learning and bound to be forgotten), but also on the skills students learn and how they apply what they know in the context of practical tasks. The role of rubrics in performance-based education is to help teachers create assessment that is both student-centered and standards driven.