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Education 2020: How will our classrooms look at the end of decade

Nov 10, 2016 15:46 IST

    Education in 2020: Time travel

    Education has been developing for a long time and there are so many changes ahead for education. Technological advancements are completely changing (and have already drastically changed) the face of education. With the gradual but significant transition from textbooks to eBooks, from journals to tablets, and from take-home worksheets to school assignment sites, technology has made education from the past an almost unrecognizable form of learning.

    In the next four years, or say; by the year 2020 we'll start to rethink a lot about education, from building strategies for engaging parents, using portfolios, two-way interactions, and effective community participation in schools to harnessing the power of the internet and social media to get in touch with their students, and hear their thoughts.With nearly omnipresent mobile access, most young people will have access to an array of free and open learning opportunities.

    Talking about ourcurrent education system; it is not broken, but it is becoming out-dated. In the last decade India has seen a revolution in knowledge and information sectors. It has gained a special position in the comity of information communication technology oriented nations. But we’re still running an educational model developed for the industrial revolution, designed to prepare workers for factory jobs. This really has to be changed.

    So, what will happen if you get an opportunity to time travel in the year 2020?

    Seeing the current trends of technological advancement and pace of educational development Jagranjosh.com has come up with 10 interesting things you will witness if you time travel in year 2020.

    So, assuming thatwe are in the year 2020, and we are now witness to these educational and technological changes.

    1. We have started thinking differently about Diploma

    Diploma may be more valuable

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    In 2020, we see an end to the classroom as we know it. The sole professor is now replaced by a team of coaches from vastly different fields. Organised lectures are substituted with messy real-world challenges. Instead of parking themselves in a lecture hall for hours, students are now working in collaborative spaces, where future doctors, lawyers, business leaders, engineers, journalists and artists learn to integrate their different approaches to problem solving and innovate together. In schools around the world the transformation which was already underway in running full-fledged now.What we see, at the National Institute of Design that the students are learning to understand customer needs by working closely with companies like Hewlett Packard and Autodesk.

    2. Informal learning

    Online Learning Resources

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    Perhaps the most important trend what we see now, is the eruption of free and inexpensive informal learning (outside of degree granting institutions) which is precisely the “personal learning”.  Education now is not limited to professional learning; there is a joint effort between teachers, scholars, scientists, and their supporters to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge to lifelong learners around the world. There are now using power study online projects and tools, to enhance their knowledge, like those of:

    K12: Khan Academy, PowerMy Learning, LearnZillion, Big History Project

    Postsec: Udemy, Lynda, iTunes U, Saylor

    3. Paperbacks

    Paperback books will be replaced by E-books

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    All reading is now happening through digital means. And yes, everybody likes the feel of paper. But, you can hardly tell the difference as 'paper' itself has become digitized now.

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    4. Centralized Institutions

    Centralized Institutions System

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    School buildings have become 'home-bases' of learning, not the institutions where all learning happens. Buildings have got smaller and greener, student and teacher schedules have changed to allow less people on campus at any one time, and more teachers and students are going out into their communities to engage in experiential learning.

    5. Parent-Teacher Interaction

    Parent-Teacher Interaction Online

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    By 2020, parents and teachers have become closer than ever as a result of virtual communication opportunities. And parents now are driving schools to become ever more tech integrated.

    6. Paper

    No Paper in Schools

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    Schools have decreased their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself is either struggling to adjust or perish.

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    7. Biometric Attendance System

    Biometric Attendance System

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    Attendance is happening now through Bio scans.

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    8. Increased Literacy rate

    Increased Literacy rate

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    It is heartening to seethat India has attained literacy rate of almost 85 percent now in 2020, and women literacy has been improved drastically with around 80% literacy.

    9. Higher Education

    Higher Education

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    Universities have started giving more attention to under graduate teaching. At least 50% of university age learners are now receiving higher education. A large number of country’s engineering colleges have been upgraded to quality standards nearer to those of India’s world,class IITs.

    10. Educational management

    Educational Information Management system

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    Education management has become more effective doing the right things rather than being more efficient. It has become efficient, effective, transparent and sensitive to future needs. It has started providing single window service facility. The administrative configuration now is such that; it can be restructured, relocated or co-located. Management have now started giving greater emphasis on appointment of project and contract based staff

    All administrative units now are electronically connected and possess strong component of Educational Information Management system, (EIMS).

    11. Participation of Foreign Universities

    Participation of Foreign Universities

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    The needs of higher education cannot be met by the Government alone. So, there is a participation of the Government, the private providers and perhaps selectively participation of foreign universities. We have now freed ourselves from the mind set and have taken a realistic attitude, taking into consideration the fact that major revolution is taking place in higher education in the world.

    Conclusion:

    Summing it up, we will just state that, over the past twenty years, information technology has transformed the society in which we live. It seems that computers and the Internet have proliferated into every aspect of life. The arrival of affordable and mobile technologies combined with increased accessibility to reliable, high-speed Internet has opened the door to an entirely new world of instructional strategies in education, creating a new culture for teaching and learning and driving a digital shift. Education is going to be more globally-woven in the coming decades; it will be more technologically engaging and more accessible to all the students across the globe.

    Jagranjosh.com will end up saying, "Education turns an empty mind into an open mind. It turns information into behavioural transformation"

    Keep educating yourself!!

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