Kids today are growing up in a global community and yet, they are using the same pedagogical methods created over 100 years ago. Society is vastly different than just 20 years ago and we are asking our children to try to process an increasing amount of information that is constantly changing. Advances in science alone, where there are often monthly changes to our understanding of the universe, require constant vigilance to keep up with the pace. The education system must adapt.
During the past twenty years, there has been significant research that’s shown the impact of active learning.
We foresee greater adoption of technology to improve the educational experience and learning process in the following key areas:
Models and Simulations
Better Assessment and Feedback
Media and Storytelling
Many of the above areas tie into epistemic games that can expose the learner to real-world problem solving. Real-world problems often integrate multiple soft skills, such as communication, time management and group dynamics that further improve a student’s understanding and knowledge beyond the “text problem”.
A report by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education indicated that technology – when implemented properly – can produce significant gains in student achievement and boost engagement, particularly among students most at risk. It also notes that replacing teachers with technology is not a path to success. Teachers are already overwhelmed, often with classroom sizes too large for them to manage properly. This has a diminishing returns effect on the quality of the education provided. With the right technology at hand, we can make every teacher highly effective and provide the best education to both children and adults in a society where the amount of information generated is increasing daily.
Digital Learning Ecosystem from the Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning report.