The K-12 sector continues to see changes in how today’s children are educated. There are definite trends shaping the curriculum and, as with every other aspect of our lives, technology has a huge impact. For teachers and parents alike, the classroom is increasingly becoming a totally different kind of arena. As large education companies enter the digital age, paper-based curricula are being redefined. To suit society’s shifting needs, curricula are moving from mass to personalised learning, aided by technology. Each student works according to individual aptitudes and learning styles.
Curricula themed around enquiry rather than rote learning is now in favour, challenging students to think deeper and form their own opinions. With the help of AI and other developments, classroom-based learning may move to an individualised learning scenario instead. Ready access to a computing device is the new normal, and soon we will see one-to-one classrooms, where each student has his/her own computing device, as standard. Empirical studies demonstrate the benefits for student achievement in one-to-one sessions. What does all this new tech mean to the bottom line for education? Well, schoolrooms will increasingly become maker spaces — hotbeds of inquiry and collaboration, with monologue-style teaching giving way to dialogue-style teaching. In an era where Google can answer any question pupils pose in a second, it’s crucial they learn to sift data early — before entering a society saturated with digital noise. A brave new world indeed.