The Future of Education: The Digital Takeover

Digital Takeover in the Classroom

The landscape of the classroom changes very quickly in the modern age, fuelled by innovation and technology. Significant leaps have been made from the abacus to the calculator, the notepad to the iPad – making teaching one of the most rewarding and exciting modern careers to embark upon. Electronic learning is becoming one of the frontrunners in governing the way our children learn, streamlining education and pushing students to new heights. But what exactly is the future of education?

Cloud Learning

The advent of cloud technology has been an innovation across all sectors. Storing information and files on a virtual hard drive, facilitated by the internet, rather than on a physical drive allows for on-the-go access. Leaving your essay at home or forgetting to e-mail yourself coursework has become a thing of the past at higher level learning, but the cloud is beginning to make its way into classrooms of all age groups.

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The last decade has witnessed an explosion in the availability and use of interactive technology in the classroom with a growing focus on embedding IT in teaching and learning.

Only ten years ago interactive whiteboards, now commonplace in classrooms across the country, were in their infancy while iPads and e-book readers were unheard of.

In the ten years up to 2008, £2 billion was invested in improving school IT facilities, although Oftsed rightly cited the need for teachers to improve their own skills in order to keep up with the rapid change in available technologies.

Interactive Whiteboards

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Teaching and Technology: The Digital Age of Teaching

The last decade has seen a revolution in the use of new classroom technologies which has helped to overhaul teaching and learning in schools across the UK. It may come as a shock to those whose last school experience was as a pupil 20 or more years ago but the modern classroom is a place of intensive technology.

Gone are the blackboards, overhead projectors, BBC computers and reams of paper of days gone by; today’s classroom is dominated by interactive whiteboards, laptop computers, IT learning platforms and, in some cases, pupils’ iPads. But as technology continues to advance at a rate that is hard for schools to keep up with, let alone to afford, what positive impacts have these new technologies had and are they always fail-safe?

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