Rip van Winkle had just woken up from his hundred year slumber and stares in amazement at how much everything has changed in the time that he was asleep; he almost did not recognize anything, until he went into a classroom. Rip van Winkle recognized immediately that it was a classroom because nothing much had changed in the educational system since he fell asleep in 1906.
However, of recent, there seems to have been a drastic evolution these last few years; even educators are starting to change with the times. Some say that this change had been on its way for a very long time. For educators, considering trends across industries in conjunction with current developments in education is constructive, strategic and provides an edge. It gives insight and helps to be proactive.
In the education sector, learning institutions should try their best to keep up with the recent advances in technology to better teach their students. Here are some of the more popular trends in education today:
Student-Driven Personalized Learning
Personalized learning is one of the top buzzwords in education today. It suggests a host of different learning methods that are typically institution-driven. Personalized learning is where learners control their learning and become not just consumers of content but active creators of content, building knowledge through collaboration and connectivity via smart phone apps. They make use of the Internet and Social Media as a teaching Tool.
Students will be in control not only of when they learn, but will demand that they contribute to their learning through discussions and collaboration, creating content while doing so. This student-driven phenomenon suggests that schools and higher education institutions will need to respond by creating learning programs that acknowledge that the learner is seeking this kind of personalized learning experience.
All students these days know how to use a computer and the internet, and most of them are using social media networks to share their thoughts and to support each other. Educators nowadays know how to harness the power of the internet and social media to get in touch with their students, and hear their thoughts.
The Condition of Educational Facilities
Basically the better the building’s condition, the better the students and their teachers perform. According to studies, better facilities lead to less truancy, smoking, and substance abuse among the students. It also helps the students to assimilate well and this improves their performance. Even the behavior of the teachers and how well they instruct their students seem to increase along with improvements in the school.
Students Teaching Teachers
Students perform better when they have the opportunity to tell their teachers what things in the classroom needs improvement. Contrary to the old belief that students are too young to know what they need, education systems now give the students the opportunity to give pointers to their teachers on how they can better deliver their lessons so that the students can understand. Giving the students the chance in contributing and even revising the classroom rules actually make the students abide to them; it gives them the feeling that they actually have a say on what goes on in the classroom. Students tend to follow the class rules now since they had a role in making the rules and regulations.
Paying Close Attention to Each Students’ Needs
Educators are no longer looking at their class as a collective; they see them as different individuals with different needs. Some students lag behind the others when it comes to the lectures. Educators can help these students keep up by giving them personalized attention.
Governments seek opportunities to lower costs of education and increase access which translates into funding for alternative education pathways. This quest often involves grants and funding programs for digital learning, flexible degree pathways that may involve recognition of work experience in competency.
Increase in Non-Traditional Students
A huge market exists that consist of adults in the work force that are looking for opportunities to learn new skills to improve their career options. These are promising signs that show the educational system in the country is improving and no longer stagnant.
Nothing is certain in the future except change as the saying goes, yet being proactive rather than reactive will put educators in the best position for a successful future.