1. Connectivity, collaboration and co-creation
The concept of a teacher standing in front of a room full of students listening and responding to guidance is increasingly a thing of the past.
While not an entirely new approach, new student learning spaces will replace the typical classrooms we know today. This will see students become partners or co-creators of their own learning.
"Experiences that allow collaboration, communication and teamwork for all students often happen beyond the classroom walls. We need to facilitate these experiences in context, and our classes need to be a reflection of that, ”McLaughlin says.
They will be decommissioned to allow collaboration in learning projects between individuals, small groups or larger groups.
Classes will coexist in physical spaces and online, deconstructing the existing learning model so students can learn at home and spend class time collaborating and applying their knowledge to real-life topics.
2. Learning anywhere, anytime
As we ride the wave of the digital age, it becomes easier to connect with a global reach. A world of knowledge is at your fingertips with the click of a button or a simple voice command, and as technology continues to advance, students need to grow their learning with it.
Technology is no longer a motivating factor when it comes to learning, but a necessity. It's something that needs to be incorporated into the future of education to ensure that students are equipped with coping skills in a technology-dependent world.
While some argue that the technology in our classrooms creates lazy, disconnected students, McLaughlin believes it's a myth. He says technology creates endless boundaries about where, with whom and why learning can take place.
"The reality is that classes can be anywhere at any time. Students can work on projects in virtual contexts with other students from around the world at any given moment,” he says.
Technological advances have enabled information and people to be connected at the touch of a button.
Education in the future should show how technology can be used for the benefit of students and teach future generations how to deal with the problems that arise from it.
"Technology can change learning forever, and we need to embrace it and manipulate it to our advantage," McLaughlin says.
Curriculum teaching and learning already extends far beyond the classroom and will continue to do so, and as education changes to fit the needs of the future, the role of the teacher must also adapt and grow. It is the responsibility of every teacher to encourage students to take risks, be innovative and take every opportunity that comes their way.
In light of the transition to a more personalized student experience for future teachers, the data collector, as well as analysts, planners, collaborators, curriculum specialists, synthesizers, problem solvers and researchers must be prepared to be.