Schools of the Future

It's pretty hard to predict the future due to the fact that leading microelectronics are being manufactured rapidly. Here are below illustrations of predictions of the pace of technological advancement over the different time periods starting from 2012...

Technology in schools are repeatedly changing due to the fact there's always something that is better or faster. All of these things are making learning easier and entertaining but there's still a question to whether or not what sources to use. Schools use to be about bringing paper and pencils in along with writing with chalk on the chalkboard. 📝 Now it's whipping out your smartphone or laptop interacting with other students with what we all know today the internet. Even Obama and other What?

Various technologies in the classrooms

Smartphones

Many schools are having a debate on whether or not if it's a relevant strategy for sufficient learning to use smartphones in the classroom. Some schools have taken the risk of applying smartphones as their learning sources for their students and found it to be very helpful.

Smartphones: almost 80% of all teens here have smartphones so why not let them use them. Students are allowed to use cell phones on campuses but not in classrooms in 62% of schools nationally. Schools can have the choice to provide cell phones or let the students bring them.

                                                                           Pros:

Browsing and Instant answers from the web

Social learning

                                                                          Cons:

Cyber bullying

High Tech cheating

Texting or social medias (distraction)

                                                                       Solutions:

If schools provided the smartphones they can maybe purchase ones that are made specifically for school. Ones with learning objectives and short range texting and web browsing.

Laptops

                                                                            Pros:

More accessible so the students wouldn't have to repeatedly print out. A wider range of different ways of learning such as activities and games than just listening to long explanatory lecturers.

Can lead to a higher motivation for them to learn.

Updates or new editions are cheaper than buying books repeat

                                                                          Cons:

A large mass of students using these devices can lead to shadowing the concept of a classroom. Leaving the impression that there's just students sitting at devices than actually learning.

Students who aren't using devices might find them distracting.

Some might log into social medias.

Answers for assignments browsed in the web may not be as accurate as the textbooks in the classroom.

Some teachers and students have to be taught how to use these devices.

                                                                         Solutions:

Ask for students to turn off their wifi.

Allow access to devices only during necessary times.

The school needs to have certain websites blocked

Interactive whiteboards: will become more advanced or even replaced by touch screen monitors to have a hands on learning environment.👆

eBooks

                                                                       Pros:

Easy to carry with a library of many genres due to a vast mass of choices.

Cheaper to purchase books on a eBook than actually buying it online with shipping and handling.

Time of receiving the book is faster than actually waiting for UPS to deliver it. Gosh...⌚️

Easier to read with the exception of adjusting the font and brightness.

Audio and Video options are helpful to people with different learning patterns.

                                                                     Cons:

The LCD lighting can cause a glare that can put a strain on the eyes.

Many people still prefer the traditional feel and appearance of a paper book.

There are a lot of different formats compatible with certain devices. Trying to distinguish which ones are right can be stressful.

I wish electronics like my phone would never die. But you will have to continually recharge your eBook depending how long you stay on there.

                                                                    Solutions:

There really aren't any. Just relates back to solutions to the use of the laptops. Teachers perhaps can monitor there students wisely. Yea.....that's pretty much it.