Schools of the Future

By: Peyton Love

Blended Learning

A mix of traditional teaching and e-learning

A social or ethical concern would be the digital divide and equality of access.

  • Not everyone has access to the internet or the technology needed for a blended learning environment
  • Not all schools have the funding needed to support a blended learning environment
  • Teachers would have to be trained to use the new technology and they would then have to teach the students to use the technology

This system would fall under the Strand 2 area of Education because blended learning encourages the students to be independent learners through the use of different forms of technology in the classroom

Blended learning would incorporate devices such as:

  • Interactive Tabletops
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Interactive Whiteboards

In addition to the hardware, software would include:

  • word processing
  • educational games and apps
  • screen monitoring software
  • anti-plagiarism

Stakeholders would include:

  • The students
  • The teachers
  • The school
  • The IT creators

I believe that blended learning will succeed because it's a good compromise for those who believe in utilizing technology in every way and those who believe in traditional learning techniques. Blended learning helps to customize the learning process for each individual student, encouraging them to progress at their own pace. Aside from the costliness of the system, I believe blended learning will prove to be a very successful method of learning in the future.

1-1 Program

A 1-1 program provides each student with a laptop to take to and from school.

Social or ethical concerns associated with 1-1 Program would be the digital divide and equality of access.

  • Providing a laptop for every student is very costly
  • Training all of the teachers to use the technology is costly
  • Not all of the students will have access to the internet at home

This system would fall under the Strand 2 area of Education because the 1-1 Program provides each student with a laptop, helping the student to become independent and have access to resources outside of the classroom.

The technology needed for this system would include:

  • Hardware - laptops
  • Software - web filtering software (black list), word processing, screen monitoring, dictation software, reference software
  • Networks - students and teachers would need internet access at home (through their internet service provider) and at school

Stakeholders would include:

  • The students
  • The teachers
  • The school and school district
  • The IT creators

I believe the 1-1 Program will succeed in places that have the funding to support it but fail in other places that are lacking sufficient funds. This system will provide so many students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge outside of the classroom but in order for this to succeed, the students, school, and teachers must have access to things like the internet at home and school.

Open Courseware

Educational material which is released for free use and distribution.

A social and ethical strand would be the digital divide and equality of access, or authenticity

  • You must have access to a computer to take the course
  • You must have access to the internet to take the course
  • The quality of the content could be an issue because of the source of the information

This system would fall under the Strand 2 area of Education because the open courseware allows students to expand their knowledge outside of the conventional classroom.

The technology needed for this system would include:

  • Hardware - computer (desktop/laptop) or tablet, microphone, video camera, speakers
  • Networks - internet access is needed to view the courseware

Stakeholders would include:

  • The student
  • The instructor
  • The company/university providing the class

I believe that Open Courseware will definitely succeed because the cost of a college tuition is already extremely high and will only increase in the future so people will looking for alternate forms of education. Open Courseware allows students to choose what classes work best for them and also gives them the flexibility that many universities are lacking.

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