Forget how to create custom smiles – now you can create YOURSELF in the digital world and live a completely alternate life….absolutely like in the movie – Avataar —- This is now a reality called ‘METAVERSE’.
Technology is widespread and knows no age limits. K-12 / Adult education has become limitless with information and knowledge available at students’ fingertips.
- Virtually learning new languages with experts from local countries is quite common.
- Indians abroad are using virtual tutors from India to learn maths and science /music/robotics and coding only through the internet itself and are finding a lot of use out of it.
- Students in the classroom, for example, can learn about the Arctic by following a team of scientists’ expedition to the region, reading scientist blog posts, viewing photos, emailing scientists with questions, and even talking live with scientists via video conference. Students can share what they are learning with students in other classrooms in other states who are tracking the same expedition. Students can collaborate on group projects using technology-based tools such as wikis and Google Docs. Classroom walls are no longer a barrier as technology enables new ways of learning, communicating and working together.
- Vast amounts of information (books, audio, images, videos) are available at your fingertips through the Internet, and formal learning opportunities are available online worldwide through Khan Academy, MOOCs, podcasts, traditional online training programs, and more.
- Technology has also begun to change the roles of teachers and learners. In the traditional classroom, the teacher is the primary source of information and the learners receive it passively. Because of Google and the Internet and the educational opportunities that technology provides, in many classrooms today we are seeing the role of the teacher shift to a “guide from the side” as students take more responsibility for their own learning, using technology to gather relevant information.
- Student attention apps, online exam monitoring tools are also already being used by schools.
- Schools and universities across the country are beginning to redesign learning spaces to allow for this new model of education, to encourage more interaction and small group work, and to use technology as an enabler.
- The school infrastructure also includes the use of new-age digital whiteboards that are fully AI-enabled to not only connect and display content, but also dynamically change content based on student interest levels by reading faces and asking questions.
- Education 4.0 now and 5.0 are clearly focused on technologies that bring more experiential learning, changing the way education is now consumed by students, making assessments now simply a progressive tool rather than success measurement tools, are some of the tailwinds driving technology adoption.
- Learning is now limited to schools only – it is already moving to learning on the go… and the fact that content discovery, along with price discovery with certificates from prestigious colleges and institutes, clearly allows students at the bottom end of the strata to now be part of basic training as long as they have a device in their hand that can connect to the internet.
Technology is a powerful tool that can support and transform education in many ways, from making it easier for teachers to create learning materials to providing new ways for people to learn and work together. With the worldwide spread of the Internet and the ubiquity of smart devices that can connect to it, a new era of anytime, anywhere education is dawning. It will be up to designers of instruction and educational technology to make the most of the opportunities provided by technology to transform education so that effective and efficient education is available to all, everywhere.
The views expressed above are the author’s own.
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