Technology is changing the way education looks, feels, and works in Canada. Every month new technological educational tools are available to support learning, and these tools are shaping changes in how we view education as a whole. Access to online learning through video is taking skills based education out of the classroom and moving it onto a screen. Classroom learning is augmented by tech offerings like Google, who offers online tools to facilitate collaborative learning. The drive to use tech to support education will only increase over time, as we gain more technological capabilities and test them in different educational contexts.
There is a possibility that future educational accreditation could be completely online, with blockchain technology supporting the need for securely recording and confirming educational attainment.
New technologies and educational applications will have to be tested and improved over time. Some students may encounter setbacks to their learning, as these growing pains are resolved.
Kids may be given more more opportunities and freedom to direct their own learning and pursue personalized educational paths, enabled by these new technologies.
How new is this trend?
This is regularly in the news or seen on social media. If you haven’t already heard about this, you probably will soon.
- Everyone is an Expert - Building skills fast
- Using social robots to aid in children learning a second language
- Collaborative learning in Virtual Reality
- Blockchain technology can be used as a tool to track and reward students for formal and informal learning
- Digital literacy apps to teach reading and writing
What's driving these trends?
Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.
Integration of Technology
Technology, particularly computing devices and capabilities are becoming more pervasive and embedded in all aspects of our lives and society. This rapid acceptance of technology is forcing many industries, communities and individuals to change in a variety of ways.
Deformalization is the transition from formal structures, processes, and institutions, to informal ones. Deformalization is enabled in many cases by technology and is occurring as people question traditional views and ways of doing things.
Decentralization, or the redistribution of power, responsibilities, and resources, is driving many changes in government, education, healthcare, and business. Decentralization enables wider participation in systems and decision-making and supports greater diversity. Technology is enabling decentralization through tools such as crowdsourcing platforms, social networks, and blockchain technology.
Connectivity & Processing Speeds
Advancements in technology have created much faster connectivity and processing speeds. These specific achievements have enabled countless innovations in personal computing devices, technology platforms and artificial intelligence, among other things.