OK, so let’s be honest. Predictions are tricky and the best way to do it is basically looking in the rearview mirror.
But, I think there is a meaningful way to think about the future, and that is by using the word “invent.” Rather than starting with the stuff (technologies), let’s start with defining our vision for learning. The fundamental question is: What should learning look like today?
My personal answer is that our learning environment should allow learners to create their own personalized path, letting them dive deeper and think critically. It should enable creativity. It should enable collaboration. It should be equitably available and not create new divides. It should provide accessibility for all learners. And, it should be used in a way that is ethical and helps us understand each other better.
I believe when technology solves these issues, it makes a profound difference. Technology, like a pen or paper or book or chalkboard, is a tool. A tool can be used in great ways — think of a masterpiece by Shakespeare vs. a trashy novel. But too often we say technology is “just” a tool. History has been changed with the tools of the past (the wheel, the printing press, the steam engine, etc.), so it is not simply a tool but rather a powerful way to change the world.
How would you answer the question: What should learning look like today? How would your school system answer that question? Here are some ideas on how you can enable a meaningful conversation about technology for learning:
1) Start by asking your community (perhaps your school, school board, PTA, etc.) what is OUR vision for learning today?