Technology in classroomsIn the last decade, several changes occurred in public classrooms and most of the changes happened in first world countries. Recently, classrooms in the developing world have undergone several changes. Technology is becoming increasingly common on every continent. A large percentage of children born in the 21st century are digital natives and technology in the classroom allows students to interact with peers on the other side of the globe and get knowledge from a vast array of sources. Teachers will continue to promote online education since so much can be gained by students this way.
Tackling real-world issuesIn previous generations, students were taught outdated information and currently, many young adults are saddled with student loan debt. Students will learn how to tackle real-world issues in modern classrooms. Rote learning is important, but students must learn how to solve complex problems. Currently, many high schools have entrepreneurship programs which has been a huge help in this area. Most schools are incorporating real-world skills into the curriculum and teachers are using social learning tools. Social media tools can encourage students to work together. Teachers are asking their students for their perspective on global issues as well.
Giving Students OptionsStudents have options and across the globe, students are learning more on their own and taking initiative. Teachers are letting students choose everything from their interactive programs to their lunches. Students want to eat healthy foods, and want to know the nutritional information. Some have taken pictures of their lunches, and are requesting healthier menu options from their schools and districts. Teachers want students to be independent thinkers inside and outside of the classroom and technology can help get them there.
Hiring knowledgeable teachersSchools are hiring technically savvy teachers as part of changing classrooms. Teachers are using more technology in their classrooms, and need to be well-versed in the latest. In rural areas, students depend heavily on their teachers for help in navigating a globally connected world since many students only use technology in their classroom. In remote areas of China and Mongolia, many students do not have a computer in their home and expect their teachers to have a vast understanding of technology. Instead of reading about plants in books, search engines are giving students information about plants and medical breakthroughs. In Ras al-Khaimah, the government understands that education should always be one of the country’s highest priorities. With things like the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi reading initiative program, the government and schools look to nurture and cultivate the country’s local talent. Local officials know that the schools need knowledgeable teachers and are working with them to update their education and schools from elementary on up.
Closing the skills gapAs the world’s population becomes more condensed, teachers are focusing on respectability. Before the digital age, children in places like the Amazon and the Congo were marginalized but technology is closing the skills gap, and many students are demanding respect. Students are learning about government policies and want to make sure that the governmental changes benefit their generation. Students want to excel in math and science and get into careers that will make a difference and technology can help show them the best way to make a difference. In the past, education was a luxury for the rich. More than 750 million adults cannot read at a basic level, but the number of illiterate adults is shrinking. In the near future, more than 75% of the world’s population will be literate. Today, most countries believe that all children have a fundamental right to an education.
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