Education in 2025 – EPSY 556

Consider your current teaching/learning environment.

  • How do you think learning/teaching and learning spaces will be different in 2025?
  • What aspects of your current environment would you keep?
  • What aspects of it would you change? And why?
  • How will the change you foresee affect teachers, learners and educational institutions?

With every year, we have changes in world population, resources, economy, and government; however, the greatest changes that come at us with such gust, are the changes in technology and the information it generates.  Flash forward 14 years into the future and you’ll witness the extinction of some of today’s businesses and the faint memory of how things were once done, but you will not witness the elimination of technology.  It brings us to that old adage; “you can’t put the genie back in the bottle,” meaning, “you can’t take technology back.”  As more and more technology is unleashed, we, the people, are incessantly hungry for more.  As we flash forward 14 years, this addiction to technology will continue to have a significant impact on the way schools exist, teachers teach, and students learn.

In 2025, I envision the affects of technology in education will stretch further than today beyond the classroom walls allowing educators to reach a greater number of students, especially those who have been lost to the traditional classroom setting.  I believe today’s traditional classroom of students seated at desks and being teacher led will need to shift to a more flexible, free flowing setting where the students are leaders in their own collaborative learning process and the teacher is more of a guide/observer.  I hope it’s fair to say we will see a greater number of students tuned into their own personal learning environments who are better equipped in researching, filtering, and managing the vast of information overload.  A time when the norm is no longer teach to the majority, but rather allow students to take charge of their learning.  On a more realistic note, in 2025, I foresee schools still being faced with the challenge of being fully networked and equipped to accommodate the surge of technological advances.  It would be wonderful if I’m wrong, but I feel educators will continue to be faced with unmotivated students despite the availability of technology and loss of boundaries within the classroom.

However, it’s not 2025, it is 2011 as I examine the current learning environment at Highland High School.  An environment that is strongly traditional in setting with a glimpse of technological interventions.  I witness students who are born wired, but not for our traditional setting.  I see a school that is lacking in financial resources lending to the lack of technology available to teachers and students.   As a result, I see teachers who are frustrated and students who are uninspired.  As hopeless as our current environment may sound, I’m proud to be a part of an environment that does not give up and continues to move forward fighting against our current barriers.  Our staff is continually sharing what works and what doesn’t work.  You currently see teachers working together to replace rote memorization with lessons where students are highly engaged taking charge of their own learning making it more meaningful and lasting.  Whether 2011 or 2025, schools and teachers will continue to face uncontrollable roadblocks.  What matters though is how schools and teachers react and work to oversee such roadblocks for the good of their students.

With the foreseeable changes in education in 2025, schools will need to find a better way to quickly adapt to the rapid changes and growth in technology.  Administrators and teachers will need to become more flexible in the learning environment allowing for more of a student driven learning process.  Students will need to be motivated and aware of their own personal learning environments in and outside of the classroom.  In the end, all involved will need to continue to share and work together to make life long learning the ultimate goal in education.

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