Things that will disappear from Classroom in Next 10 Years

Do you remember how you used to get excited when as a kid you use to enter a computer lab? 10 years back, we used to get curious by seeing new technology in the classroom. But, now it has become our necessity. Technology has entered the classroom and in future there are chances that because of the technology we will have to say good bye to a few things in the classroom. Here is the list of a few things which are likely to disappear from classroom in next 10 years.

Textbooks:

Textbooks are the first things that will disappear from classroom in next 10 years. Textbooks are the set of content that a students use to understand the basic knowledge of perspective. As modern techniques of teaching are being introduced in the classroom textbooks will become less popular. Textbooks will be replaced by e-Books as they are cheaper, updated and quickly accessible and more interactive.

Classroom instruction:

Classroom instructions means a traditional way of teaching were a teacher stands in front of the classroom and teach the lesson to the students. In the next 10 years, students will research, listen to the online information, and take online tests as per their convenience. The teacher will play the role of a facilitator. The teacher will functions as a “go-to” person when the help is needed in managing experiments or providing directions for the lesson.

Teachers Desk:

Technology helps the students by allowing them to access internet and interact with journals, books and web pages online. Students also have their own social networks and groups where they can connect with the experts. The teacher only needs to be present as a reference point in order to reduce distraction and help students with their relevant topics.

Student’s desks:

Change in the technology has personalized learning. Personalized learning will keep the students engaged in their studies. In the flexible classroom the student’s desk will be replaced by comfortable furniture that might include bean bags, swings, sofas or double-deck beds.

Computer labs:

With the devices like laptops and iPads students are no longer confined to the computer lab. They can work on any assignment from home, in the classroom, or while standing at the bus stop etc. The computer labs will disappear and classroom will look like a computer lab.

Educational system on our planet is being changed. But, I don’t think change is the thing that we need. A traditional teaching method involving students and teachers in the classroom is not at all terrible. Teacher needs to find new ways of teaching so that these things won’t disappear from the classroom and the traditional concept of teaching doesn’t change.

Why is Mathematics and Science important in Engineering?

We take many things for granted in our life. For example, our cell phones, internet, FM Radio, microwave oven etc. But from where do all these things come? Yes, you are right. These things come from mathematics, science, technology and engineering. In a simple sentence, we can say that these things come from those people who are specialized in those streams.

 

Our future depends on our scientific spine. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM are very important for our country.  STEM Education is important for our children future. If you think where STEM applies in our life, you will realize that it applies in each and every aspect of our life. Science includes our natural world. For example sun, moon, stars, weather, animals, plants, food etc. Technology includes cell phones, computers, television, radio, telegraphs etc.  Engineering includes designing roads, bridges and building. It also deals with challenges related to transport, global warming, systems and appliances. We come across Mathematics at grocery stores, banks, family budget, and tax forms.

 

 

School and college going students of America are the future of the country. They are very important for a dynamic economy. Here is the fact about them.

 

The National Academies is the non-profit organization that advises on science and technology. Many years ago a warning was given to U.S by The National Academies, that the U.S. will continue losing ground to foreign economic rivals unless and until it improves the education quality of maths and science.

 

Last year, experts reported that, U.S ranked 27th among 29 wealthy countries in proportion of university students with degrees in mathematics and science. Among developed countries, they ranked 31st.

 

The National Academies are taking initiative and urging government to improve mathematics and science curriculums. The National Academies wants to increase the number of qualified science and maths teacher by 10000. The students who have thorough knowledge of STEM think critically and innovatively. In future the highest paid jobs will be in STEM and all the employees will have to utilize their STEM skills to solve problems in a wide range of industries.

 

According to U.S. Department of Education, only 16% high school students have proven their proficiency in mathematics and are interested in STEM. Only 28% of high school freshmen showed their interest in STEM related field.  Due to these reasons, Obama started “Educate to innovate’ campaign in 2009 so that the students get inspired and excel in STEM subjects.  The campaign also showed the number of insufficient teachers skilled to educate in these subjects. The mission is to get the American students from the middle to the top of the international arena.

 

The Importance of STEM education:

 

STEMconnector.org projects that there will be around 8.65 millions of STEM related jobs by 2018. Projection of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is that, by 2018, the bulk of STEM careers will be 2% in Mathematics, 4% in life Science, 7% in Physical Science, 16% in Traditional Engineering, and 71% in Computing.

 

Only Americans don’t have this problem. Countries like U.K, Germany do face the same problem. According to Royal Academy of Engineering reports, the Brits should graduate more than 1lakh STEM majors till 2020 just to meet its demand. Germany has the scarcity of more than 2lakh workers in Mathematics, National Science and Computer Science disciplines. Ethnically, Asian students have shown much interest in the field of STEM.

 

STEM based learning combines learning methods and subjects rather than keeping them separate.  Different types of disciplines are taught by integrating what students know to solve a new problem. STEM makes use of student’s strength and challenge them to learn more and think innovatively.

 

The European Method of School Success

European School system

Just behind the developed Asian economies of Singapore, South Korea, and the Chinese metropolises of Hong Kong and Shanghai in terms of the OECD’s 2012 PISA assessment scores, the persistent success of Europe’s model of education has been marvelled the world over. With its emphasis on problem solving and catering to the needs of every child, many pedagogues and teachers have visited multiple European schools to seek answers in its highly rated education system. For instance, while teaching in Southern California, Janet English travelled to Finland in 2013 under the US “Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching” programme to discover what made their education both different as well as successful and gives a valuable insight in her book, “The Finnish Way” to Optimize Student Learning.

An Innovative Approach to Problem Solving – Educational Success

Europe’s approach to allowing young students to think about a solution to a problem rather than being provided the answers can be explained with the example of handicraft classes for nine- and ten-year-olds; and this is not your typical, safe, “let-us-play-with-crayons” kind of class but includes drilling, hammering, and sawing, with power tools! If this seems to be too unsafe, then wrap up your child in cotton wool forever since hitting a nail twenty times or so will result in a child being hurt on a rare occasion. However, this will force the child to learn to be cautious and refine his or her motor skills.

From a creative viewpoint, if a child makes something used in daily life, such as a towel rack, shelf, or a pottery-fashioned cup, without showing them specifically how to do construct it, then their problem solving skills will be enhanced. Showing the goal and not telling the students how – because they will ask repeatedly – forces them to think about the problem in their own terms and the result is fascinating: after seeing the shape of what their object is meant to represent ultimately, the variety of ways in which the children solve the problem is ingenious. Of course, a little guidance on certain handicraft techniques and giving some self-confidence is required but too much of it and the mental process required is taken away. Overcoming their fears and mental obstacles is the best environment a teacher can create for students. Most importantly, informing the child on the dangers of tools and techniques creates mental barriers and obstructs their learning; allowing them to make mistakes and learning from them is vital to a child’s development.

An active and engaging form of learning

They emphasise the importance of patiently optimising student learning, incorporating problem solving in every subject (even music!), approaching standardised tests as mostly useless, and dictating the pace of learning by the rate of student learning. Their seeming obsession with problem solving – especially in areas such as music and painting – may appear far-fetched to those unfamiliar but it is remarkable in its results. Initially, the child’s brain must be stimulated. For instance, creating different shades of brown to paint a forest scene from a basic pallet of blue, red, and yellow coerces a child’s mind into thinking and then actually mixing the three original paints to come up with those shades of brown; simply showing how brown is created defeats the purpose.

With the proliferation of technology in all areas of life, Finland – a leader when it comes to European school system – combines doing things by hands with modern tools such as iPads to make students solve problems every day. In science classes, Grade 3 students open useful educational applications, such as How It Works: Machines by Geek Kids, to create any object they desire – whether a rocket, washing machine, hairdryer, or another – using virtual parts to construct the virtual machine. There is freedom of choice to pick an object, thereby engaging the interest of all students. Another application involves using line segments to construct bridges and it is up to the student to stimulate the structure. Essentially, solving problems is based on the familiar, practical objects that children see around them every day, thus allowing them to picture mentally the usefulness of such structures.

Assessments

With exception of the Matriculation Examination taken at the end of secondary school to qualify for university entry, the lack of tests may seem strange but most assessments in European schools come in the form of writing reports or presenting about their tasks facilitates their reasoning skills. Essentially, they are asked to think about how and what they have done; consider a chair building activity, the children know what a chair actually looks like and they make their own. A short presentation of how their version is different from the one on which they are sitting develops the metacognitive skills.

In short, many nations could learn from Europe’s inclusion of problem solving in every lesson, every day. The emphasis on the outdoors and the natural, physical things seen in everyday life provides stimulus to children and engages their mind in learning – a skill nine out of ten school in India lack at. Finnish emphasis on experiential learning and a lack of standardised testing has led to their school system’s international acclaim.

Equal Rights for Girl Child

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Ever increasing social awareness has made us conscious to the problems faced by those less fortunate than ourselves and highlighted the disparity within our society. In a developing country such as ours, these problems could not be more visible even if you hoisted them up a flagpole. With infrastructure and wealth concentrated urban environments, the effect of globalisation and an open-market economy has yet to enable access to basic infrastructure to those living in rural areas; and regardless of what politicians and the statistics say about the lifting of so many impoverished people out of poverty, the economic gap is ever increasing. Unless you are a hermit in a remote location, nobody lives isolated from their social environment: proactively addressing social issues will ameliorate them far more than pointless nothings such as, “The Government should do something about [insert the relevant issue]”.

One such social malaise concerns the situation of children from underprivileged backgrounds: those who cannot attend school or afford basic healthcare, either due to the unavailability of basic infrastructure or lack of funds, thus resulting in a reduced form of self-awareness. It is important to realise that educating these children does not solely pertain to institutional education but rather an overall development of self-awareness. Underprivileged girls, in particular, are affected most by a lack of this development because of anachronistic social tendencies that discourage them from self-development and intellectual growth. Permitting them to make informed, learned decisions enables independence.

As with all forms of social responsibility, there are both areas and levels of involvement concerning adoption, ranging from funding their primary education expenditures to a complete legal adoption. The capacity and willingness to take a child under your wing requires an emotional bond. Adoption can be distant too for those who wish to test the waters at first; for instance, funding the education of your house cleaner’s or chauffeur’s – or another low-wage, informal sector worker’s – child on top of their monthly salaries is an excellent way to be philanthropic. However, you need to ensure that your funds actually benefit the girl and, consequently, your level of involvement will increase and it should. Their health and general well-being are equally important since these affect both a child’s development and education adversely or favourably. Many charities and NGOs have young orphan girls who would gain immensely from legal adoption by providing them with a caring guardian and access to better education and health facilities. This form of charity is unparalleled: seeing a young child growing up, with equal access and opportunities as others around her, into an autonomous and a bright woman is within the best interests of society.


 

So go on and better society: break down caste and societal barriers, adopt a disadvantaged girl and transform her life by providing her with the same opportunities to grow as you would to your own child.