NAOMI SAUTTER, SCIENCE LEADER AND CLASS TEACHER, NORTH LONDON COLLEGIATE SCHOOL, DUBAI; MA EDUCATION STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, UK As educators, we are tasked with preparing students for a future that we cannot see. Within the literature, there are many different perspectives about what an effective learning environment may look like and the skills and knowledge that people will need to succeed in the 21st century. Effective learning environments are characterised by academic progress and achievement, engagement and the purposeful use of resources – areas that the integration of technology can enhance. Analysing trends and looking at the current issues faced by society can give us some insight into the skills required in the future. With rapid and continued advances in technology, educators have a role to play in imparting digital literacy skills in order to prepare students for an increasingly digital workplace environment. Furthermore, in our ever global and diverse world, s
What might an effective learning environment look like in the future with continued advances in technology?
Written by: Naomi Sautter
9 min read
- Abad-Santos A (2013) Go ahead and freak out about the school with no books. The Atlantic. Available at: www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/go-ahead-and-freak-out-about-school-no-books/311116 (accessed 19 March 2022).
- Atherton P (2018) 50 Ways to Use Technology Enhanced Learning in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Teaching. London: Learning Matters.
- Baker T, Smith L and Anissa N (2019) Educ-AI-tion rebooted? Exploring the future of artificial intelligence in schools and colleges. NESTA. Available at: https://media.nesta.org.uk/documents/Future_of_AI_and_education_v5_WEB.pdf (accessed 19 March 2022).
- Barron B (2003) When smart groups fail. The Journal of the Learning Sciences 12(3): 307–359.
- Brooks D (2011) Space matters: The impact of formal learning environments on student learning. British Journal of Educational Technology 42(5): 719–726.
- Byers T, Imms W and Hartnell‐Young E (2014) Making the case for space: The effect of learning spaces on teaching and learning. Curriculum and Teaching 29(1): 5–19.
- Christodoulou D (2020) Teachers vs Tech? The Case for an Ed Tech Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Crockett L (2021) The critical 21st century skills every student needs and why. Future Focused Learning. Available at: https://blog.futurefocusedlearning.net/skills-every-student-needs (accessed 12 December 2021).
- Cullinane C and Montacute R (2020) COVID-19 and social mobility – impact brief #1: School closures. The Sutton Trust. Available at: www.suttontrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/School-Shutdown-Covid-19.pdf (accessed 19 March 2022).
- Energy Innovation (2020) How much energy do data centers really use? Available at: https://energyinnovation.org/2020/03/17/how-much-energy-do-data-centers-really-use (accessed 19 March 2022).
- Higgins S, Mercier E, Burd L et al. (2012) Multi-touch tables and collaborative learning. British Journal of Educational Technology 43(6): 1041–1054.
- Jisc (2006) Designing spaces for effective learning: A guide to 21st century learning space design. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.22776.24321 (accessed 12 December 2021).
- Jukes I and Schaaf RL (2019) A Brief History of the Future of Education: Learning in the Age of Disruption. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.
- Kewalramani S, Kidman G and Palaiologou I (2021) Using artificial intelligence (AI)-interfaced robotic toys in early childhood settings: A case for children’s inquiry literacy. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 29(5): 652–668.
- Krokos E, Plaisant C and Varshney A (2018) Virtual memory palaces: Immersion aids recall. Virtual Reality 23: 1–15.
- Leopold T (2017) A professor built an AI teaching assistant for his courses – and it could shape the future of education. Insider. Available at: www.businessinsider.com/a-professor-built-an-ai-teaching-assistant-for-his-courses-and-it-could-shape-the-future-of-education-2017-3?IR=T (accessed 12 December 2021).
- OECD (2021) OECD Digital Education Outlook 2021: Pushing the Frontiers with AI, Blockchain and Robots. Paris: OECD Publishing.
- Ofcom (2021) Children and parents: Media use and attitudes report 2020/21. Available at: www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/217825/children-and-parents-media-use-and-attitudes-report-2020-21.pdf (accessed 12 December 2021).
- Prentzas J (2013) Artificial intelligence methods in early childhood education. Studies in Computational Intelligence 427: 169-199.
- Roschelle J, Feng M and Murphy RF (2016) Online mathematics homework increases student achievement. AERA Open 2(4): 1–12.
- Rudd T, Gifford C, Morrison J et al. (2007) Futurelab: What if…? Re-imagining learning spaces. HAL Open Science. Available at: https://telearn.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00190334/document (accessed 12 December 2021).
- The Alberta Teachers’ Association (2017) Growing up digital: Parent and grandparent perspectives on digital technology, health and learning. Available at: www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/About/Education%20Research/Promise%20and%20Peril/COOR-101-10-1%20GUD%20Phase%202%20-%20Infographic%202018%20(web).pdf (accessed 19 March 2022).
- Von Radowitz J (2017) Intelligent machines will replace teachers within 10 years, leading public school headteacher predicts. Independent, 11 September, 17. Available at: www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/intelligent-machines-replace-teachers-classroom-10-years-ai-robots-sir-anthony-sheldon-wellington-college-a7939931.html (accessed 12 December 2021).
Please login to comment
View all comments