With the rapid advancement of technology in the realm of education, the fear that a teacher’s role will become obsolete in the near future is growing. It is commonly feared that the responsibilities of teachers might get curbed and they will remain mere facilitators of information.
Greater use of technology in the classroom has made the process of teaching less personal in nature. Learners, these days, are significantly exposed to technology and content from various open sources. Thus, teachers today are no longer accredited with being the only figures who impart knowledge.
This is a major challenge being faced in a field that is constantly being augmented by technology. However, teachers can still strive to remain effective and relevant in the coming years and align themselves with the changing scenario.
Education in the year 2030
The 21st century is all about technological innovations and integrating them with the well-designed curriculum which ensures the holistic development of learners.
The facilitators of today’s world are witnessing robots in the classroom, helping children with visually intriguing digital content, providing young learners with augmented reality cards and so on.
It is expected that technological development will be massive in upcoming years. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, perhaps, will rule the technology domain and in this fast-growing environment, people might evolve equally fast.
Thus, skills such as computer fluency, adaptability to change, problem-solving and high EQ will become essential for future success.
Teachers of 2030
Despite the fear that the teaching profession might lose its significance due to the rapid growth of technology and the Internet, we must understand the importance of a person in a classroom environment who is emotionally intelligent and knows how to guide children to channel their energy and facilitate learning.ADVERTISEMENT
Here are some of the traits that can help teachers to stay equipped with the evolving time:
1. Embracing technology
Kids today are tech-driven from a very tender age. The education system too is transforming with the help of technology.
Thus, it is important for teachers to embrace technology wholeheartedly and be part of this global academic transformation.
2. Being a learner for life
Being a learner for life is an essential part of modern education. Therefore, facilitators need to have a positive approach when it comes to learning. Teachers of 2030 will hopefully be more flexible and open to new ideas and learning.
Thus, while on one hand, they are expected to keep up with the process of learning and unlearning, on the other hand, they are expected to motivate the pupil to practice the same.
3. Being a guide and facilitator
Content knowledge is easily accessible to students even today. The practice of availing information from the internet will be more in the coming decade.
Thus, the teacher’s role will no longer be limited to providing information to students but helping them find out the right information from a lot of data.
4. Not staying restricted to classrooms
Learning can never be restricted to a classroom. Many years ago, Rabindranath Tagore talked about a learning system that encourages a child to learn from everything around them – starting from nature, people, animals, books etc.
The future of education is going to be the same with the greater accessibility of data. Thus, it will be important for both learners and facilitators to have an open mind and flexibility for learning.
As learning space will be extended, a teacher’s workspace may not be confined within the four walls of their classroom in the future.
5. Imparting knowledge with the help of experience
It is difficult to transmit and articulate knowledge only through technological means. Facilitators have personal experience and insight gained over the years.
The role of a future educator will be more of a facilitator who can enrich learners with their own experiences during the process of imparting knowledge.
2030 will definitely be a technologically-advanced year with better content accessibility. Therefore, the responsibility of teachers will not be restricted to imparting knowledge but helping learners to become life-ready and accumulate all the skills that are essential for life in general.