The Future is Now: Allow technologies to shape our education

Rather than simply reading about the history of Melaka in a textbook, students can put on VR headsets and walk the streets of historical civilisations, bringing history alive.

MANJIT SINGH SIDHU
11 May 2024 05:53pm
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TECHNOLOGY has become deeply integrated in our daily lives, altering companies, economies, and the ways we teach and learn.

In the field of education, continual technology breakthroughs provide unprecedented opportunity to increase accessibility, participation, and effectiveness. Learning options are endless as the educational environment rapidly changes with the introduction of technologies like virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) and more.

Large companies like Apple, Google and Samsung are investing heavily in initiatives, laying the groundwork for immersive educational opportunities. Therefore, VR is emerging as a powerful tool with the potential to transform education. In fact, VR goes beyond standard teaching techniques, sending students to virtual spaces where they may explore, engage, and learn firsthand.

For example, rather than simply reading about the history of Melaka in a textbook, students can put on VR headsets and walk the streets of historical civilisations, bringing history alive.

Furthermore, developments such as virtual science laboratories allow kids to perform experiments securely, which fosters scientific curiosity and discovery. As VR technology becomes more available and inexpensive, its incorporation into classrooms is expected to become mainstream, opening up new aspects of learning.

Augmented reality (AR) provides another route for improving education by superimposing digital knowledge on the actual environment. AR apps enable students to engage with digital information in real time, which improves their learning experiences.

AR-enabled textbooks, for example, can enhance traditional content with interactive components such as 3D models, animations, and quizzes, increasing the engagement and dynamism of learning. AR simulations may also enable hands-on instruction in a variety of sectors, including as medical operations and engineering design, allowing for experiential learning.

Thus, AR technology has the ability to change how students engage with academic material as it develops and becomes more completely integrated into educational courses.

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Another technology AI has the potential to completely change education by helping teachers with their lessons and personalising learning experiences. AI driven tutoring programmes have the ability to adapt to the unique needs of each student, offering real-time feedback and individualised instruction.

For instance, intelligent tutoring systems can assess how well students learn, pinpoint their area of weakness, and adapt lessons plans in real-time environment to fill in specific gaps. AI chatbots may give immediate assistance to students by answering queries and guiding them through challenging ideas.

Furthermore, AI-powered grading helpers simplify assessment procedures, allowing teachers to dedicate more time to instructional activities. As AI advances, its incorporation into educational settings will allow students and instructors to attain better learning results.

The issuance, verification, and distribution of credentials and certifications in the educational sector might be totally revolutionised by blockchain technology. Using blockchain's decentralised ledger architecture, educational institutions may securely keep academic data while maintaining their integrity and validity.

Blockchain-based credentials give students with portable, tamper-proof digital certificates that can be readily shared with businesses and academic institutions throughout the world. Additionally, blockchain provides transparent and verifiable credentialing processes, lowering the risk of fraud and boosting confidence in degrees obtained via education.

Blockchain technology has the potential to speed up certification processes, promote lifelong learning, and boost international mobility as its application in the education sector grows. Furthermore, blockchain offers transparent and verifiable credentialing procedures, which reduces the danger of fraud and increases trust in educational degrees.

As blockchain usage expands in the education industry, it has the ability to expedite certification procedures, encourage lifelong learning, and increase global mobility.

Gamification is transforming education by infusing gaming aspects into learning processes, making it more engaging, fun, and effective. Educational games use gaming to engage students, inspire learning, and reinforce topics.

For example, language learning applications use gamified activities to teach vocabulary and grammar, whereas math games require students to answer problems in a fun and engaging way.

Immersive learning activities such as virtual field excursions and simulations, allow students to investigate complicated subjects in a realistic setting, improving understanding and retention. Gamification and immersive technology will continue to flourish, playing an increasingly important role in determining the future of education.

Virtual classrooms in the Metaverse enable dynamic and interactive learning environments in which students and teachers may collaborate in real time beyond geographical boundaries. These virtual environments imitate typical classroom settings, allowing for face-to-face interactions, live lectures, and group discussions.

Virtual classrooms include customisable elements such as interactive whiteboards, 3D models, and spatial audio, which enhance the learning experience for participants. As the Metaverse progresses, virtual classrooms will become more integrated into educational curriculum, providing students and teachers with a smooth transition between physical and digital learning settings.

Examples include blockchain, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. These technologies have the ability to empower teachers and students, democratise access to high-quality education, and personalise learning experiences as they become more widely available and integrated into educational settings.

In order to successfully navigate the challenges of the digital age and equip students for success in a dynamic, interconnected global community, educational technology adoption will be essential.

Technology can open up new educational opportunities for everyone. It provides tremendous opportunity to revolutionise global education at all levels.

Technology advances at a rapid speed, and access to technology such as mobile phones and the internet is expanding. The future of education is full with possibilities, fueled by increasing technology breakthroughs. Innovative technologies, ranging from virtual reality to artificial intelligence, blockchain, and beyond, are changing the way we study, teach, and interact with educational content.

As these technologies become more available and incorporated into educational environments, they have the potential to democratise access to high-quality education, customize learning experiences, and empower both instructors and students.

Embracing educational technology will be critical for navigating the complexities of the digital era and preparing students for success in an increasingly linked and dynamic global community.

As we begin on this road of educational reform, let us use technology to help every learner reach their full potential and create a brighter future for future generations.

Professor Ts Dr Manjit Singh Sidhu is a Professor at the College of Computing and Informatics, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Fellow of the British Computer Society, Chartered IT Professional, Fellow of the Malaysian Scientific Association, Senior IEEE member and Professional Technologist MBOT Malaysia. He may be reached at [email protected].

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