Education is constantly changing. We’ve transitioned from chalkboards and abacuses to iPads and Zoom calls. Today’s children and young people are digital nomads, and education today isn’t preparing them with the skills of tomorrow. We need a new way to educate our pupils if we are to maintain technological superiority in the decades to come. Researchers across the globe have begun using technology and AI to teach young people everyday skills such as reading and writing as well as complex skills that will be required for the future.
Artificial intelligence is key to transforming education and making sure that kids all over the world have access to quality learning resources. There are numerous ways AI will transform the education of millions of children, but before we dive into that topic, we want to discuss how these technologies can help teachers.
1. Technology has enabled the use of online education meaning that previous barriers - such as location - are obsolete.
2. Learning can be tailored to pupil needs as opposed to what the education system suggests.
3. Admin tasks can become automated.
4. Tutoring and home support is easier and more accessible.
Now we’ve covered how technology supports teachers, it’s important to talk about how AI can benefit children – for both their everyday education and their future skills.
Online learning has enhanced traditional classroom environments and provides pupils with a hands-on experience which is critical when learning about STEM. One of the first tech innovations was when Google launched the G Suite 10 years ago; it’s allowed educators and pupils a simple yet innovative way to communicate and collaborate.
Gaming is another way in which pupils can become more interactive when learning. Gaming is engaging regardless of the game so subject-based learning starts to feel less like school when applied to gaming. Video games also require a lot of technical knowledge to develop and create, therefore they become a natural hook for teaching coding and computer skills to children and young people. You can also make gaming multiplayer, which encourages other skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.
Simulation tools support STEM education by providing opportunities to control both virtual and actual environments. STEM equipment can be hard to obtain, dangerous and expensive, so simulation is one way in which people can experience STEM phenomena without real life experiences.
Technology is becoming more accessible, and therefore, learning is instantly becoming more immersive. The ability to draw a cartoon onto a real life photo, or to draw an entire room in a digital environment that can be viewed in 360 degrees, is improving the quality of education for thousands.
In an information age society, technology use is no longer a nice to have when it comes to education. It’s critical. Creating spaces where students can learn about STEM and supporting them with early opportunities is fundamental to laying the foundations for tech skills of the future.
Whilst STEM education is imperative, not everyone has access to the tools and resources needed. At develop, we’ve partnered with a local primary school in Tower Hamlets and for every placement we make we’re donating £25 to purchase STEM toys and resources for the pupils. Want to know more about our STEM pledge?