If we take a look back over the last 100 years, we can observe that there have been significant changes to the way that we teach. Technology has changed and is changing everything. So, what could the future of teaching look like?

The year is 2120 and it is your first day at secondary school. The moment you step through the gates your school watch flashes green to confirm your attendance, followed by a confirmation message directing you to your classroom and teacher. The school is big but you won’t get lost, your school watch will navigate you and notify you if you make a wrong turn.

Your classroom is large, bright and spacious. What appear to be tables suddenly light up and reveal themselves as huge interactive screens, which then project a holographic cartoon mascot welcoming you to your new school. Your teacher is standing at the front of the classroom smiling, it’s time to get to know your new teacher and classmates.

Lessons are largely made up of group based activities, schools empathise the importance of being able to work in a team, problem solving and using technological resources are all important aspects to every lesson. Of course the classic subjects are still taught in schools, but not in the way they used to be. School books have been replaced with virtual reality and in today’s lesson you are going to learn about Shakespeare. Pupils and teacher put on their virtual reality goggles and you enter into a new world… but something is not right!

The pupils begin removing the virtual reality goggles and then pick up their print books. Technology is great, but reading real books is the only thing that allows us to use our own imagination.

Turn a page, ignite your imagination

TO GO FURTHER

Ask your students to make their own predictions about school in the future. This is a great opportunity to practice ‘will’ and ‘going to’, used for making future predictions.