A talented artist once reminded my generation of some very important advice.

All right stop
Collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Then I flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?
I don’t know

Ice Ice Baby
By: Vanilla Ice

The future of education is collaboration. I think learning will become more open source. Of course, there will always be teachers to serve a guide or to assist with any problems that occur. Students will be collaborating with others around the world to create their own learning. With this collaboration, students, as well as teachers, will be able to pool resources and knowledge to further learning. With the advance of technology and more and more adults working from home, education will also move out of the classroom and into a completely different and unknown learning space. According to elearningindustry.com, there are 9 factors that will change in education in the next 20 years.

Collaboration is something that schools want their teachers to focus on when working with specialist teachers and others around the school. Shouldn’t the focus for students be on collaborating as well? Collaboration is important whether it be classes within the same school working together or different classes and age groups working on a project from different sides of the globe. When I look on Twitter and throughout my PLN I see people, me among them,  participating in global collaborative projects such as #Gridpals or #Travellingtales among them. Teachers are connecting students across the globe for a purpose. This is a wonderful idea that hopefully will expand to the general curriculum instead of simply the special project that some teachers include. 

Take the basic premise of COETAIL. The learners in my cohort are spread around the globe. The 5 of us are in 3 different countries in Asia, but our coach is in Europe.  This broad base allows us as learners to get varied perspectives and experiences. If we as teacher/learners are working with and learning from people around the world, why don’t we fully embrace this idea within our own classrooms? 

Also, I think there will be a return to more hands-on engaging learning. Students will be engaged in creating something whether it be through coding, making, PBL or something else yet to catch on.  Hands-on learning should be taking more of a prominent role in the education of the future. Students need to get back into using their hands to create because it involves higher order thinking skills, improves motor skills, and students really take pride and ownership of the things that they create.

As technology advances in our everyday life, it does so in education as well. From virtual field trips using VR to cloud computing to store all students information, there is no way classrooms will stay the same – nor should they. As teachers, we should be pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone into something new and innovative.