Classrooms of the future could prove to be a very exciting place, thanks to the emergence of immersive technology. We have already seen how different classrooms of today are from those of yesteryear. Imagine how technology and changing curriculum could change the ones of tomorrow.
STEM’s place in classrooms of the future
STEM refers to the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects. It has been causing changes in education systems all over the world since it came into focus in the early 2000s. Classrooms now integrate technology and hands-on activities into teaching methods, all in hopes of keeping children interested and entertained enough to learn critical skills that will be essential when they are older.
STEM’s use of technology
The children of today are growing up with technology all around them, from televisions to phones and computers. We can only imagine that the children of tomorrow, will be growing up with holograms, hover boards and teleportation machines. In the meantime, until technology gets to that level, we are seeing virtual reality slowly make its way into the classrooms.
Immersive technology in STEM
Augmented reality and virtual reality are technologies where the person feels a sense of immersion, blurring the line between the physical and digital worlds. Many higher-level education institutions in the US have already started using this kind of technology to teach students things like ocean acidification and structural engineering.
Future classrooms could allow students to learn about the solar system by literally allowing them to “walk” through space, while their teacher points out the characteristics of each planet. Various software platforms could be used in schools to break down complex theories, where whiteboards and markers just will not work anymore. Students will be able to actually see inside the human body through their visual reality lenses, rather than reading about how blood travels from a textbook.
The amount of exploration and learning that could be done using immersive technologies is mind-boggling. And we need to realize that quite soon, this may become a norm in classrooms and therefore continue to upgrade ourselves so that we are ready for this change.
STEMmates and technology
STEMmates seeks to prepare our Australian youth for this technologically advanced future that we are heading towards. Our courses, such as robotics, teach children as young as 7 years old about the brains of a robot and how to build simple machines. Make sure your child is not left behind in this new digital age. Find out more about our courses from our Facebook page, as well as our website.