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How do you think technology will improve your school in the future?

That’s the question I asked at our Google conference on the 3rd February 2017, whereby three groups of teachers and students took part in an ideas generation activity, which got them thinking about how school/work will be different in the future (3 to 5 years). These ideas needed to focus on the things they would like to see happen to improve their experience in education, as well as having fun, thinking about futuristic sci-fi utopias.

There were many ideas and discussions ongoing throughout the day, and they filled a whole wall in the Google Theatre.
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The difficulty in summarising the outcome of this activity into a short paragraph is that firstly, there were so many great ideas to choose from. Secondly, in a year's time we could do the same activity again and the whole focus could shift due to a release of new technology in the next year.

However, many of the ideas did in fact have a common theme, as they focused on a piece of technology to help solve a particular problem, whether that be Virtual Reality to help students learn more about Science or History or simply a tool that allows students to get access to support outside of the lesson. The thing is, technology is changing rapidly, which means it only takes one new advancement to knock everything else out of the park and change the future in education forever.

So, in order to help shape the eLearning vision for the future, what I am working on now is extracting the key ways that technology can help solve a problem in education and look at what we can do now with the technology that is available to enhance teaching and learning. Looking into the future (3 - 5 years), the actual technology we use will more than likely be something we haven’t even heard of yet, although what remains is that we can still be working towards a goal - for example “helping students better prepare for the school day by providing access to timetables, reading materials and lesson resources”.

Also, for anyone that would like to imagine what school could be like in 5 years time, here is a short story based on the ideas generated from the day.

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