One of the most popular Education 4.0 formulas is to combine technology and face-to-face learning. There are a number of digital platforms available for Primary and Secondary teachers that foster this formula, from Google Classroom and MS Teams, to the free and diverse range of Clevertouch applications such as Day Dream Education and Revision Buddies.
Some educators have adopted an inverted learning style in the classroom and today's technology helps to exercise this style of education. The online tools allow students to assimilate large amounts of information at their own pace, and apply the skills learned in a variety of thematic disciplines collaboratively. This, in turn, allows extensive learning rather than limited learning on seemingly unrelated topics.
In addition, the Internet of Things and 4K technology have made true personalized learning a reality. Clevertouch classrooms worldwide are now taking advantage of 'mirroring' technology: the reflection of up to 4 simultaneous mobile devices on the monitor.
Personalized adaptive learning is possible with these tools and the most capable students can accelerate their learning, while others can wait to master the learning before moving on to the next stage.
On the other hand, the Z generation expects digital tools to be a normal part of their daily learning. Never before have we seen a more positive impact than with the focus on STEM learning.
But this is quickly being replaced by STEAM learning (we add the A of art) to recognize the role that arts-based subjects can play in supporting understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Education 4.0 tools can facilitate this by simplifying the way schools can disseminate the variety of material related to different areas of the curriculum. Online tools can be much more than a substation of written tools: current technology allows the redesign of tasks, allowing creativity at the highest levels.
Resources can be easily shared among peers and spread in the cloud. Most cloud-based programs are compatible, so resources and projects are also possible in other local schools and, in fact, worldwide.
With technology moving at an exponential rate, it is difficult to accurately predict the future of the classroom, but it is clear that educational technology will change the way we see traditional learning spaces. The row-by-row arrangement of the tables in front of the teacher is already being replaced by more flexible learning spaces, particularly at the level of higher education.
Education 4.0 will also see a much more important role in facilitating provider-to-provider and provider-to-business collaboration, allowing partnership in the exchange of skills and supporting schools that are improving their performance and allowing students today are the leaders of the technological landscape of tomorrow.