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The Future of Education

The Future of Education

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Just three years ago, Edutopia made some predictions for the future of education. We wrote about gaming in the classrooms, the power of wikis, and how grassroots community activism would kick into high gear. We were actually pretty close to the mark on many of the ideas we highlighted. But as we close a decade and start a new one, what do you think the future of education will look like in 2020... and beyond? We'd love to hear what you think -- and we'll be highlighting some of the most interesting ideas on our homepage.

So, tell us: What's next?!

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
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I came across a great blog post on Twitter on this very topic by Steven Anderson (@web20classroom), a District Instructional Technologist in North Carolina. In his blog post, "Looking back at 2010 and looking forward to 2011", Anderson talks about Voicethread, Skype, Ning, Diigo as strong movers in 2010 and mentions Edmodo, Tablets, and Xbox Kinect as contenders for changing in education in 2011.

What do you think? I noticed besides iPads being mentioned, other mobile devices aren't mentioned. Perhaps iTouch's, iPhones, Droids, and other smart mobile devices should be emphasized a bit more?

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Beth B
Academic Advisor, Certified School Counselor

If these devices can help with individualized instruction, I think any of them would be extremely useful. There are so many diverse needs that our students have, gifted with attention issues, average learner with language issues, low-level learner who learns best with lots of human interaction. With focused, well-developed lessons, geared toward that learner, the technology can be extremely useful, except for those who really thrive working face to face with other students or teachers.

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