Nov. 12, 2018
Trends in 21st Century Education
Over the years, education has evolved from the traditional ways of learning to more advanced modern trends. These trends have impacted the education system in different ways both positively and negatively. They have shaped the learning institutions in one way or the other in relation to technology, modes of teaching, libraries and many more others. The first trend that has been incorporated in education is technology. This means that technology in forms of computers, screens, phones and the internet at large. Education was based on manual teaching, listening and writing. Classrooms only had bags, pens, pencils and books. However, this has changed as the education set up contains computers and electronic devices such that students no longer write manually; rather they type and store their notes in devices. Additionally, the educators have minimized dictating notes and replaced this with online writing material with projectors and references. This trend is very good as it has elevated the education in different aspects. However, it has also played negative roles that have made the quality of education to dwindle. The trends and their impacts to education in the society therefore plays a big role in the destruction of education system .
These trends affect the learners, educators and parents all in one. Ever growing technology fuels this trend together with the urge to be relevant and up to date. The learners are affected by these trends such that education has been made easier. Research and analysis have been simplified by use of internet and students do not go the excess miles to get basic information and answers. The educators also benefit from this such that teaching has been simplified into giving references and online submissions. The parents have also not been left out as basic information about students are directly communicate to them through emails and the performances of their children can be easily traced. However, these trends pose as a threat too. For instance, laziness has been in the rise among learners to an extent of fully depending on the internet and computers for school work and direct answers. This is not good as it lowers the quality of education. A good example of this impact is according to the author Lyons peter. The author narrates the problem associated with teaching with screens and electronic devices. For instance, he has banned the use of these devices in his classroom on the merit that they are more destructive than helpful. First, he quotes that his school was made an iPad school where iPad were used for teaching and evaluation. Some of the challenges of these were loss of the devices by students, lack of charge for the devices and unreliable internet access. This has thus locked the teachers and students in certain corners that are not good for learning. “Issues include students forgetting or losing their devices,...