how technology in teaching will shape future classrooms.

fact or opinion?

'Automation will replace teachers.'

'There's no substitute for traditional teaching methods.'

'It's the end of an era for teaching as we know it.'

cyborgs vs. chalkboards.

From newspaper articles to water cooler chat, there are countless opinions on the future of teaching.

so where are we headed?

Some think we’ll have classroom cyborgs within a few decades whilst others believe there’ll be a renaissance in the ‘chalkboard’ era of education.

To get closer to the truth, we’ve analysed the trends, collated the stats and listened to the experts to inform our four predictions on the teacher and industry of the future...

1. gamification within schools.

Gamification - the process of implementing game mechanics to encourage participation and engagement - isn’t only for hardcore gamers: it's a phenomenon that's here to stay.

it's already here.

From fitness apps to coffee shop loyalty cards; gamification is permeating everyday life and will extend to classrooms. Indeed, there are already examples of gamification taking education to the next level.


gamifying education: case study.

Shireland Collegiate Academy in the West Midlands are experimenting with gamifying the learning experience by incorporating Minecraft into the curriculum. Students are tasked with building a fully functional virtual city in a team.

gamifying education: community impact.

“The city-building task,” the head teacher explains, “tests the students’ ability to work within a budget, their artistic skills and makes them communicate with each other on how best to complete it. […] they have to take into account the impact of what they’re building on the environment or other parts of the community.”




technology to engage students

Education will become more project-based over time and will involve more platforms and channels, with lessons incorporating video content and diagnostic quizzes, as examples. These are the platforms and styles that pupils are using, so teaching needs to keep up with this behaviour to keep them engaged.

2. the internet of...teaching?

There's been a lot of discussion in the media regarding the Internet of Things and what affect it will have on society.

It's now coming to education.

smart learning.

classrooms augmented with tech

The Internet of Things refers to the increasing connection of devices to the internet and/or each other. A good example to explain the concept is the idea of the smart home, with connected devices that can “talk” to each other, like a fridge that communicates with a smart speaker to auto-order milk when you run out.

The classroom will become a smart learning space, where devices such as beacons and sensors can be used creatively within the teaching experience. Teachers will be able to oversee students’ work progress more easily thanks to better device visibility, and the “smart school”.

ericsson mobility report.

In 2018, there will be more internet of things (IoT) gadgets than mobile devices.

gartner research.

There will be 20.4 billion IoT connected “things” by 2020.


“Through IoT technology, you can push out real-time information to students from multiple sources, rather than using one outdated textbook.”    

3. the virtual opportunity.

Teaching was previously confined to the physical classroom but no more. Institutions like the Open University show that distance learning is both popular and effective.

the creative campus.

More schools will challenge the concept of a set campus and embrace the idea of the travelling classroom, holding classes in local libraries or labs, for example.

teachers harnessing tech.

Virtual technology will enable students to interact with teachers outside of school hours and virtual examiners will take the strain off teachers by marking some coursework and tasks. Live chat support will also mean students can get the help they need in real time.

virtual learning: case study.

The online maths company Third Space Learning has partnered with University College London to offer 4,000 British primary school children weekly one-to-one maths sessions with tutors based in India and Sri Lanka. 

virtual learning: compound intelligence.

Tom Hooper, the company’s CEO, says their ultimate goal is to find “the right blend of human and artificial intelligence in the classroom – identifying that sweet spot.”

4. automation to enhance, not replace.

75% of teachers find their workload unmanageable, according to the Teacher Network Survey of 1,000 school staff in England. 


automation aid

With so much pressure on teachers, automation will become crucial for helping to alleviate time spent on manual processes.

As more tools such as Moodle (which helps collate coursework easily) come into play, teachers will be able to spend more time engaging with students, providing pastoral care and getting creative with their teaching style - all things that are fundamentally human-first.

STEM still has a stigma...

The culture surrounding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has a way to go to change the public's perceptions.

the facts about STEM.

CBI and brunel1/3 of primary school teachers say they “lack confidence” teaching science.
BAE systemsOnly 20% of students study STEM-related subjects past GSCE.
WISE campaign reportOnly 24% of people employed in STEM industries are female.

but this will change...

According to WISE, 61,430 more UK women worked in core STEM roles in 2017 than in 2016.


improving stats.

Nearly 22,000 more women worked as science and engineering technicians in 2017 than in 2016.

And the UK Space Agency is investing over £1.5 million into education and outreach to gain interest around space mission and STEM subjects for children.

what does the teacher of the future look like?

No one can predict exactly what will happen, but we're confident the teaching profession will only accelerate in potential.

fusing tools and skills.

Teaching tools and technologies should change but teaching fundamentals should remain the same.

Forget ‘teachers vs tech’ instead think 'teachers harnessing tech'.

our predictions for the teacher of the future.

A digital nativeBrought up in the digital age so familiar and comfortable using a variety of different technologies.
Increased engagement time with studentsThe use of technological automation will allow teachers more time to interact with pupils.
Multi-functionalAdept at applying a mix of channels, tools and devices to teaching.
Virtually assistedUse virtual support staff and technologies regularly to enhance the learning experience.

be part of this future.

teach STEM.

STEM is going to become a more and more important and sought-after job industry as perception continues to shift and technologies evolve. So it’s never been a better time to teach in these areas.

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