Imagine if you could strap something on your head and automatically do better on tests. You’d literally be putting on your thinking cap. Or, rather than downing gallons of coffee and cramming for exams only hours before they begin, students could get a jolt to the brain instead. Pretty cool and maybe a little bit scary, right? But consider another scenario. You decide to blow off the reading in your engineering science class and wing it by glancing over a couple pages before a quiz–you may do okay on the quiz, but your professor knows you didn’t really do the reading, so he decides to make the next quiz more difficult.
Science fiction? While both of these scenarios may sound less like science and more like fiction, these may be just two of the several exciting edutech tools of the future. As a matter of fact, they are already being implemented in some ways and it may be just a matter of time before they hit a classroom near you—perhaps even your own classroom. But anytime physiological changes are being made to the brain, it’s important to temper excitement with solid research and studies. And while it sounds like students could be made into passive learners in the future and rely only on technology to make it through school, no technology will ever take the place of engaged, enthusiastic teachers and eager, motivated students.
Learn more about learning tools of the future and how they might be used by future students in this electrifying infographic from Onlineschools.com.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.