How will we learn in the future?

A student trying virtual reality glasses in the classroom. (Institut Santa Eulàlia)

Technology changes the way we study and allows us to learn autonomously

By Judith Vives

Nicholas Negroponte is a computer expert and founder of the MIT Media Lab, a laboratory of ideas and technological development associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

A few years ago, Negroponte predicted that in the future we could learn languages, or anything else, by taking a pill. It may seem incredible, but technology is changing and evolving so much that maybe one day this option will be a reality.

For Negroponte, technology is transforming the way we receive and process information, that is, our learning processes. Thus, through nanorobots and other technologies we could introduce knowledge directly into our head. 

New technologies in class

The truth is that the way we study and learn has changed a lot, thanks to technology. Nowadays, we can’t imagine a classroom without tablets, laptops and interactive screens.

More recently, the development of technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality is transforming the way of educating in schools, academies and universities. In the classroom, it is already possible to visit the pyramids of Egypt or the moon without leaving the class.

All this revolution means that new generations are born and raised connected to the internet, developing new skills and abilities. They are interactive and self-taught students.

Millennials and Generation Z are capable of learning on their own by searching for information on YouTube, through mobile apps, MOOCs (massive open online courses) or any space where they can connect.

This way of interacting with the internet has changed their way of learning, since they are able to find different sources and information about everything that interests them.

Organising knowledge

With all this knowledge at your disposal, you need methods to organise ideas, establish criteria and above all to set objectives and goals.

For example, when learning English, you can do it through self-teaching with internet videos, apps that help you with verbs or grammar, and even practicing in chats with native English speakers.

But if you really want to reach a level of English that is sufficient to get a job, you will need to demonstrate the right knowledge.

For this you have official exams, which help you to set your objectives and certify your level of English, even though you learned it independently.

If you want to know more about official English exams, do not hesitate to contact Trinity College London, one of the most prestigious examining bodies in the world.

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