A large proportion of the British public expect technological advancements to impact education in the near future, according to Jisc, an organisation that supports digital services in the education sector.
Its survey found that a fifth of respondents believe learning will include some form of virtual reality within the next five years. Almost the same amount (18%) believe that within 20 years, children will be taught by robots.
Martin Hamilton, futurist at Jisc, said: “The power of technology undoubtedly opens up new benefits as it continues to develop and integrate into the classroom. We are already starting to see learners go on virtual field trips with technologies like Google Expeditions and the Open University’s Open Science Laboratory.
“History lessons of the future could involve students ‘visiting’ Egypt via augmented reality to see the pyramids being built. The possibilities really are endless”
The study also pointed towards the importance of digital skills for students’ future careers. A fifth of people surveyed thought that within the next year computing skills would be as important for finding a job as traditional subjects like languages. More than a third (34%) thought this would happen in the next five years.
Hamilton added: “Today’s primary school pupils have grown up around technology, often using it both at school and in the home. This could be why they are more accepting of technology being used to enhance education.”