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Childhood in the digital age
Childhood in the digital age

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4.3.5 A new educational future

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Figure 8 Are schools in the cloud the future of education?

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. How will this impact on children’s education? Schools need to decide how far to go in adopting these new digital technologies, and how far they still need to focus on more traditional methods of learning and instruction.

The School in the Cloud and the flipped classroom are clear examples of how technology can and will transform the educational lives of many children, giving them more autonomy over their own learning.

In the current classroom context, you have seen how digital devices can be used to support the development of core skills like literacy and maths, and how digital apps can provide an engaging, stimulating and creative way of promoting children’s learning.

In the future, basic programming will be on the syllabus for all primary-aged children in the UK. The more we can encourage children to create and actively contribute to the content delivered on the tablets and other technologies they use, the more it will be meaningful, motivational and personalised for them, and this may well be the start of creating a new educational future for all.

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