What was school like for you? I hated school. I hated the desks in rows, the standardized testing, and the awful cafeteria food. More than anything, I could not stand the vast amounts of time I felt I was wasting by learning things that held no relevance to my adult life. As a student, I dreamed of doing school a different way.
I now spend almost every day working to disrupt and change the system that I believe failed me and so many other students. I talk, write, and dream so much about the future of learning, education, and schools. Here is what I hope school will look like in 9 years in 2030.
The school building as you know it will change. No more sectioned off classrooms featuring heavy doors and narrow windows. No more desks in rows facing a projector screen and a lectern. Dusty textbooks, old chalkboards and tired school decorations will be gone.
School buildings will be vibrant and dynamic. They will feature what is today called “flexible seating.” In other words, many schools will look more and more like a We Work or your favorite coworking space! Schools will feature maker spaces, and engineering spaces so students can use their hands to manipulate items and learn.
Schools will be filled with new technologies like VR/AR sets, voice-controlled devices and the latest laptops and tablets for each student to engage with.
The role of the teacher in 2030 will change drastically from today. You probably knew your teacher as the content expert. Typically, schools hire Mrs. Parsons to teach math because she knows math well. Your English teacher typically loves literature and maybe has a small writing career on the side. Teachers have been required to be content experts for so long.
In 2030, adaptive learning software will replace direct instruction. Adaptive learning software is computer software that uses AI to move students up and down through a grade level’s content based on student performance on assessment questions. Adaptive learning is faster and more efficient than even the best teachers.
Using adaptive learning software to teach core content means that teachers no longer must be content experts. With adaptive learning software, the role of the teacher changes. The teacher is now a motivator, coach, curriculum designer and mentor to the student.
Since adaptive learning software is faster than instruction today, the future will see schools condense pure academic work to three hours per day, using the other three or four hours in the day to teach life skills or let students explore personal interest projects. This means the role as a motivator is one of the most important roles a teacher will play.
Students change constantly. In 2030 learning will come to students on demand in the form of cutting-edge technology. There will be an app for almost everything you can imagine. AR/VR and mixed reality will immerse students in the learning resulting in deeper understanding of the content they study.
This ultimately means students will have more choice and control in the future of education.
My best guess is that there will be an economic downturn in North America in 2025 which is only 4 years away. When that happens, many American colleges and universities will suffer. Some will close their doors. Ultimately students will, in 2030, find attractive career preparation offerings outside of the college system.
This means at the k-12 level, schools will shift and heavily focus on skills acquisition as opposed to rote memorization and content “mastery.” School is going to massively innovate in 2030 and HubPod School is so proud to be leading this movement.
The co-founders and owner of HubPod School are students from the Alpha Generation. They see that the current education system is not relevant. That’s why they decided to open their own school, collaborate with industry professionals and educators to design a curriculum, plan projects and motivate students to break all the rules. HubPod School is interested in change and finding the next set of large innovations to the classroom using adaptive learning technology and AI. The world is rapidly innovating, and it is HubPod Schools belief that other schools will follow HubPod Schools lead.