Bridging The Future, in my opinion, is an entirely believable video that portrays the future of education – the digital classroom. Compared to the Corning video, which, though imaginative, failed to strike the right chord with me, this one is far more credible, because some of this technology already exists, if I am not mistaken.
And if it does, then it should just be a matter of time before they figure out how to blend it with the classroom environment. Imaginative, yes. Far-fetched ? No.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius.
Unlike the Glass video, which showed every aspect of life, including relationships, revolving around glass, this one is more focused on the aspect of use of technology in enhancing the learning experience. In fact it probably highlights this very famous quote – “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius.
It shows intelligent use of technology in the classroom – first, the digital blackboard, connected with the students’ laptops is something that already exists, though it may not be as sophisticated as the one portrayed. I am referring to the digital whiteboard, which is also a collaborative learning tool like the one depicted.
Another great aspect of the portrayed technology was the ability of the teacher to remotely monitor the learning activity and progress of each learner, and focusing on the ones lagging behind. This too is possible and credible, and several LMS already offer this feature.
Online meeting / video-conferencing is also something that exists. Creating simulated models is also a feature that is already possible. What was also great in the video was the students building a physical model and testing it in class – I do and I understand. This, perhaps, is education at its best, because it portrays not just learning of concepts, but reinforcing the concepts with the aid of actual testing and experimentation.
Utopian or Dystopian ?
In my view, totally utopian, but in a good way, because it portrays technology being harnessed in a good way in the classroom. Agreed, it may in a sense show the classroom being taken over by technology and gadgets, but I would tend to think that this was being done in a manner where the human is in control of the machine, and not vice-versa, so definitely not dystopian.
So, to sum up, I would say that Bridging The Future is not a bridge too far. It is perhaps, just around the corner.