Blog 4: How Technology is Shaping the Future of Education

Blog 4:  How Technology is Shaping the Future of Education

Published on  By   Katie Jones

Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, and now it seems that education systems around the world are due for an update.

Educators are tapping into the digital revolution and adopting new technologies to help students reach their full potential, but can they adapt quickly enough to prepare children for the changing future of work?

The Growing Role of Tech in Classrooms

Today’s infographic from Best Education Degrees explores the different ways technology is transforming classrooms, and disrupting education as we know it.

The Next Generation

Although some might view technology as pervasive, for younger generations, it is ever-present.

Children and young adults make up one-third of all internet users, so it’s no surprise that they are more hyper-connected and digitally savvy than their parents.

The combination of evolving educational needs for children and a more uncertain future of work means that updating what children learn, and how they learn it, has become a crucial issue for schools and colleges—but what should be prioritized?

Classrooms 2.0

In a survey of 1,400 educators, the majority of them say they believe that classrooms of the future will be centered around self-paced and personalized learning.

This student-centric approach would allow children to choose their own pace and learning objectives based on individual interests—all of which could be guided by artificial intelligence, chatbots, and video-based learning.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence in education typically focuses on identifying what a student does or doesn’t know, and then subsequently developing a personalized curricula for each student.

The AI-powered language learning platform Duolingo is one of the most downloaded education apps globally, with more than 50 million installs in 2018. The platform single-handedly challenges the notion of traditional learning, with a study showing that spending just 34 hours on the app equates to an entire university semester of language education.

AI-driven applications in education are still in their infancy, but Duolingo’s success demonstrates the growth potential in the sector. In fact, the nascent market for AI in education is expected to reach $6 billion by the year 2025. Over half of this will come from China and the U.S., with China leading globally.


Chatbots are also quickly becoming a fundamental tool in next generation education. Designed to simplify the interaction between student and computer, chatbots provide a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Spaced interval learning: Uses algorithms and repetition to optimize memorization
  • Immediate feedback: Papers can be graded with 92% accuracy and in a faster time than teachers
  • Self-paced learning: Tracks a student’s performance and guides them based on their individual needs

This innovative technology is arming educators with new strategies for more engaged learning, whilst simultaneously reducing their workload.

Video Learning

Although video-based learning may not necessarily be considered as innovative as artificial intelligence or chatbots, 98% of educators view it as a vital component in personalized learning experiences. Most institutions report incorporating video into their curriculums in some way, but even higher demand for video-based learning may come from students in the near future.

This is due to the fact that video learning increases student satisfaction by 91%, and student achievements by 82%, which could be why educators are increasingly using video for tasks like:

  • Providing material for student assignments
  • Giving feedback on assignments
  • Flipped instruction (blended learning) exercises

A flipped classroom overturns conventional learning by focusing on practical content that is delivered online and often outside the classroom.

The Battle Between Traditional and Tech

Flipping classrooms is a trend that has gained momentum in recent years—and may be considered to be a radical change in how students absorb information. The relatively new model also eliminates homework, by empowering students to work collaboratively on their tasks during class time.

Although new models of learning are disrupting the status quo of traditional learning, could the increasing amount of time children spend in front of screens be detrimental?

Research has shown that children are more likely to absorb information from books rather than screens. There has also been an evident increase in low-tech or tech-free schools that believe that human interaction is paramount when it comes to keeping children engaged and excited to learn.

Creating First-Class Humans

Although we may not be in the era of iTeachers just yet, the benefits of technology as teaching aids are undeniable. However, what is more important is that these aids are used in tandem with developmental and educational psychology—ultimately keeping students rather than technology at the core of education.

The future will be about pairing the artificial intelligence of computers with the cognitive, social and emotional capabilities of humans, so that we educate first-class humans, not second-class robots”

—OECD, Trends Shaping Education report

After all, how children develop these skills is perhaps less important than their ability to navigate change, as that is the only thing that will remain constant.

Source:  How Technology is Shaping the Future of Education (


1 Do you think online learning will eventually replace traditional schools and classrooms? 2 In addition to better organizational skills, what do you think can be done to help students avoid plagiarizing? 3 Do you know any famous cases of plagiarism? What happened in those cases?

BLOG 3: Family dynamics changing in 21st century

Blog 3:  Family dynamics changing in 21st century

Published 11:01 pm CT  Nov 14, 2017  /  Updated 12:38 pm  CT Nov 14, 2017

This is the third in a series about 21st century families. 

Q: What are the changes in 21st century families?

A: The information in this article is from the New York Times. The Times article is titled “The Changing American Family.” Researchers who study the evolution of the family are astonished at how fast the family has changed, often surpassing the predictions of these same researchers.

Andrew J. Cherlin, professor of public policy at Johns Hopkins University, states we now have complex families on a scale never seen before. However, Cherlin believes society and families still are undergoing changes and will continue to experience rapid changes.

Researchers who study survey, census and historical data, and conduct field studies of home life, have pinpointed important emerging themes. First, researchers, state families are becoming increasingly socially egalitarian, even though economic disparities widen. Families are more racially, ethnically, religiously diverse than even a half year ago.

Couples cross racial lines, religious differences, gender lines and political party lines. People not biologically related share medical directives, wills and legal adoptions. Single adults live alone and consider themselves a family of one.

Research shows adult singles are more apt than married couples to stay in contact with friends, siblings, parents and neighbors. This is the conclusion of Bella DePaulo, author of “Single Outs.”

Stephanie Coontz, social historian at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, states there are not just more types of living arrangements and families today. Most people will move through different stages of living arrangements over their respective lifetimes.

The historical family of stable married parents living with their children is present in the educated elite but not in the population-at-large. Today, society is divided into haves and have-nots and I do’s and I do nots. Coontz states those in good marriages would not want any other living arrangement. But those persons who would benefit the most from stable marriages are those least likely to have resources to sustain stable marriages.

Americans continue to believe in the value of marriage and the family. Our society marries, divorces, remarries at rates faster than anywhere else in the world. Americans spend $70 billion on weddings a year. In an informal sample of 5 percent Americans with different ages, professions and hometowns, they were asked what came to mind first when they heard the word “family.” Answers were essentially the same: “Love. Kids. Mom. Dinner.” (…)

Source:  Family dynamics changing in 21st century (


1 Do you think society has changed in the way it views the family or whether it considers strong family ties important? Explain your answer. 2 Do you think only children have different personalities than kids with siblings? Give an example. 3 Would you like for stay-at-home dads to become more common in the future? Why? Or Why not? Write your comments!!

Blog 2: EARLY FLIGHT. National Air and Space Exhibitions

Blog 2:  Early Flight . National Air and Space Exhibitions

“An uninterrupted navigable ocean that comes to the threshold of every man’s door, ought not to be neglected as a source of human gratification and advantage.”
—Sir George Cayley, English engineer, 1816

Between the first flights of the Wright brothers in 1903 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the airplane grew from an ancient dream into a reality that would shape the future.

Early Flight uses artifacts like the Lilienthal Glider, 1909 Wright Military Flyer, and the Blériot XI to explore how in one short decade people in America and around the world were pushing boundaries, setting records, participating in air shows, and turning the aircraft into a technology that would create an aerial age.

Source:  Early Flight | National Air and Space Museum (


 1) Why do you think humans are so fascinated with the idea of flight?  2) In what ways do you think air travel will change in the future?  3) Are there any pioneers in other fields that you admire? Give your reasons.  

Blog 1: How to eat less saturated fat

Blog 1:  How to eat less saturated fat

Practical tips to help you eat less fat, including saturated fat.

Eating lots of saturated fat can raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. Saturated fat is found in:

  • butter, ghee, suet, lard, coconut oil and palm oil
  • cakes
  • biscuits
  • fatty cuts of meat
  • sausages
  • bacon
  • cured meats like salami, chorizo and pancetta
  • cheese
  • pastries, such as pies, quiches, sausage rolls and croissants
  • cream, crème fraîche and sour cream
  • ice cream
  • coconut milk and coconut cream
  • milkshakes
  • chocolate and chocolate spreads

UK health guidelines recommend that:

  • the average man aged 19 to 64 years should eat no more than 30g of saturated fat a day
  • the average woman aged 19 to 64 years should eat no more than 20g of saturated fat a day

It’s also recommended that people should reduce their overall fat intake and replace saturated fat with some unsaturated fat, including omega-3 fats.

Tips to eat less fat

To help you cut the total amount of fat in your diet:

  • compare food labels when you shop so you can choose foods that are lower in fat
  • choose lower-fat or reduced-fat dairy products or dairy alternatives
  • grill, bake, poach or steam food rather than frying or roasting
  • measure oil with a teaspoon to control the amount you use, or use an oil spray
  • trim visible fat and take the skin off meat and poultry before cooking it
  • choose leaner cuts of meat that are lower in fat, such as turkey breast and reduced-fat mince
  • make your meat stews and curries go further by adding vegetables and beans
  • try reduced-fat spreads, such as spreads based on olive or sunflower oils

How to cut down on saturated fat

Practical tips to help you specifically cut down on saturated fat:

At the shops

Nutrition labels on the front and back of packaging can help you cut down on saturated fat. Look out for “saturates” or “sat fat” on the label.

High: More than 5g saturates per 100g. May be colour-coded red.

Medium: Between 1.5g and 5g saturates per 100g. May be colour-coded amber.

Low: 1.5g saturates or less per 100g. May be colour-coded green.

This is an example of a label that shows an item is high in saturated fat because the saturates section is colour-coded red.

Aim to choose products with green or amber for saturated fat. There can be a big difference in saturated fat content between similar products.

Choose the food that’s lower in saturated fat. Serving sizes can vary too, so make sure you’re comparing like for like. The easiest way to do this is by looking at the nutritional content per 100g.

At home

Spaghetti bolognese: use a lower-fat mince, as it’s lower in saturated fat. If you are not using lower-fat mince, brown the mince first, then drain off the fat before adding other ingredients. Alternatively, mix meat mince with a meat-free mince alternative.

Pizza: choose a lower-fat topping, such as vegetables, chicken, tuna and other seafood instead of extra cheese or cured meats like pepperoni, salami and bacon.

Fish pie: use reduced-fat spread and 1% fat milk to reduce the fat in the mash and sauce.

Chilli: use lower-fat mince or mix in a meat-free mince alternative. Or, make a vegetarian chilli using mixed beans, some lentils and vegetables. Beans and lentils can count towards your 5 A Day, too.

Chips: choose thick, straight-cut chips instead of french fries or crinkle-cut to reduce the surface area exposed to fat. If you’re making your own, cook them in the oven with a little sunflower oil and the skins on, rather than deep frying.

Potatoes: make your roast potatoes healthier by cutting them into larger pieces than usual and using just a little sunflower or olive oil.

Mashed potato: use reduced-fat spread instead of butter, and 1% fat milk or skimmed milk instead of whole or semi-skimmed milk.

Chicken: go for leaner cuts, such as chicken breast. Before you eat it, take the skin off to reduce the saturated fat content.

Bacon: choose back bacon instead of streaky bacon, which contains more fat. Grill instead of frying.

Eggs: prepare eggs without oil or butter. Poach, boil or dry fry your eggs.

Pasta: try a tomato-based sauce on your pasta. It’s lower in saturated fat than a creamy or cheesy sauce.

Milk: use 1% fat milk on your cereal and in hot drinks. It has about half the saturated fat of semi-skimmed.

Cheese: when using cheese to flavour a dish or sauce, try a strong-tasting cheese, such as reduced-fat mature cheddar, as you’ll need less. Make cheese go further by grating instead of slicing it.

Yoghurt: choose a lower-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt. There can be a big difference between different products. (…)

Source:  How to eat less saturated fat – NHS – NHS (

1)Do you think that people in our country eat generally healthy? 
2)Would you consider that Peruvians eat a balanced diet?  Explain 3)What about your diet? Do you exercise? Would you follow the tips mentioned in this article? Why? 4) Do you think the idea of health and fitness is different from culture to culture? Why, or why not? 5)If you worked for the government, how would you encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle? WRITE YOUR COMMENTS AND PARTICIPATE!


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