The Future of Schools

#UKEdChat session 501 - Many aspects of school life has remained unchanged for over a century. Yet we are in a period when change is accelerating exponentially driven by wider changes in society, in technology, and the interface between the two.

While you are unlikely to have robotic pupils or replace your photocopying with direct neural downloads in the near term, advances in AI and the prevalence of the web are creeping into the classroom. Writing at a time when we are currently in COVID-19 lockdown, many of us may have been surprised how much of the usual face-to-face experience we are able to offer using digital tools while teaching and learning at a distance.

Niels Bohr once said “it is difficult to predict, especially the future”, we invite you to imagine the short-, medium- and long-term future of learning and schools.

In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 30th April 2020 at 8pm (UK) we discussed the future of the school as a physical building, how the role of the teacher will continue to evolve, and how you see technology changing the learning experience in the future.


  1. What do you think have been the biggest changes to the classroom learning experience in the past 5 years?
  2. Will technology revolutionise teaching and learning, or is it over-hyped?
  3. What new technology is exciting you because of its possible impact learning?
  4. What might learning look like in 25 years and how will the role of the teacher change?
  5. Do you think that a physical school building will survive in the long-term? Why?
  6. What might learning look like in 50 years?
  7. Far in the future, will there always be teachers?
  8. What do you think will never change in learning and education?

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