The Future Of Learning: Projection Of Learning In 2035

By | November 10, 2016


  • Introduction
  • The history of learning
  • Future employment projection
  • Provocation I

                What knowledge and skills should a child has acquired by the age of 12 and how do we evidence it?

  • Provocation II

How will children acquire their knowledge and skills?

  • Provocation III

Projection 20 years into the future of school and how would they look like?

  • Conclusion



A consideration to a rapid global change that may be affecting almost every aspect and sector around us leading to either a total replacement of existing styles or a major development to accessible functions. From this prospective, a projection of education environment might be under the scope of knowledge acquisition, skills development, schools infrastructure and education systems, which are all subject to this alteration in the future. Yet, it is may be important to align education with employment, economic and political demands for effective deployment of future learner   .To demonstrate some of these projections, observations to some basic elements of education were considered in this text.

To understand how we would project the future of learning it is important to understand both how expert subject matters see the existing education system and the big picture of the anticipated learning future to form the base ground for a reasonable projection.


  1. Stephen Heppell, a Professor at Bournemouth University
  2. Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University.
  3. Seth Godin, entrepreneur, author and public figure.


And many other great minds thinkers included in the following video



On the other hand, we need to see through the eyes of a 12 years old, and understand how do they anticipate  the future of schools and learning as well.


The History Of Learning

Created by SMART Technologies EMEA (Education) , This video is outlining the history timeline of education development from 30,000 B.CE until 2000 AD




Future employment projection

Some occupation may continue and prosper in the future; others may be altered, dissolved or replaced by technology. So for that, we need to bare this in mind when projecting the future of learning .

A study by US Department of labor has revealed a projection of fastest growing occupations and the accreditation needed for them between 2014 until 2024.


Provocation I

What knowledge and skills should a child has acquired by the age of 12 and how do we evidence it?

Children learn by themselves from the first day after they were born. They adopt, imitate, experience and explore, but they rarely memories. Then, adults interfere and put barriers and protocols for them to follow. If we provide the same learning environment through primary school, we might be we would be able to see magic progress. Yet, outlining what future children need to have is our responsibility to prepare them for the future. In the following I will increase my focus on developing their skills, as it’s the key in knowledge scaffolding. Reconsidering traditional education may lead to restructuring the future of learning environment.

1. Knowledge

Basic STEM + L:

Basic science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and literacy are what our children need to acquire by the age of 12 years. International Technology Education Association (ITEA) founded STEM between 2000 and 2004.

Further more literacy is the media where those children will communicate, comprehend and respond within the cycle of education and throw out social, employment and entrepreneurship life.

2. Skills for 12 years old

These skills can be tailored and customize to primary education as it is might be applied in different journa.


a) Basic life survival skills

This can be introduced using some of the Environmental and Sustainability Education

  • Environment learning and exploring
  • Examine and find answers to some environmental problems
  • Create an awareness of caring and concerning for the environment
  • Protect the environment attitude building


There is an existing example of similar approach in the UK. Some educational institutes are applying the “forest schools” as an extra curriculum activity.

b) Social interaction skills

Gwen Dewar (2015) on  “Social skills activities for children and teens” noted “We want our children to succeed in the social world–to learn how to cooperate, make friends, and negotiate conflicts. We want them to develop strong perspective-taking skills, and treat other people with fairness and compassion”

c) Creative thinking and Innovative skills

Miriam Clifford (2012) on  “30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity”documented the importance of creative and innovative skills for primary education, and listed a number of activities on how to promote and motivate these skills

d) Problem solving and developing thinking

e) Change management skills

Every now and then a newly developed approach is being produced. Different sectors and social interaction levels are influenced by it. Whether it is personal or business change, children need to develop a change management skill to cope with them in order to be part of the future.


3. Evidence of acquisition of knowledge and skills

No need to know how much knowledge a person has, but how much he/she can do with it.

Ability to perform and apply his knowledge using an array or even one of documented method that is suitable for appropriate demonstrations of acquired knowledge such as

i) Written documents

ii) Presentation

iii) Portfolio

iv) Video, audio

v) Project base assessment


Provocation II

How will children acquire their knowledge and skills?

1. Teaching and learning

A variety  of methods can be applied in regards of  knowledge delivery and skills development:

2. Technology

A combination of or one of these technical solutions could be applied in the schools of tomorrow, for instance hybrid teaching technology, social media, MOOCs, rich media eBooks.

3. Blended Learning environment

These learning environments are where the educators and learners facilitate learning by using to technology as a knowledge scaffolding tool.


Provocation III

Projection 20 years into the future of school and how would they look like?

1. Infrastructure

a) Open spaces 3d printed building

As this approach is applicable now a day, it has some reputation of being both reliable and cost effective.


b) Environmental friendly electrical powered facilities

c) Sophisticated Virtual Learning Environment (SVLE)

Webinars or web conference application, 3d hologram projections enabling virtual telepresence .

For example Microsoft classroom vision and Huawei Enterprise e classroom

i) Microsoft classroom vision


ii) Huawei Enterprise vision


e) Flexible exploring area stations.

Some areas will be used as multifunctional facilities to serve different school subjects and project. Others will be used as labs, workshops for vocational education.

f) Satellite Internet connectivity instead of ground cable or ground fibber optics connectors.

2. Recourses

  • Digital and online knowledge resources
  • Human educators, future technology and/or humanoid robots (e.g. Jibo – Pepper – Buddy – beam project)








Beam Project


3. Education system

Unpredictable whether it is going to continue to be  fully controlled by governments and policy makers represented as state and privet school or it is going to change totally.


Technology is not expensive as it used to be

Technology may have a reputation of being expensive. If we examine this assumption with what we have today against what was applied before in the past, we would see free and cheap technologies coming in use delivering a high end compatibility usage which is applicable even to be applied in the developing words. Building a computer using Raspberry PI cost less than a meal in a restaurant is an example of how we can have technology for less.



This projection explored some expert views, history of education, future employment predictions. Further more, brief answers to the three-provocation question were given to generate the answer for the big question about the “Future of Learning”. Whether this projection is heading for a reality implementation or not, future is hard to predict.

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