FUTURE VISION OF
Future Vision of
Course: 505.9: Future of Education
Instructor: Jennifer Wojcik
Future Vision of Education
As the title states, t
ation is about the future
based on the
study of presented projects and trends, futurists’ statements, rules and regulations
, among other important sources.
Technology is on
e of the main topics this
presentation will address because
has demonstrated that it is an important instrument
society benefits from.
education, but other fields such as economics, politics,
science, and so many others have used techno
logy to improve
and meet their expectations.
progress has grown rapidly, and it promises to continue in that direction.
The Florida Education Association
was founded in
886 as the first professional
educators’ organization, later known as the teachers’ union.
is a non
organization formed in 2000 by the union of two education associations, The Florida Teaching
NEA and FEA/United.
organization has continue
d developing and updating
standards to provide academic excellence to
Florida educators are i
lementing new standards, whose
n purpose is
school with a deeper knowledge
college or for the workforce.
Department of Education states, “The Common Core State Standards
written and developed by professional educators and education experts from across the United
States” (Florida Department of Education, Common Core State Standards, para.1).
ciation has informed and assisted
through online seminars, trainings,
such as Share My Lessons,
new digital platform for teachers, to create and share
experiences, ideas, lessons plans with effective instru
ns, worksheets, among other thi
This website facilitates
to assist and support teachers with the implementation of the
Common Core State Standards.
is a great source to consider.
tablets with innumerable free application
not only to reinforce
n, but helps those
affects their learning process. F
Android application that enables visual
paired students to learn math.
Laptops, smart boards
for interactive activities, game
s and gami
fication, among other
technology tools should be
accessible in the classrooms to fa
Florida Education Association
is a great source for teachers and students to be informed, trained
, and prepared to meet
(Fl Department of Education: Tools for teachers, 2010).
This organization also serves students in
colleges, universities, and
Colleges whose fut
ure is in the education field.
Florida Education Association (SFEA)
have access to all information and resources available to support their bright and
. “SFEA is open to any college student that is interested in the education field.
We foster the teaching skills of all students through our three core values of Teacher Quality,
Community Outreach, and Political Action” (SFEA, 2013). Florida Education Association not
only serves teachers, students, but paraprofessionals, custodians, b
us drivers, food service
personnel, securities, secretaries, and so many others who protect, guide, and provide students
e and appropriate environment.
They are essential partners in the education process.
nce Scale (WAIT) is a
historical event highly significant at the
time it was created and directl
ed to the current time
ler, who led American Psychological Association
This test, designed to measure
elligence, was used in individuals over 74 years of age.
Later in 1949, the Wechsler
Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) was created, based on
WAIT test, to measure
intelligence in children aged 7 to 16. Years later (1967), the Wechsler Preschool
Scale Intelligence (WPPSI) appeared, this time to be use
with children aged 2½ to 7 years old.
based his tests on his belief
intelligence is the global capacity to act purposefully,
to think rationally, and to deal effectively
with [one's] environment" (Wechsler, 1944, p. 3, as
cited in Kaufman & Lichtenberger, 1999).
He defined intelligence as an effect rather than a
The WISC has been revised throughout the years
by updating norms,
to the questions.
The current version, WISC
IV, produced in
d revised a year later,
is a great tool used to determinate if
learning disability is present
which is based on the child’s IQ score
on the tests.
The test allows
one to det
discrepancies between a child’s intelligence and performance at school. These tests provide a
Quotient (I.Q.) score, a Performance I.Q. score, and a Composite score based
on the combined scores.
Five Years Vision
vision of FEA i
n five years differs from now in a very positive way due to all
changes, innovations, content modifications, and strategies that will be created to meet our
students’ and the new generations’ ex
pectations of the modern world.
demonstrated that it is
rtant instrument in our society
applicable not only in education,
but most fields.
Change is happening;
we are experiencing the process.
To predict or visualize
the FEA in five years
will be created
Von Reibnitz (1988, 1992), Schwab, Cerutti and Von Reibnitz (2003) scenario type, defined as
“A scenario approach involves developing future environment situations (scenarios) and
describing the path from any given present to these future situations” (p.
A goal: To pursue a higher education, participate in training and
development, and i
ncorporate the most
that is possible
Influence, analysis: Request necessary materials that help meet my goal, involving
Projections: Raise funds following the school and district requirements and also analyze
previous experiences and ideas.
Clustering alternatives: Participate in professional developments and trainings. If
classroom coverage is not provi
ded, then find and register for courses available online.
Scenario interpretation, development, visualization: Put in practice all content learned
incorporating high technology for learning, teaching, and exchanging experiences with
workers. I will train colleagues if necessary, so all students will benefit
accessible technology in classrooms and schools.
Consequence analysis (opportunities, risks, action): Have a plan B created that will not
affect my goal or my futuring. Other scenarios will be accessible to decrease risks, take
the opportunities whe
n presented, and make good decisions.
Analysis of disruptive events, wild cards: If professional developments, trainings, and
technology tools are not available, that is why clustering alternative
Therefore, I would educate myself by accessi
ng online courses that best address my
interests and expectations.
Developing core strategies, monitoring system: Future scenarios will be considered using
this present as the past, the next coming years as the present and develop
enarios in order to let the best future happen.
provided with technology too
ls permit students and teachers
access to online
environments, software, e
and virtual technology
Teachers will be trained to gain the
logy skills to incorporate
technology in the lessons enabling students to access
instruction through this powerful source.
Why Classrooms should be presented in this Way
on students’ learning.
primary setting to deliver
new modern world.
Technology has revolutionized, guided, and impacted our society.
Incorporating technology in
our classrooms, at all educational levels,
should be a priority.
multimedia, internet, space exploration, industrialization,
available today. Based on all changes our
society has experienced
and the present, future scena
rios should be created to respond diverse point of views, possible,
and expected experiences.
Goal and Scenarios
ng higher education, participating
in professional develop
ment, trainings, and
the most technology possible in the classro
is the goal for
five years from now.
To master the goal, a plan is crucial due to all factors that could intervene or affect the process.
Ute von Reibnitz
argues that, “the ability to create different futures allows planners to
deal with scenarios that fall between two extremes
efuse the way
our world advance
become familiar with
Creating future scenarios to
ready for expected and unexpected situations could help decrease risks, take the opportuniti
when presented, and make better
First, participation in educational trainings and pursuing a higher education are essential
aspects to take into
Professional development and trainings are mostly provided
during school hours. Unfortunately funds for temporary instructors are not always available,
affecting teachers’ participation.
Alternative strategies should be considered such a
courses, webinars, and professional developments available in the evenings or during the
Second is the budget
a difficult topic t
Considering all the damage the
economy has faced during the last years, schools’ budget
s’ limitations are understandable.
Alternate choices such as fundraisings, grants, and donations could be considere
d while creating
Review fundraising ideas from past years and consider the most updated rules and
requirements approved for fundraising purposes.
is technology, a pri
ority in all scenarios. Providing
classrooms with the
highest technology tools
a modified curriculum based on current needs and
future scenarios. Sharing teach
ers’ experiences and ideas, no
forgetting about the basic learning
skills that will
always benefit our students no
matter how o
r what the future brings. Schools
safety skills, m
anners, politeness, and
other basic skills using technology to deliver
Students’ learning style
changed tremendously due to the advanced technology.
about “new apps”, social media, text messages, g
ames, and so many other topics.
Technologies such as games and gamification are well accepted.
NMC Horizon R
states, “Furthermore, educational game play has proven to increase soft skills in learners, such as
critical thinking, creative proble
solving, and teamwork.
This idea is the basis of the
relationship between games and
udents play online
The Smart B
oard is another tool that encourages students’
interactive participation with the content.
blets follow lessons, reinforce new content
learning with innumerable applications of their choo
sing. Wearable technology is a
powerful tool to assi
st students with communication, sensory and vision
Changes in Education
Changes in education are happening and technology has become an important resource to
improve and de
velop education’s expectations.
Schools policies are changing regarding mob
devices’ accessibility. According to the
New Media Consortium
, “The power of apps,
coupled with the portability of mobile devices, is causing many schools to take another look at
regarding mobile devices”
. A great response to
this concern, followed by surveys
and studies, is the program BYOD.
and other mobile computing devices
are more accessible
’ prices have decreased considerably due to their usefulness and positive impact not
n education, but in most arenas.
The increased demand of technologies have been created
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program
students to access academic content through
their own devices.
The Internet permits
all over the world.
Surveys results demonstrate
that online courses permit students to control their own
learning, receive extra help, have access to more courses, access content at any time, and fit
schedules (Blackboard K
12 & Proj
ect Tomorrow, 2009).
Teachers’ opinions vary based on
their online teaching experiences. Teachers with online teaching experiences state that online
learning improves students’ understanding, provides more personalized attention, encourages
students to be more self
and facilitates communication among students and educators
12 & Project Tomorrow, 2009)
Technology implementation is crucial to offer
line learning as well
as trained teachers.
Web 2.0 and learning environments, wikis, and blogs are mobi
le technologies that could
be incorporated into lessons and have awesome potential. These mobile technologies how
people communicate, access information, navigate research sources, produce information and
learn. Digital information is different
is written on paper.
It could be in more than
one place at a time; students and everyday people produce information and media, and people
can work together to increase information.
Budgetary Process in the States
Social redistribution programs and elect
oral restrictions on state revenue collections
during the budgetary process.
Legal rules and regulations for classroom
expenditures and allocation of resources limit state legislators’ ability to respond to citizen
mands (Wong & Lan
States’ educational programs
should focus on the need to
modify the public school system. Political leaders just need to take action, and consider a policy
reform to reduce the negative impact of
education financial litigation
to modify rules and regulations, taking in consideration all the changes and transformations
education is going through.
Wong and Langevin
list citizen ideology and public opinion as some of the
reasons why state lawmakers and local school boards differ in their respon
sibility for public
Adopting charter schools is a political interpretation of a new reform due to the lower
rooms expenditures, the lower teacher
student ratio, and education financial litigation.
Political parties have considerable influence in the policy process. According to Wong and
Langevin (2007), “The risk ratio for state adoption of a charter school la
w is nearly three times
Republican governors compared to Democratic officeholders, suggesting the
political beliefs and policy preferences of state executive leaders shape the legislative
consideration of charter schools as a reform strategy”
(p.462 ). Considering all the information
above, states could prefer the adoption of charter schools legislation rather than public schools.
Charters schools are an alternative, a policy expansion of school choice. Politics and economic
considerably in policy changes.
Taking action is an excellent
answer to all the obstacles the
public school system has
the past years. B
ideas, being united, and involving our parents, local
leaders, and community membe
rs in the comm
itment to ensure
uccess of students.
professionals for a successful implementation of high standards, incorporating technology as an
excellent mediator b
etween learners and content.
as well to
let the best future happens
The National Education Association
supports the Raise
Hand initiative to help our public schools system succeed in the intent
to preserve one of the beauties our country treasures: public school
must have equal
meaningful educational opportunity that prepares them to think critically, solve problems, and
attain global competence”
Considering Futuring as an important method to develop strategies and alternate choices
as well as good ideas and pro
grams to benefit students’ achievement standards and accessibility
(BYOD) are important sources to build the transition and let the better future happen.
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