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simulated? Whether for a history lesson on the French Revolution or for a physics class on the laws of gravity, virtual and augmented reality are long-awaited classroom solutions. Te power of visualisation and

interactivity are indispensable when it comes to teaching and learning abstract notions, which is why an opportunity to use virtual reality in order to charge with Napoleon’s battalions and walk on the surface of the moon is an opportunity that cannot be missed.

Artificial intelligence

All of which comes down to what educators seem to dread the most, and what will completely transform the schools of tomorrow in the best possible way – the rise of artificial intelligence.4 Tough everywhere around, AI

somehow continues to puzzle us. What most people don’t understand is that non-human intuition is the very thing that helps them locate the nearest fast-food chain every time they ask Siri, and the very advanced algorithm that connects them with their primary school friends on Facebook. It already assists almost every industry

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and aspect of our lives, which is why education’s stance on artificial intelligence seems quite inexplicable. Tere’s no doubt that artificial

intelligence will find its way to schools and classrooms sooner rather than later. Custom-tailored lessons that we’ve mentioned before are one of the possible applications of AI in the classroom. Deep learning systems can provide valuable insight into individual learning styles and social contexts, and help us improve teaching methods, materials and resources even further. Furthermore, artificial intelligence

will enrich our opportunities for knowledge process outsourcing,5 remote education and a global classroom that everyone will be able to access. Trough intercon- nectedness, knowledge will finally become free and available to anyone, the way it always should be. Finally, emerging technologies

will hopefully break boundaries that separate different study fields and teach our children to learn in brackets; only when that happens will learning become a never-ending, active process that doesn’t segment

knowledge, but selects and connects information. It’s a first step towards actionable knowledge that implies both versatility and functionality and knows no physical limits. Te possibilities truly are inex-

haustible, which is a great thing – as generations continue to change, and our digitally-native children grow up to replace those who’ve thought and tutored them on their way to adulthood, education will no longer stay immune to emerging technologies. Luckily, that change has already started, which is why connectivity, virtual reality and artificial intelligence will doubtlessly be the hallmarks of learning in the future.

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