Education is the root cause of all success in the modern world and it is also a frequently changing and self-renewing subject in itself. In the digital age of things, educational paradigm is also evolving to better raise and educate the upcoming generations of executives, politicians, scientists,researchers and even essay writers in an environment where it is becoming increasingly important to pay attention to changes in the system to pursue and attain success in it. In today’s world, changing educational paradigm creates innovative societies and no individual cannot afford to remain outside of such change.
Real-life involvement is one of the pioneering developments in the educational paradigm and it has already begun to find itself some space in the educational system. John Hanc for The New York Times reports that the City-as-School project in New York City provides its students with the opportunity to “see the city as their curriculum” while imagining themselves in “various and glamorous-sounding professional settings.” In this extraordinary school, 600 students spend only two days studying in the traditional school environment at the Greenwich Village campus, while spending the remaining three days at various different organizations to receive supervision by the organizations’ employees to prepare themselves for the perks of working/business life. It is therefore no wonder that a famous sign over at the school’s Mayfield Innovation Center echoes a quote by Thomas Edison that reads “There is a way to do it better. Find it.” Real life knows no preset boundaries or limitations and neither should real education.
However, mental attitudes and innovation only come so far in meeting the demand for better education: technological improvements are also a necessity. Leslie Renken for The Washington Times Reporter reports how the Enduvo Virtual Reality software has the possibility to completely renovate and re-design the educational paradigm because it demonstrates every related material in virtually every academic subject in three dimensional reality. Being a part of the ARCHES endowment project at University of Illinois’s College of Medicine at Peoria, one particular sub-category of this project attracts immediate attention: the 3D printed hearts with medical scans from actual patients. While this tool makes it possible for doctors to study a patient’s anatomy with ease before allowing them into surgery, it also decreases uncertainty regarding complex problems. The large scale 3D projections of such patients make it a lot easier for doctors to visualize their anatomy to understand the root causes of complications and adjust their surgical plans in accordance. Of course, students of such doctors also learn about the subject matter a lot more profoundly,enjoying a full room size of the human heart based on real patients with real problems.
Nick Davis for BBC approaches the subject from a different perspective, exemplifying how students in Jamaica use the online system Edufocal to compete with one another in a game like environment before taking the GSAT tests to continue their educational careers. Being used by thousands of students all across the island-nation, the system makes personal recommendations about students’ need to study for specific subjects and materials to help them focus on their weaknesses.Thanks to its data-based structure, the system rarely misses any opportunity to identify and target problematic areas of the Jamaican educational system and is being seriously considered by policy makers in other neighboring English-speaking Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Barbados and West-African nations such as Ghana. It has become a new educational paradigm to utilize Edufocal’s approach for motivating and helping students in Jamaica, which identifies new possibilities for other nations not only in the developing world but also in parts of the developed world.Unfortunately,there are still areas of the Brave New World where the authorities have not been able to provide the necessary motivation or capabilities to increase efficiency and participation rates for education and systems such as Edufocal might help striving students achieve more.