Don’t be scared! The advance of robotics is not turning out to be the Terminator-like experience of the movies: Schools still exist and they are not teaching our kids how to protect themselves from the Arnold Schwarzenegger type androids prophesied in The Rise of the Machines. The dystopian nightmare scenario is not how things are playing out at all. In fact, the future is looking pretty good for humankind’s collaboration with Artificial Intelligence. In saying that, it would be foolish to entirely ignore the cautionary tales contained in Isaac Asimov’s: I, Robot. Why we see so many Popplets about Online Safety, maybe.
We know all about our bright digital future because of the increasing number of popplets that we see featuring Automation, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and society’s ever-widening use of new technologies. This is the future – no doubt!
So, are you ready for the future as glimpsed on Popplet? – Engage!
Summer vacation in some places is coming to an end, and educators, parents, and students are looking forward to a fresh academic year: new classes, new friends, new subjects. They will also be researching which apps and technology to put in their classrooms, homes and digital backpacks.
Deciding on which new digital technologies to use or purchase can be daunting because of the vast number of educational apps on the market. However, if you’re looking for a seasoned, tried-and-tested, all-rounder app for all subjects, then keep it simple. Popplet is one of the most versatile and useful tools available to educators and learners and it continues proving itself as the go-to app for any subject:
Literacy – reading and writing skills
Numeracy – simple and complex activities
Science – Chemistry, Physics, Biology…
The Environment – pollution, environmental change
Technology, Computing, Robotics and Automation
History – timelines, historical events and profiles
Such is the rate at which computing, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies are impacting on our everyday lives, that the utopian vision of a digitally dominant future is becoming increasingly opaque. Will human society collapse into dystopian nightmare, a popular outcome in TV and film: Terminator, Blade Runner, The Hunger Games… or shall we ascend to our nobler, higher collective consciousness and create the egalitarian, moneyless society of Star Trek’s Federation?
The future is definitely uncertain, but fortunately what we do in the present can and will affect positive change! One of the effects of the advancement of new technologies that we are seeing in education is that subjects such as Technology, Computing, and Automation and Robotics are moving ever nearer towards curriculum center stage. These subjects are naturally and rightfully attracting higher numbers of students as their importance in shaping our society’s future has well and truly shifted from the realm of science fiction to that of science fact.
Popplet is proud to be a part of that shift. Here are some examples of how Popplet is being used to teach these rapidly emerging sciences.