Emma and Naut get picked up in a hydrogen self-driven car. Although they live quite far from their learning hub they always arrive on time. There are no traffic jams.

This hub is no longer remotely resembling the school their parents sometimes tell about. It is universal.

The ‘building’ has cosy corners, amphitheater, restaurant, rooms looking a bit like a classroom are built on the outside, beanbags, a garden … 

Solar panels, rainwater collector, thousands of mini windmills on the roof catch wind and turn when it rains. This is how this hub is self-sufficient.

They needn’t go to the learning hub every day as of the age of 12. Only on planned days and their few fixed days. 

Teleworking is the norm for their parents as they are knowledge workers like so many others.

Emma and Naut come together with their peers or other pupils to consult together, get extra instruction, ask questions work on projects together.

The other days they follow their personal learning path at home. From there they are also connected with other pupils and teachers. The latter are holographic avatars.

The technology has evolved enormously. Wearables are widespread and are inherently part of daily life.

Throughout the generations, the addictive use of all kinds of devices has made way for interesting add-ons. The use of technology has moved from addiction to facilitator.

The web has also undergone a transformation where self-built filters give the information a certain authority. Making a resilient attitude towards information sources and critically assessing information have become top skills.

Emma and Naut are no longer ‘classified’ according to date of birth but are ‘assigned’ to competence groups in which personalized learning is the norm. For some activities they’re in the peer group.

Testing and reporting have a different function and form: they are no longer ‘checkout moments’ but polls for learning impact and learning gain.

Emma and Naut choose themselves when they feel ready for that survey moment. From there, their learning path is highly personalized. That is why their learning engagement is 100%. 

The human touch is and remains extremely important.

Nobody doubts the importance of the teacher. He is highly appreciated in the new society. He gets the best out of every pupil, not from conformity but from diversity.

Problem-solving thinking is highly regarded. Emma and Naut realize this fully.

The top students become teachers in the learning hub no matter what age they are. Their main goal is to place learning in the hands of the learner.

Both learn stress-free and feel extremely well in their learning situation. They know the learning hub prepares them for solving problems that are not yet a problem.

With a push on their digiwatch the self-driving car comes to pick them up.

As they drive home, they contact their parents on a wide screen and talk about their ‘learning day’.

Once home Naut plays the guitar and Emma goes cycling.

This is the year 2038.


Karel Overlaet is a family man, Senior Business Development Manager, creator of bingel (European market leading e-learning platform), owner of Medianaut, chairman Varen voor Autisme vzw (npo), nautical journalist and photographer, passionate about RIBs. karel@medianaut.be – Berchem – Belgium

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