This post started a while ago, when a few observations around 21st century learning began to align around the question of the why. There are many great posts to support changing our educational system from the 18th/19th century institutional model to a more flexible, personalized and individual system of learning beyond traditional boundaries, but isn’t one of those posts.
I began wondering whether we are trying to have students prepared for a future that we want, instead of the future they want as I saw some of the amazing work around assessment, reporting, maker spaces, genius time and project based learning, to name just a fraction of the great work bring shared through Twitter, GooglePlus, and other social media platforms.
Educators are sharing their trials around imprvng student learning in the ‘echo chamber’ of social media, which can be very supportive for trying new things in the classroom. It can also create great conversations around different ways of doing things to improve student learning. We can’t teach our students as if they will be working in the last century.
But we have been talking about this for some time now.
So, perhaps we should be thinking about how we prepare our students for their future. What does that future look like? We need to remember that students will be in the trades, businesses, academics and technology professions. By ficus sing solely on technology, we are ignoring the vast areas of professions where skills around collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving are so important.
Let me know your thoughts, please.