After watching the four videos from the required reading this week, a question kept popping up in my head. How can a teacher adequately prepare his/her students for the future while “65 percent of children entering school today may end up in jobs that have not yet been invented [according to the World Economic Forum the Future of jobs report], “ as explained by Pavan Arora, at TEDxFoggyBottom. Such preparation for the future becomes even more complex, knowing that currently it’s expected that our “human knowledge doubles every 1 to 2 years.” Do students need to memorize all required knowledge during class (which was the way I was taught)? It is almost impossible nowadays for anyone to store in their memories such a significant amount of knowledge, while there is no limitation to the number of resources that knowledge can be retrieved from.
Teachers should try to create Innovative learning environments that lead to lifelong learning skills. It is essential to teach our students skills such as problem-solving, innovation, creative thinking, entrepreneurship, foundational skills and collaboration in today’s classrooms. The idea is to teach students the methods and techniques to learn the knowledge required to serve their interests and motivations and to achieve their goals. Teachers need to meet the needs of students by combining different teaching and pedagogy strategies. It is essential to not only teach students how to use contemporary technology but also to teach them how to learn to use futuristic technologies on their own.
Technological change is making it easier than ever for students to create their own lifelong learning experience. Therefore, we need first to give them access to relevant content sources. Second, teach them how to find, filter, summarize pieces of information and how to apply those to their day to day activities. These features will enable students to have significant control over their learning experience as they will be able to create their own learning environment and vision according to their interests, motivations and emotions. In trying to answer the question: Does technology change the nature of knowledge? Tony Bates states that “It is equally important also to enable students to develop the ability to know how to find, analyze, organize and apply information/content within their professional and personal activities, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to be flexible and adaptable in developing new knowledge and skills. “Michael Wesch seconds this in his TEDxKC
“I do not need to know everything, but when I need to know it, I need to know where to find it.” It has never been easier to access the experts and specialists in any given field. The considerable advancement in technology-enabled us to collaborate and share information. With Web 2.0 / Social Networks, we switched from being only users of technology to be contributors to knowledge. Social & collaborative learning through building our learning network makes engagement central. I experienced this in the ECI 831 class when we all collaborated to create a presentation using google slides. I enjoyed the process and felt in only 15 minutes the class was able to brainstorm together and create informative slides.
However, with all of these calls for collaboration and building our own learning network, personal information will remain an issue and concern for both parents and teachers. The main method to minimize this issue is to educate students on how to use social media wisely. Teach them how they can safely build their digital citizenship; this will save them of many problems that they can face in the future.
Students have to learn to ask themselves many questions when trying to access any Web 2.0/ social media platform. Questions like; who will access their data? How will data be collected? Where will this data be stored? Will their data be shared with another 3rd party? What data should be provided, and what should not? Eventually, they will be able to make the right choices while creating their digital citizenship. Having appropriate policies to control the shared data is another important aspect. Daniel, in his blog, mentioned very good initiatives and mechanisms by the European Union that give anyone the control to erase their online profile. I think it is about time to have similar rules and policies in our country.