Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Down the 21st Century Rabbit Hole

One thing that frustrates me beyond belief is that we continue to talk about 21st century skills in the year 2016.  We talk about how to prepare our students for 2020.   Ladies and gentlemen, that is 4 years away!

Who remembers this video from 2010:

That was 6 years ago!  Will these innovations exist in the next 4 years?  Probably not.  But the vision will remain.  

We are consistently witnessing major breakthroughs in technology that are changing and shifting our environments.  Devices keep getting smarter.  The world is changing.  Unfortunately, a majority of classrooms still look like this:
Kansai University, Japan, School, Classroom, Inside

Meanwhile the most innovative offices in the world look like this:

Chartboost HQ in San Francisco complete with a dedicated game room with ball pit and giant lego wall

How much farther along would we be if schools became incubators of innovation?  Students don't need to memorize and regurgitate facts.  There's this thing out there called Google.  Need to fix something - go look on YouTube.  

I'm not throwing the baby out with the bath water here.  We need to know the facts that make our world operate in order to dream - but how does worksheet after worksheet make that happen?!

We need to re-think education.  We need to re-think our way of thinking.  We need to remember what it was like to be a kid.  We need to find ways to encourage that kind of creativity in collaborative ways that does not stifle or inhibit forward thinking.  The potential is there.  How will we bring it to the forefront and continue to prepare students for a world that we can only dream of today? 

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