that in 10 years it is predicted that blackboards, cds, desks, reports and traditional grade classes will be obsolete in schools?
That means that by the time your prep child is considering VCE, or your grade 6 child finishes university and thinks about beginning a career, schools and universities could be completely unrecognisable! What will classrooms look like? What will going to school actually mean? Who will teach your child? Will teachers be trained in the same way using the same theories? Who will be their classmates?
Last week I mentioned that we are likely to see technology grow at an unprecedented, almost immeasurable, rate. Schools haven't traditionally moved as fast as society when it comes to technology. We have to wait and assess the challeges and weigh up the benefits before we jump in to using a technology. We have never, ever had technology made for us. Teachers borrow what's out there and they use their professional knowledge to see the possiblities for learning. Everything we use, technology-wise, in school today was made for some else: either for big business or corporations or for people to interact or to support people's hobbies and interests. At Laburnum, we are getting really good at seeing the potential in technologies. We have students in Grade 1 talking about social networking and how to be safe: we have Grade 6s creating stop motion projects to explore the challenges of bullying and self-esteem: we have Grade 5s using collaborative sites, like wikis, to learn from each other and to give and receive feedback. Our school offers a range of technological opportunities for learning. But what's next? As society changes, and as education changes, we have to keep looking at what’s out there and ensuring that Laburnum renews software and hardware resources and continues to improve student access!
Last week I began with a comment about the top jobs today not having existed in 2004. The statement was made by the US Secretary of Education Riley. He goes on to say:
“Rather than focusing on specific technologies or specific problems, we need to equip students with those concepts that are common to all problems, all technologies, all skills, ranging from workplace engineering to ethics to entrepreneurship.”
That’s our challenge!