We live in a time where the workforce is changing, the world is constantly growing smaller and technology is reinventing itself and adapting at great speed. Environmental issues are prevalent and global community is the essence of becoming a well-rounded citizen. Teaching and learning today and in the future must take on the challenges that this scenario presents. We are essentially equipping future generations to engage in careers that we cannot predict but all signs point to greater interconnectedness with our world.
So what is our roll in their future? Engaging our students, encouraging them to be actively and deeply involved in the learning process is an essential element. Making learning fun and exciting by giving opportunities to interact with real life situations will not only give them a good foundation but will also give them a confidence to tackle problems. My vision for the future is that as we head towards closer relationships with people from around the world, where we all have a part to play in looking after physical and human resources, teachers must encourage enthusiastic, confident technology savvy citizens to become responsible citizens.
Into the future.
Literacy in the classroom has taken on a whole new meaning. We no longer just pick up a book to learn. Reading skills are still top priority, but what does the future hold for the development of reading? Electronic books give students endless amounts of information, alongside the main text. Mobile devises and applications allow reading and interaction through 3D imagery, help us practice our research skills, take notes and interact with others from other parts of the world. According to the Horizon report of 2010, 80% of people will be accessing the internet through a mobile device by 2015. International schools play a big part in this ongoing revolution where students are familiar with Skype and have experienced living in far flung destinations.
Flat classroom projects abound across countries. Students think nothing of online collaboration with students from other parts of the world. Likewise my class wiki expands into the homes of student’s family who live in another country. I am able to stay in contact whilst away at a conference. This flattening of the walls further encourages global citizens. Tools for everyday life and tools for school have always overlapped. What are the current interests? Where are these interests leading to and how can we use them to stimulate the teaching environment? As the pace of technology increases exponentially we must be ready.
Augmented reality and QR codes have become a popular focus in the public sector. Mobile phones create overlays that expand the imagination and allow for manipulation of the normal world. In the next 2 years we are going to see this kind of technology becoming much more integrated into the educational arena. A study of Sydney 100 years ago allows students to see what it was really like by using their mobile devises.http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/layar/