Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Future-focused education - what does it mean? from enabling elearning...

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Read this little bit more, Where are we in the journey? Future-focused education - what does it mean? How can education prepare students for living in the 21st century? How can schooling change to meet meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century? How can we prepare students to address "future-focused" issues such as sustainability, globalisation, citizenship, and enterprise? Bolstad, R. (2011) 1 Literature suggests we need to be future-oriented and adaptable, adopting a more complex view of knowledge, that incorporates knowing, doing, and being. Alongside this we need to rethink our ideas about how our learning systems are organised, resourced, and supported. Educators need to consider: Personalising learning – how can you use technologies to build the school curriculum around the learner and more flexibly to meet learners’ needs? Building an inclusive learning environment - how you use technologies to: enage learners, family/whānau, and communities in co-shaping education to address students’ needs, strengths, interests and aspirations? provide access to anywhere, anytime learning? support assessment and evaluation processes so that these are dynamic and responsive to information about students? Developing a school curriculum that uses knowledge to develop learning capacity – how can you use technologies to enable students to create and use new knowledge to solve problems and find solutions to challenges as they arise on a “just-in-time” basis? Rethinking learners’ and teachers’ roles – how can you use technologies to create a “knowledge-building” learning environment where learners and teachers work together? Building a culture of continuous learning for teachers and school leaders – what opportunities to participate in and build professional learning are afforded by technologies? New kinds of partnerships and relationships - how can technologies be used to facilitate this? Bolstad, R & Gilbert J, et al. (2012) 2

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