Technology is a driving force when it comes to education. Yesterday’s classrooms do not even cut close to the ones we see today; smartboards, projectors, digital lessons, and creative spaces have replaced the more traditional chalk and duster duo! A report by the World Economic Forum stated that about 65% of the children entering primary school in 2017 will have jobs that do not yet exist.
In this article, we will discuss how technology is ruling the roost and dominating career choices for children to prepare them for a fast-paced and challenging digitised workplace.
Future-ready or not?
Education is an ongoing cycle, from a child’s first day in school to the time he steps into the workplace, and beyond. More than often, the emphasis is only led on a clockwork model of predetermined skillsets that include solving certain equations, learning a certain chapter; the list is endless! Developing problem-solving skills in a non-cognitive environment is more crucial as compared to completely relying on textbook-oriented knowledge. The way forward for the future is a curriculum that focuses on all aspects of mathematical, linguistic and technological skills, for children to succeed in their future jobs.
Foresee with the four Cs
Cracking the career code for children of the future is synonymous with the four Cs– creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. There is no second option when it comes to character-building or integrating all-purpose life skills in a child. The ability to deal with unfamiliar situations and the zeal to tackle new challenges needs to be ingrained at a younger age
Build technological fluency
With the advent of artificial intelligence and how machine learning is being incorporated into the daily lives of children, the importance of technology is increasing at an unprecedented rate, the future of which is unanticipated. It is always good to prepare them for a technologically and more essentially, digitally fluid workspace. We must teach our children how to think in order to thrive in a complicated world. It is important to help them think critically from a very young age and encourage them to ask questions, the “how” and “why” – how algorithms work, why should they use that particular code, how does their perspective differ from others and how can they use coding to solve real-world problems. Engagement in basic facets of robotics or some basic level programming are all avenues that can be turned into an occupation from a hobby with the right kind of guidance in the later stages.
Conclusion- cracking the code the right way
The world around children is moving towards a more technologically-reliant scenario. It is essential for them to walk the right path when it comes to determining career choices, or to take fruitful life decisions. Tech skills can help children thrive no matter what the workforce may turn out to be in the near future. Modo offers online courses for children that take a more holistic approach to learning. With a blend of well-structured online courses and kit-based curriculum, Modo aims to get children future-ready, complete with a certification!
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