Futures Learning – just the current educational catchcry or the real deal?
Every generation understands the importance of educating the students of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. This has never been more true or important than in our technological society today.
The students of today should be… flexible, intuitive, and resilient. Excited, engaged and entrepreneurial in their outlook. Open to change and with a desire and commitment to a lifelong love of learning.
The implications for this are varied and far-reaching. It has never been more important for teachers to think differently, teach differently, and engage their students.
The schools of today need to be able to shape the society and workforce of tomorrow… our thinkers, inventors, scientists, creators, and leaders. Teachers and schools need to cater to these competing needs. They need to be able to assist students to achieve good test scores, while creating interest in their learning, stretching their minds, and nurturing their wellbeing.
Teachers with the vision and motivation to embrace futures learning are needed to move Australian students beyond basic ICT tasks. Students need to become more confident and able to perform complex ICT tasks such as coding and developing programs and algorithms to solve real world problems.
This is a tall order – but not impossible!
At Tactile Theory we believe there are smart ways to do this. By placing the students front and centre, making some strategic purchases, developing teacher understanding of a range of technologies, while equipping them with a few quality learning strategies, students will be well-placed to take advantage of what a futures learning classroom offers, including:
- Project-based learning
- Classroom gamification
- Emerging technologies
- Digital fabrication
Tactile Theory understands the benefit of using robotics and coding with students from Early Childhood learners to Stage 6 learners. We believe robotics has the ability to achieve all the futures learning goals by using and integrating a number of the above learning strategies and technologies.
Who wouldn’t want to teach in a classroom like this?
If you are looking to learn about Futures Learning from scratch, or revisit some already familiar concepts and get some further ideas and training, we invite you to explore our website and the hands on education we offer.