What does learning look like in the future? It goes beyond the traditional sense of schooling within current practices. Authentic learning beyond the classroom, critical evaluation skills, and global collaboration are components that are crucial for making change.
Learning is not what it used to be. It is not confined to a building or a restricted amount of hours in a day. With the advancements in mobile resources, learning takes place all day no matter where students are. Schools and teachers have a job to nourish the mindsets of students to one that comprehends these ideas and sees learning as an evolutionary process. The continuation of learning outside of the classroom hours should inspire students to be reflective of their process of learning and how skills can be transferred and malleable to multiple areas of interest. The physical space where students learn needs to encourage the flexibility to explore interests and passions, developing student’s mindset that learning does not just take place in a formal setting at school.
Due to the immediacy of knowledge that is accessible, students need to be critical thinkers when evaluating and synthesizing information. Mere consumption of content is not enough, as innovative approaches to the world’s problems are being addressed by individuals who are able to creatively apply their understanding from vast amounts of resources. Students need facilitation on how to interpret information and make informed decisions from both digital and traditional resources, as well as face-to-face and virtual experiences. Beyond interpretation, it is essential that what students do with this knowledge leads to innovation and creation.
With constant social connectivity, there is the need for the ability to collaborate with others in a classroom, across age gaps, and among different cultures at any time of day. Collective thought and creation should be cultivated through the use of technology to promote the development of positive civic change. Because students are able to collaborate without the direct supervision of adults, the need to be mindful of ethical awareness is heightened. This mindfulness will allow learners from various backgrounds to surpass differences or discourse and focus on collaborative creation.
Mobile devices naturally lend themselves to ubiquitous learning, which leads to the need for students acting as constant critical thinkers, and purposeful creators of knowledge. It is what students do with this knowledge collaboratively that will lead toward creative, collective innovation.
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