Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What is School? What jobs are we preparing students for?

What jobs are you preparing students for?

For the last few weeks we have been thinking about how we define school and how the scholastic system is changing from an industrial model to a communications model brought about by a rapidly growing technology sector.  The questions I’d like to think about this week focus less on how we define school and more on the type of jobs we see our students doing in the future.  How we can prepare students for the fantastic opportunities they will play a part in creating? What can we do to tweak our lessons, teaching methods and technology to educate today’s students to become tomorrow’s thought leaders?

16 year-old Ann Mavosinski saw a problem in education. Her friend was failing to study for a simple reason, there wasn’t enough electricity to power lights so she could study at night. Anne took the problem into her own hands and solved it. Watch her video to see how.

Join the conversation on Thursday, July 3, 7pm EDT as we discuss What Is School? #whatisschool 


The questions for this week's discussion are below:
 
Q1) 65% of the jobs students will do in the future don't exist yet. What do you think these jobs will be?

Q2) How are the teaching strategies you are using, preparing student's for these jobs?

Q3) What strategies, technologies or classes would you add, real or imagined, to help teach skills your students will need?

Q4) Students are already able to solve real world problems. How can you foster these skills in your classroom?

Q5) Think of a real world problem you and your students could solve - share some ideas ...

Q6) Why did you choose this problem, how can your student's solve it?

Q7) How will you support your students in solving this problem using inquiry, trial & error & technology?

Co-moderated by children's book author and edu speaker Laura Hill @candylandcaper and international educator Craig Kemp @Mrkempnz  Please contact either of us with your questions and ideas, we'd love to hear from you!