Thursday, January 26, 2012

Are you preparing today's children?

Mindshift recently reran some of their most popular articles from the previous year - included in this rerun is an article titled How do we prepare our children for what's next. This article discusses the ever-changing face of education and addresses the fact that education has not caught up with these changes, thus students are being failed. In the article 3 suggestions for parents to help prepare their children are given:

  1. Experiment with SCRATCH - which is a really cool and easy to use, and it provides great technology experience for children.
  2. Embark on a meaningful project - if you've heard it once, you've heard it a hundred times "Project-based learning" helps prepare today's children for tomorrow's world. When 65% of today's grade school kids may end up doing jobs that haven't been invented today, teaching methodologies such as project based learning teach children skills that be carried into any/all careers that they may one day hold. 
  3. Learn how to be a responsible digital citizen - The digital world is here to stay - instead of sticking our hands in the sand and pretending that it doesn't exist, it's time that we embraced it and all that it has to offer... with the good comes the bad. Teach digital citizenship and all of the responsibilities needed by today's digital youth.

This article also addresses the culture of fear, 21st century classrooms and more! Read, learn and DO!

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