It should be passion-driven, as teachers guide students in pursuit of what interests them most. A 21st century curriculum should provide opportunities for students to build relationships, network, and act collectively. Students should be asked to synthesize information and demonstrate self-reliance. We also need to teach our students empathy for people from diverse backgrounds, because in the future, a great deal of their interactions will be carried out in online spaces, where they will be collaborating with people around the world.
In my work with global cohorts of teachers and administrators through the Powerful Learning Practice network, I advocate a three-pronged approach to learning in the 21st century, both for the young people we are guiding and for ourselves in our professional and personal lives. We need to be visionary. We are not marching slowly into the future; we are speeding toward it in a whirlwind frenzy, mandated by the exponential rate of change. As educators, we must continuously ask ourselves, What do students need to learn to succeed in the world to come?
A world we can't even imagine.
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been an educator for 20 years and has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor, and digital learning consultant. She is a noted international keynote speaker and cofounder of Powerful Learning Practice. She blogs at www. Copyright by ASCD. All rights reserved. Visit www. Subscribe to ASCD Express , our free e-mail newsletter, to have practical, actionable strategies and information delivered to your e-mail inbox twice a month.
ASCD respects intellectual property rights and adheres to the laws governing them. Learn more about our permissions policy and submit your request online. A Futuristic Vision for 21st Century Education Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach As new national standards emerge and consortia promise better assessments to measure student progress and teacher effectiveness, educators find themselves once again grappling with the question, What do students need to learn?
The Information Revolution At best, the current thinking about school reform gives only a token nod to the unprecedented access and connectedness that the Internet represents. The New 21st Century Curriculum The new 21st century curriculum should be fluid, shaping and reshaping itself in response to students' self-direction and unpredictable events. We need to participate in face-to-face learning and build deep relationships with other people who we trust and with whom we can take learning risks and share and demonstrate what we know and care about.
We need to learn through global communities of inquiry. These are communities we find or create for ourselves that are populated by others who share our commitment to work and learn together over an extended period of time, mostly in virtual space. These diverse communities expand our understanding of both commonalities and differences. Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia developed a rubric to measure against specific benchmarks across all key areas, including research and information fluency, communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and creativity and innovation.
Education needs to evolve, so as to teach and prepare students for the needs of our future workforce , and the skills needed to drive this continue to change. Ideally, your professional development program should mirror what you desire from your new learning model. For example, if you are building a project-based learning rubric, your professional development model should also be project-based.
This will help instill confidence in teachers shifting into new models — and will go a long way to building success. Providing students with equal access to information can help shrink the digital divide.
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Oakland Calif. However, you need to make sure you have the right metric. Education that is future ready should be aimed at developing productive citizens around creativity, critical thinking and working collaboratively regardless of the career path. As the adage goes, it takes a village to raise a child. It takes the support of an entire community to build a successful future-ready initiative. SHAWCO, a nonprofit organization supporting the developing communities in South Africa, lacked the computing facilities and technology needed to meet the growing demand.
The organization rolled out a number of fully connected solar-powered learning labs equipped with the latest servers and switches, offering a secure and power-efficient way to access the internet.
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By working with the local community, the organization was able to help students prepare for continued education course exams, while providing dependable internet access in an area with an unpredictable power supply. Aligning your team around a number of strategic priorities that personify your vision will ensure the success of your future ready initiative.
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Overcoming the misconception that future-ready initiatives are all about the technology can be challenging. Technology and the devices used are only secondary to that mission. MENU Log in. Trending Now.
Trending Now Management. Digital Workspace. Here are nine steps for schools and administrators to consider in order to bring future-ready momentum to the classroom: 1.