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“What Do We Know About Our Kids’ Futures? Really"

Technology is changing the way the world works every day. Ten years from now there is no way of telling what advances will have occurred due to the usage of technology. This is a thought that scares many people throughout the world. Technology usage is at its all time high, therefore previous generations do not know how to interact and adjust to the different opportunities that using technology could bring. So what does that mean for our children? Well, since the older generation does not know or understand technology there is no way of teaching the information to our children.

In his blog “What Do We Know About Our Kids’ Futures? Really”,  Will Richardson mentions his view on the issue that even though there is no way of predicting what the future will hold, he does not feel that the curriculum being taught to our children is going to benefit them in any way. In order to best prepare our children for the future, Richardson believes that the school system needs to change the curriculum being taught. Richardson suggests a list of qualities that our children should have in order to be as fully prepared for the future with technology as possible. Some examples include:

  • Networked – They’ll need to be an “outboard brain.”
  • More collaborative – They are going to need to work closely with people to co-create information
  • More globally aware
  • Less dependent on paper
  • More active – In just about every sense of the word, Physically, Socially, Politically.
  • More connected- To their communities, to their environments, to the world.

 There is no way of telling what the future is going to be like or what role technology will have in our lives, but the best way to ensure that our children are prepared for what could occur is to teach them the qualities that are going to be needed. This can only happen by changing the curriculum that they are being taught in school.

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Comment by Kimberly Bochicchio on May 7, 2013 at 9:58pm

Nicole, 

    Great Post! I agree that the traditional classroom setting must change in order for students of the present and future to have an effective schooling career. The future classroom needs to include technologies in order to keep students interested, motivated and engaged.  I agree that future students are going to be more globally aware, more collaborative, more active, more connected and definitely less dependent on paper.  In the current day kids and students are bored within a minute of no technology.  Teachers and other adults need to understand how their students and children think in order to give them the best possible education. 

Comment by Erica Guja on May 7, 2013 at 10:45pm

Nicole,

Awesome post! I thought the topic you chose was very interesting. It is true that many individuals of our world, not only educators are scared at what technology can do. Most don't realize that there are benefits that outweigh the stressors. Another great point you hit on was the fact that students are bored and not enthusiastic about learning, which needs to  be dealt with. Thanks for this post you did a great job.

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