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I have been writing recently about the advances of digital technology and how it affects our mode of communication and sharing of information in our daily lives. These trends have also made its foray into the education field where E-learning and portable devices are used for dispensing strategic classroom curriculum.

 

The days of siting for exams may be over as we embrace these virtual and sophisticated technology and diverse cultural international trends which is taking over the academic world by storm. The World Economic Forum estimates that 65% of children entering primary school will find themselves in occupations that today do not exist. So let us embrace the inevitable changes by adapting and assimilating the following new milieu methodology for success in our studies for the future.

1. Personalised learning and customised curriculum One size does not fit all. Educators will allow students to become more involved in their own curricula. Invaluable feedback from students on the content and durability of their courses is a must for an all-embracing and encompassing educational program. Exchange of facts becomes more stimulating when teachers conduct interactive quizzes as well as debates along with the traditional storytelling classroom sessions.

2. Holistic all-round character development GPA scores, rankings and results might soon become a thing of the past. Students today are heavily focused on the end result – achieving that high score, receiving a distinction in class and getting the “A+” in those tests. Education of the future will highlight what you have been told many times before: results do not define you. Do exams really prepare us for the future? Grading is a waste of time if its purpose is solely to point out who is at the top and who is at the bottom. Nowadays, just regurgitating memorised facts and figures but also have the wisdom to apply it to make our lives a bigger and better world. We don’t need only be assessed on academics but also other components like emotional intelligence and social skills as well.

3. Technology is the name of the game “In a 21st-century world where jobs can be shipped wherever there’s an Internet connection … a child born in Dallas is now competing with a child in New Delhi.” President Barack Obama. It’s a no brainer that virtual learning technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and educational software are already making inroads and changing the role of traditional teacher-led learning environments and shaking up the communications arena on the way we learn and teach in the classrooms.

4. Edu-tainment – engaging students There is already a merging trend of education and entertainment, termed “edu-tainment” concept which is opening doors to whole new realm of two-way learning environment. Multi-media has become an important interactive tool to impart education. It has the power to engage and enliven students’ learning capacity by improving their creative skills. Live podcasts, videos and recorded audio-video lessons are the latest educational trends that will promise a beautiful makeover to the traditional classroom-type of teaching and learning.

5. Real-life work projects and internships The end goal of your educational process is ensure that you are equipped for the marketplace. Therefore, the schools will need to provide opportunities for real-life job training and apprenticeships. In-house training workshops and job placements can help students gain technical knowledge as well as hone their social networking skills. social networking skills. They will land up in better organizations which ultimately result in satisfying and lucrative careers.

In conclusion Current teaching ethos is already pushing beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom set-up and will continue to do so as education evolves to fit the future’s workforce needs. It is the educator’s responsibility to empower students to take risks, be innovative and seize any learning opportunity thrown their way. Nelson Mandela correctly predicted that “education is the most powerful weapon that can change the world” as we know it. In the new millennium era, it will take not only human knowledge to create a more powerful nuclear weapon or the solution to world peace – but also the capability of educational institutions to nurture and develop the character and skills-set of the leader who might have the power to push the button that might change the course of history.

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